Hanging with the homemade Baja Racer
Top Gear tackles a 75-foot jump in the Rally Fighter, a buggy conceived and built by the public
Posted: 15 Nov 2010
The suspension, which looks like it should be holding up a bridge somewhere, is the same mega-trick Fox set-up used on the rabid Ford Raptor pickup, with 46cm of travel at the front and 51cm at the rear, or roughly the same as most Trophy trucks.
The ride height is manually adjustable between two positions. And the engine, in this prototype, is a BMW diesel straight-six lifted from a 335d, but the first production versions are going to be fitted with a 430bhp petrol-powered LS3 V8 E-Rod engine, GM's customer-spec engine used by hot rodders nationwide. As much as I like the unlikely diesel option - and there will be another BMW one later, Jay confirms - the GM unit feels like it will be the right engine for a car like the US Rally Fighter. A car for red-blooded, petrol-powered thrill-seekers, if ever there was one.