Matt Prior: Bring back the beach buggy


It appears to be like the authentic dune buggy is thanks a comeback.

A several far more details about long term designs have started off to filter out of Meyers Manx, the enterprise established in California by Bruce Meyers in 1964 and famed for making easy, Volkswagen-dependent, glassfibre-shelled, open up-top rated off-roaders.

You may well know the Manx buggy ideal from the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair but it competed in Baja rallies, as well, and spawned dozens of identical buggies.

The principles were being the exact: the Volkswagen Beetle’s floorplan and working gear are largely flat and therefore ripe for sticking a system on top of them.

Functioning the present as one thing of a passion, Meyers was however running Meyers Manx in 2020 when, aged 94, he sold it to a enterprise called Trousdale Ventures. Even then he stayed on as an ambassador right up until his loss of life a yr later.

Trousdale appointed Freeman Thomas as CEO. A native Californian automotive designer, he had put in time with Volkswagen, Porsche, Daimler-Chrysler and Ford. On his CV is the idea that became the new Volkswagen Beetle, the authentic Audi TT, a Jeep Willys concept and other great factors.

“I grew up on the seashores of Southern California. As I grew to become an automotive designer, the philosophy of Bruce Meyers grew to become a large inspiration,” explained Thomas at the time. He will get it, in other phrases.

You could nonetheless purchase a glassfibre shell and kits from Meyers Manx in 2020. You cannot now, and corporations can not reside on T-shirt profits alone (except T-shirt firms, of course), which is the place one more of Trousdale’s firms, Coreshell Systems, arrives in.

Coreshell will make coatings for battery anodes and cathodes, the thought being to prevent batteries from corroding from inside of to strengthen equally usable potential and the lifetime of the lithium ion cells that underpin modern-day electrical autos.

Anyway, you can possibly see where this is likely: Coreshell technologies in a battery pack beneath a new Meyers Manx dune buggy.


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