Reboot Buggy (1)

O Joey Ruiter, ένας Product Designer σκέφτηκε και υλοποίησε ένα hardcore buggy το οποίο δεν έχει οροφή, είναι βγαλμένο λες και προέρχεται από κάποια ταινία του ράμπο και φορά έναν θηριώδη V8 κινητήρα βενζίνης. Φαντάζεσαι κάτι καλύτερο για τις καλοκαιρινές σου διακοπές σε κάποιο από τα 10αδες ελληνικά μας νησιά;

Το Reboot Buggy, όπως ονομάζει την ιδέα του ο Ruiter, κάνει τα Wrangler να δείχνουν τόσο κλασσικά. Ο Ruiter εμπνεύστηκε το Reboot Buggy από τα πρώτα αυτοκίνητα που κατασκευάστηκαν ποτέ. Εκτός του ότι δεν έχει οροφή, δεν έχει καν στερεοφωνικό.

Κατασκευασμένο πάνω σε ένα σωληνωτό ατσάλινο πλαίσιο, το buggy διαθέτει ανεξάρτητη ανάρτηση διαδρομής 26 ιντσών και φορά 40 ιντσών ελαστικά. Ο Small Block V8 κινητήρας του παράγει 470 άλογα και συνδέεται με ένα τριτάχυτο αυτόματο κιβώτιο.

To αυτοκίνητο έχει σχεδιαστεί ώστε να είναι όσο το δυνατόν απλούστερο. Τα περισσότερα μέρη του μπορούν να βρεθούν σχετικά εύκολα στην αγορά, ώστε ο καθένας να μπορεί να το επιδιορθωθεί σε περίπτωση που χαλάσει κάτι.

Απορείς αν θα περάσει ποτέ στη παραγωγή; Μάλλον όχι είναι το πιο πιθανό, αλλά είπε κανείς πως τα όνειρα δεν επιτρέπονται; Απόλαυσε το στο video που ακολουθεί και νομίζω πως θα το λατρέψεις.

[Πηγή: Joey Ruiter]

Δελτίο Τύπου

REBOOT BUGGY

Grand Rapids, Michigan – August 29, 2013 – Deep down, what does a car want to be? In an age of increasingly pampered human-centered design, it’s easy to lose track of pure performance—performance dictated by the vehicle instead of the driver. For JRuiter designer, Joey Ruiter, this question was the beginning of a crazed investigation into what is essential, and what is not.

“It sounds strange, but I wanted the vehicle to determine its design,” explains Ruiter, “Even if it means ignoring the driver’s needs.” To free himself from current automotive conventions, Ruiter went back the beginning. In this case, all the way back to the horse. The result is Reboot Buggy. With its roofless passenger compartment and hulking all-terrain wheels, it’s what happens when a race-bred horse evolves into a modern-day carriage.

Motoring may be the best way to explain the Reboot Buggy driving experience. Equipped with a 470-horsepower small block V8 and a fully independent suspension, Ruiter’s modern carriage is tuned to veer off road at a moment’s notice. “Before there were roads and infrastructure,

buggies had to be equipped for all terrains. Capability was essential.”

Essential is hard to come by in a time when vehicles routinely advertise self-parking and gadgetry that turn driving into a passive experience. “It seems almost novel to want to focus on one thing at a time. In this case, driving—not your smart phone or your air conditioned seat.”

Though rooted in the past, Reboot Buggy is intentionally timeless. According to Ruiter, “There’s no defining technology to date the car to a particular point in time.” This doesn’t prevent a driver from plugging a phone into the dash and using it to display the vehicle’s instruments and gauges. “The car isn’t burdened with the demands of technology.” Ruiter explains, “If a driver wants to bring their technology along for the ride, it’s up to them.”

Remaining true to its essentials-only ethos, development of the vehicle required little more than basic tools, welding expertise, and a powertrain mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission. The result is almost alien, despite parts that are available in most salvage yards.

Once assembled, Reboot Buggy can tour the countryside by any means necessary. And, if anything goes wrong along the way, the average mechanic can put it back together again. “Folks in just about any town should be able to fix it.”

Reboot Buggy’s aesthetics are equally unfussy. Measuring 14 feet in length and no taller than a Prius, its deconstructed aesthetic is as much about what’s on the vehicle as what’s not. Pointing out the nose of the Buggy, for example, Ruiter questions the need for anything more. “A grille seemed extraneous. Why have one?”

Up next for Ruiter is an exploration of a different kind. “I’ve been rethinking the economy car.” Rather than practicality, Ruiter is in search of attitude, performance, and even a little street cred. “Rolling around in it will make you feel different. You’ll want to take it out.” In other words, it won’t be the eco-box we’re used to. “The economy car has lost touch with inspiration, wonder, and possibility. I want it back.”

Specifications:

Car Type: Carriage Coupe Layout: Mid-Engine, Rear-Wheel-Drive, 4 wheel independent suspension Transmission: 3-speed Automatic Engine: Small Block V8 Horsepower: 470 Wheelbase: 126 inches

Contact:
Joey Ruiter info@jruiter.com

Grand Rapids, MI 616.283.1610