OVER THE BARS
Honda has been working on various
robotic concepts, and one is a robot
UTV. Will one of these things eventually go roosting past you on the trail?
Probably not, unless it’s rushing to a
disaster scene. Honda’s main idea is the
robot UTV would help with the work-force and emergency situations.
This Wildcat XX was running around at Robby Gordon’s Speed
Series. This does not look like a prototype. It looks more like a
production machine than any we have seen in person.
(Below) The interior of the car, though dirty after being used
to right flipped cars, also looks like a production unit.
(Bottom) We haven’t seen any of the XX machines with a rear end that
looks this production. The trailing-arm design requires no radius rods.
WILDCAT XX GETS CLOSER
Textron Off Road and racer/promoter
Robby Gordon have a close relationship,
and as a result, Gordon’s Speed Series
stadium events are sponsored by
Textron. One of the symbols of that
relationship was this Wildcat XX running
around the track. It wasn’t racing, but
was used mostly to tip other machines
back onto their wheels. Gordon had
a couple of full-race XX models at the
Sand Show, but this unit looks like it is
fully production. It definitely looks good.
This unique trailing-arm design with
a double front pivot is one of the
trademarks of Gordon’s influence on
the suspension design.