NEW NARROW WILDCAT
There is a constant battle between
Polaris and Arctic Cat to one-up
each other. With the recent
announcement of the 50-inch-wide
Wildcat, Arctic Cat is looking to take
a bigger bite out of RZR sales. In fact,
Polaris tells us their 50-inch model is
still their best seller.
The Wildcat 50 will most likely
have a smaller V-twin engine and,
possibly, different rear suspension.
We expect to see a tighter, more compact chassis, with stiffer shocks and a
much tighter turning radius than the
big ’Cat. We do know that if the new
Wildcat works as well as the RZR 570
in the woods, it will be a hit.
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PROTOTYPE UTV DESIGNED FOR
THE DAKAR RALLY
The annual, long-distance, cross-country race known as the Dakar
Rally has always provided some
unique-looking vehicles. The international event continues to offer a
showcase of new ideas and concepts from off-road engineers. This
prototype is from the French
automaker Citroen. The smaller,
UTV-sized car was conceived to offer
certain advantages for drivers competing in future Dakar rallies.
The upper-body structure is
designed to have some elasticity to
survive the constant pounding that a
high-speed off-road vehicle deals
with. It’s also suppose to help prevent
injuries to the driver when the car
flips or rolls over, which regularly
occurs in the big dune sections. The
wheels and tires offer some addition-
al innovations. Eight separate sec-
tions are put together so that a punc-
ture only affects one. The rest of the
tire still contains air, and the dam-
aged section can quickly be replaced
without removing the whole wheel.
Could Citroen wind up making a
production model of this for the
booming UTV market? We shall see.