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It's been a while since I posted anything on TamiyaClub, so it is long overdue that I share something with you!
Some of you may know that I've been working on a front-wheel-driven (FWD) Buggy, and a few years on, my dreams have come true: A competitive, no-compromise FWD Buggy concept!
It all started out with seeing Grahoo's magnificent Poprod Buggy on TamiyaClub back in 2008. From there on I started reading into the history of FWD buggies, and soon enough, I wanted my own car.
This started off with my first buggy in 2009, built from FF01 chassis which I combined with a DF01 chassis tub, suspension arms and Dirt Thrasher bodyshell to make a simple FWD buggy. The car's fun factor was through the roof, but its shocks, lack of a slipper clutch and brittle materials made it unsuitable for fanatic off-road adventures.
A few years went on and I started buggy racing. I built another FWD buggy, this time based on the TRF201. There were some basic design flaws in the car, but overall the car showed that the concept could prove fun for racing and in fact was very stable, easy to drive and jumped well (despite all the weight up front).
In the interest to make a competitive FWD Buggy, two prototypes followed, using the Team Durango DEX210 as a basis, and in February 2015 I won a championship series with the latest prototype.
The fan-base for FWD Buggies is there, and in fact I think it could be a lot bigger than it is today, isn’t it for the fact that no production FWD buggies have been made for over 20 years – that’s way too long, so I have made a conversion kit for the Team Durango DEX210V2, using CNC machined carbon fibre and 3D printed nylon chassis and suspension components. The car is called the ‘ORB Racing FF210’ and I hope this car will give the FWD-concept a long-awaited and well-deserved second opportunity to gain popularity!
So... thanks TamiyaClub for sharing so many awesome cars over the years... I hope hereby I can contribute :)