This year’s King of the Hammers race is being touted as the most difficult one so far. The event always combines high-speed desert racing with technical low-speed desert racing, but the trails from this year broke every rig except for a mere 27 finishers.
It seems like it wasn’t too long ago that I was posting about Tim Cameron’s last buggy, the Game Changer. With Game Changer, Tim modified one of his existing designs to fit a massive monster truck transfer case. I think the balance of the chassis was off because most of the videos of it in action involved flipping upside down. It seems Tim decided to start with a clean sheet design for his new buggy, the Ultra Bouncer. The engine has been upgraded from a 572 crate engine to a 1,000 horsepower 632 cubic Merlin big block Chevy and was moved from the front to the middle of the chassis. It looks like the cockpit was offset to keep the transfer case centered.
Here’s some footage of Ultra Bouncer getting a shakedown. It seems like the work to improve the balance has paid off in much better traction and agility:
This is the full NBC broadcast of Round 3 of the 2013 Stadium SUPER Trucks series that took place at the LA Coliseum on April 27th. The revival of the SST series has been a project of driver Robbie Gordon in an effort to bring offroad racing back to a fan friendly and profitable venue. The trucks are a mix between motocross bikes and desert racing trophy trucks. They are light, very fast and have huge amounts of suspension travel for jumping.
Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe thinks you’ve probably never heard of the Bowler company before. He’s obviously not seen my other blog post about the Bowler Wildcat, Tomcat and EXR-S. To demonstrate how crazy the tube framed EXR-S is, the guys line it up on a handling course against a car that specializes in handling courses, the Caterham Seven Supersport. Enjoy the ridiculousness with commentary from both drivers as they chase each other around the track: