A buggy ride is a wonderful and, most importantly, fairly safe vacation that provides an adrenaline rush and a huge boost of energy.
History of occurrence
The first appearance of the buggy was recorded in the fifties in the United States. It all started with the fact that already worn-out and unsuitable for normal driving cars were used for active pastime, which often did not have doors, wings or a body. Racers on such machines drove at high speed through sand pits, sometimes competing with each other. Buggy prototypes quickly took root, and soon whole autocross shows began to be purposefully arranged. After some time, the popularity of this pastime spread outside the United States.
In the USSR, the first buggies appeared in the early seventies. Usually they were modified from such cars as Zhiguli, GAZ-69, Zaporozhets, Moskvich. And in 1972, a group of students of the Togliatti Polytechnic University began to develop a project for the first cross-country car. The model received the designation B‑2901 and was a two-seater sports and tourist car assembled on the basis of the Zhiguli, where the engine was located in front and the rear wheels were driving. Three years later, the creation of the machine was completed. Safety arcs were welded to the space frame, made of pipes, and aluminum and plastic body panels were attached, which later became a hallmark of all buggies. Thanks to careful design, the weight of the B‑2901 was reduced to 750 kilograms.
The Togliatti-made buggy made a successful debut at one of the autocrosses, and eyewitnesses noted the high stability, cross-country ability, speed and maneuverability of the car. The invention of this car prompted the AvtoVAZ plant to establish the production of buggies in the laboratory of sports and racing cars, which further contributed to the constant search for opportunities for the development of buggies in the post-Soviet space.
Sports buggy classes
Today in the world there are several classes of sports buggies.
Buggy for trophy raids
They represent the most lightweight all-wheel drive version, built on the basis of off-road vehicles for passing sections of complete off-road.
Comfortable and light beach buggy
Designed for movement on almost flat sandy surfaces. It is these buggies that are often used for tourist and recreational purposes.
Trial competition buggies (crawlers)
These buggies are capable of overcoming any natural (in the form of rocks, for example) and artificial obstacles.
Modern use of the buggy
The main area of use of buggies is cross-country cross-country. But racing is not the only area of application for such an original vehicle. There are also walking buggies used for traveling on asphalt. In addition, due to its stability, the buggy is ideal for amateur outdoor activities.
This car is reliable, which means it can provide the necessary safety for the driver in an accident. Due to its ability to withstand heavy loads, as well as maneuverability, the buggy is great for caravanning.
The vector of application of the buggy in the modern world is so wide that it is even used in the armies of some countries, for example, in Israel, for patrolling.
To control the buggy, you need to take training courses. You can also drive a tourist and recreational buggy only after instructions.
Often, buggies are assembled by motorists on their own, in order to later use a home-made car to participate in races or extreme travel. There are entire communities of car enthusiasts who share drawings with which you can assemble a buggy, avoiding significant costs. Of the companies engaged in the production of mainly pleasure buggies, the most famous is Meyers Manx, which has been producing its cars since the sixties of the last century.
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