Among the numerous 'guy toys', the fiberglass dune buggy is a prized possession of many. Due to its light weight and ease of assembly, fiberglass dune buggies are slowly becoming the rage all over the world.
Many people are unaware of the concept of buggies. The concept of buggy evolved from the small and compact carriages, that could be pulled with the help of a single horse or sometimes even a pony. The modern buggies are designed on a similar shape and size. The only difference is that, the modern buggies are powered by internal combustion engines and not horses.
What is a Dune Buggy?
Dune buggies are recreational vehicles with a peculiar chassis and engine structuring. The dune buggies usually have a very good ground clearance. The chassis of the dune buggy is fitted with the minimum requirements, that include the engine, gear box, essential auto parts, the steering wheels and two seats. The physical appearance of the buggy is rather different, as compared to the normal vehicles. The buggy has the appearance of a chassis with a frame-work and some minimum number of automotive components. Thus, the buggy is an all terrain vehicle, that is often used for pleasure tripping in the desert sands, beaches and sometimes even on snow-filled terrains. In recent times, the dune buggies have gained recognition as a recreational vehicles, that can be used for all terrain sports. Some of the armed forces have also taken up dune buggies, as a medium of quick transport in extreme conditions. The design of this vehicle is so simple, that some manufacturers have also started providing their customers with dune buggy fiberglass kits, so that they can build a dune buggy on their own.
Some of the very striking and outstanding features of the dune buggies are as follows:
Dune buggies have the bare minimum facilities attached on to them, due to which the vehicle becomes very light.
The less number of accessories mean that the dune buggy does not get damaged very badly, in the case of a very rough trip.
The dune buggy has very powerful suspension, which can be used for almost all types of terrain.
The wheels and tires have an oblong appearance and it has a very tough yet firm exterior tire design.
The buggy also has an exceptionally powerful engine.
Fiberglass Dune Buggy
Fiberglass dune buggies are the more innovative and re-engineered variants of the dune buggies. The basic difference between the normal dune buggy and the fiberglass buggy is, that all the peripherals and support systems are made up of fiberglass. The other parts, like the engine or gear box, are all made up of normal metals and alloys. The use of fiberglass proves to be very advantageous, as a result of the characteristics of fiberglass. The first and the most noticeable advantage is that the weight of the buggy is drastically reduced. The reduced weight enables the manufacturers to have an ideal mass to power ratio. The light weight also increases the maneuverability of the vehicle, along with the increased ability to access even the more difficult terrain. One of the very good characteristics of fiberglass dune buggies, is that the high-grade manufacturing process and the use of the best fiberglass makes the parts of the buggy, resistant to harsh shocks and vibrations. Some of the variants of fiberglass are also resistant to pressure and hence do not crack very easily.
Fiberglass dune buggies are still undergoing heavy changes, innovations and upgrades. Its unique characteristics and utilities, have made the fiberglass buggy a very popular vehicle among the rough terrain enthusiasts. Automotive manufacturers have also realized the utility and popularity of these vehicles and are slowly thinking up new and innovative car and buggy designs