RC ADVENTURES - PADDLE POWER? Will iT SiNK? TRUCK-BOAT PROJECT, TOYBOTA! TOP GEAR TRiBUTE BUiLD
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Yes, I am back with my maniacal Toybota Project.. Haven't I had enough?! Clearly, not. My PADDLE TiRES have come in.. and I have several tests I want to run through. For example - if I take the outboard motor off of it.. will it become "the toyfloata" ? Is it practical? Do the paddles increase the speed ? If you run the tires AND motor at the same time.. does THAT increase the speed?! What happens if you FLOOD the back tray.. does the truck sink? These are questions that people wanted answered - and I'm here to answer! These tires are 1.9 Sand Thrashers - and I promised our viewers that I would try to get this Truck Boat in the water with JUST PADDLES! Well - you know me.. if you have followed my show - I make good on my promises! Lets put some tires onto bead locks - and test it out. This is a crazy project - hair brained, to be sure.
I have built an amphibious vehicle (a replica TOYOTA Land Cruiser LC70 UTE, and it is radio controlled. I have attempted this crossing before, but ran into a few problems on the maiden voyage. I built the truck as a kit, and expanded on my ideas from there. This truck is full 4x4, locked - and has a 2 speed Transmission. I have custom built this truck with full intention of mounting a GiANT REPLICA of a 250 HP HONDA OUTBOARD MOTOR - and seeing if I could cross a large body of water. Back in the days of TOP GEAR BBC - with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, our family would always gather to watch the show all the way from Canada!
I was always inspired by the crazy stunts and activities those boys got up to.. and one that always stuck out in my mind - was the Toybota (Part Toyota, Part Truck), and the Truck Boat Challenge with the Nissan - and the 3 of them crossed the English channel to BEAT Sir Richard Branson's record time in an amphibious vehicle.
Here are the BBC Videos of Reference
BBC Top Gear Car-Boat Challenge: Toyota "Toybota"
BBC Top Gear CAR/Boat Challenge: Nissan "Nissank"
My outboard Engine is controlled by Cable Driven Steering, as well as a 11.1v Lithium Polymer battery. It has plenty of power, but I have to be careful as demonstrated in the video. "Plowing the water" is a real thing.. but there are ways to tackle this problem, and keep this truck looking true-to-scale.
Oddly enough, Jeremy didn't cross the lake in the first attempt, but he was able to cross the Channel! Will the Second Attempt be a Success for me, after a first time fail? Watch to see what happens!
During this 10 Video Series, we were fortunate to have MotoringBox & Grand Tour Pick up a story! They did a complete write-up about our Maiden Voyage. Here is a link to the article!
This Article was also picked up by Grand Tour, and Drive Tribe!
They had a slightly different take on our adventure, and here is THEiR Article!
These two articles were a "Driving" factor in seeing this project through - so that Jeremy and the Boys, could find out about the build and hopefully get a few extra smiles in!
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