Saturday, December 01, 2018

Production Exclusive! Volkswagen Electric Dune Buggy

No doors, no roof, no worries. A huge part of the fun behind the Volkswagen-based dune buggies of the 1960s, such as the classic Meyers Manx, was enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. Sure, not every day at the beach was going to be sunny – but when it was, cruising in a Manx was about as fun as it got. What if Volkswagen could bring back that open-air feeling, but this time as an electric car? That was the question that spawned the ID.BUGGY concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this week, and the answer may be closer to reality than you think.Built again from the MEB electric-vehicle chassis, the ID.BUGGY combines a 62-kWh battery pack with a 201-hp electric motor driving the rear wheels. On the road, the ID.BUGGY can reach 62 mph from rest in 7.2 seconds and travel up to an estimated 155 miles. But it’s off-road where the ID.BUGGY’s really designed to shine.Volkswagen ID.BUGGY Concept First, there are no doors or roof, although the light-up VW logo works as a sign that the ID.BUGGY comes from the electric future. The exterior design draws inspiration from the fiberglass magic of the ‘60s with a dramatic curve upward from front to rear, with off-road tires on 18-inch wheels and increased ground clearance from other MEB concepts. The entire interior was made from a waterproof material, and while there’s an optional sunshade that provides a limited amount of rain cover, the ID.BUGGY is as open-air as the Manx. There’s a minimalistic, weather-resistant digital cockpit and even a playful touch on the pedals, with a “play” arrow on the accelerator and a “pause” symbol on the brake.Concept vehicle shown, not available for sale. And the ID.BUGGY concept isn’t just a curvy car. The original dune buggies were made possible by the construction of the original Volkswagen Beetle, which made it simple to put custom bodywork on top of the Beetle’s running gear. The ID.BUGGY has been designed to help make similar moves possible with the MEB chassis for the first time with a body that can be removed after purchase due to a minimum of tech sensors –which can allow the 21st-century successors of Bruce Meyers to take the ID. BUGGY into new directions. Officially, the ID.BUGGY is just an idea of how the MEB chassis could produce driving fun, not an actual production vehicle. But the flexibility of Volkswagen’s future electric vehicles mean an electric beach buggy could become a sight on the shores once more.

Baja Racing News LIVE! Production Exclusive


UPDATED! November 30, 2018


"The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa) has formally presented a criminal complaint to the Federal Attorney General against the american enterprise company Score International, S de R.L. de C.V. (name in Mexico), for carrying out the Baja 1000 Off Road Race in 2018 in Ensenada. 

The complaint was filed Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in the Ensenada offices of the federal attorney general, because the race organizers violated Articles 418, (I) and (II), 420(IV) and (V) and other sections of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Protection of Flora and Fauna in the Valle de los Cirios."

Charges Filed Nov. 28, Reported Nov. 29. 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

ROAD TO DAKAR USA Begins Saturday, December 1

ROAD TO DAKAR USA Begins Saturday December 1, JOIN US! To Celebrate and Ride-Along To DAKAR 2019 on OFF-ROAD LIVE!

CABO 500 SPECIAL - MONSTER Mike's GARAGE - Blast From The Past

While Van Halen is considered one of the most influential and popular hard-rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s, they got their start in a particularly unglamorous, crazy block party way. Eventually making their way onto the Hollywood club scene. 

Off-Road Racing and Van Halen got their start across Los Angeles, USA. The famous rock band played massive, raucous backyard parties out of Los Angeles, in Southern California. 

This excerpt, from Greg Renoff's fascinating (even for non-VH fans) Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Party Band Saved Heavy Metal, a book almost anthropological in its level of detail, finds the band gigging at one of the aforementioned parties. Until, that is, things start to get out of hand.