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Fire Ant finds new owner

The famous Fire Ant buggy found a new owner! He became back to life after sitting in the workshop for some time.
The new owner finished 3 position overall on his first ride on the Belgian championship! Congratulations!
This fantastic event was organised by the Scorpion Challenge.
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Written by dgtuning

08/03/2012 at 17:14

C.A.T. Update!

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It took a while but finally a new update on C.A.T. the Taurus chassis of Chris Abel.

This chassis now went to the paintshop and Chris is finishing the last few details as we speak!

Some pictures to give you an idea how the truck is looking now:

Ced and Julians 316L Monster

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Cedric Smets and Julian Messent finished their project after 18 month of hard work!

They started from scratch and built a complete Stainless (316 L) spaceframe.

The buggy is powered by a Land Rover Td5 engine with a custome turbo and manifold and an automatic gearbox.

To handle all the power the buggy has 2 Spidertrax Spider 9 axles with High Pinion 9″ differentials and 40″ Super Swamper LTB tires!

They gave the buggy the first test at Mid Summer Madness in Ireland straight from the workshop and were very pleased with the result!

Watch out for this monster in the upcoming competitions!

Defender Td5 100″ gets Spidertrax Spider 9’s!

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Again another nice project for our team in the workshop!

This very nice equipped Defender Td5 90 which is stretched to 100″ using Gigglepin rear trailing arms will get Spidertrax Spider 9 axles with Hi9 ARB diffs, 4340 halfshafts!

The truck already had King 2,5″ Coilovers in the rear, but will now get the same coilovers in the front in combination with full hydraulic steering using HOWE components!

As mentioned before on this blog, D&G 4×4 Tuning is able to supply a bolt on kit for Land Rover Defenders meaning that you can replace your original axle with a Spidertrax Spider 9 and keep the existing suspension (springs, shocks, trailing arms) and propshaft.

As this Truck already had Gigglepin trailing arms with Johnny joints in the rear we will use these and replace the original front ones with North Offroad Front trailing arms with Johnny joints. Also the front axle will come forward a few inches to create the best possible approach angle!

The rear axle is completely ready to be painted and installed and we are now working on the front axle with the coilovers and full hydraulic steering!

More updates will follow in the next few days!

C.A.T.: Update

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A lot of work has been done on Chris Abels Taurus the past few weeks!

As you can see both the front and rear axle are now installed. The rear axle is completely finished with the Radflo 2″ coilovers and 2.5″ Triple bypass shocks in place! In the rear C.A.T. will have a 4 link suspension.

On the front we are now working on installing the Radflo 2″ coilovers and 2.5″ and the HD steering box, as this Taurus will get a mechanical steering box and not the full hydraulic steering as we use on most of our competition trucks. Also the 4 link which we use on most of the tubular chassis will be replaced by a custom made 3 link with panhard rod!

In the back we also made a lightweight support for the huge ATL tank with a capacity of 100l. The ATL tank has a built in lift pump, high pressure pump and fuel pressure regulator!

Also in the cabin a lot of work has been done, the floor panels have been made, also the D&G Dashboard got installed so we  can soon start working on the electirical part of the truck!

More updates on C.A.T. will follow very soon!

C.A.T.: Chris Abel’s Taurus

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As we announced earlier on our blog (click here to see post), Chris Abel and Jim Marsden have choosen for our Taurus tubular chassis with Defender look to use as a base for their new competition truck!

This weekend we started on the build of Chris Abel’s Taurus (C.A.T.), as you can see on the pictures, the engine (6l LS2 with gearbox and Atlas transferbox) are mounted in the chassis so the Land Rover front and rear bulkhead with truckcab roof could be installed by Chris and Simon who both came over to our workshop. The installed body panels give the tubular frame immediately the looks of real car!

As shown on the pictures, the snorkel is also installed together with some parts of the steering.

As we always try at D&G this car will be built with a high attention for details to keep the weight as low as possible and the truck as balanced as possible for both high speed events as technical challenges!

Follow this blog to see the updates on C.A.T.!

Tomcat Update: First test approaching!

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Again an update on our tomcat project!

This LS powered racing monster is getting closer to its first time out!

In the meanwhile we worked hard on it, all the welding is done, cabel loom for the engine is finished together with the waterproof display box with all the switches, gauges and fuses. All the brackets for the bodypanels, seats etc are also finished.

As you can see the Tomcat will have a huge ATL FIA approved fuelcell with a capacity of 170l!

Now we are rebuilding the vehicle unpaited to get it to Scruteneering for the Dutch offroad racing championship. After that it will get its first test, then it will be taken apart again to get it painted!

Next few days/weeks you will find a lot more updates on this projects on this Blog, so stay tuned!

Some pictures:

New Project: Tomcat 6l LS2 V8 on Spider 9’s

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After finishing the yellow buggy on portals we’re already working on the next project!

This project will be pretty different than what we did with the last few trucks. Instead of using the Twisted Customs chassis or our own Taurus chassis, our customer has chosen for a Tomcat chassis which is Land Rover based.

The Tomcat will be powered by an LS2 V8 with 490bhp and 680 Nm torque with a TH350 gearbox and a 2 speed Atlas transfer case. With this huge amount of power the land rover axles are replaced by the Spidertrax Spider 9 axles with Hi9 differentials!

As the tomcat will be mainly used for speed events it will be running small 35″ BF Goodrich MT KR tires, especially designed for speed events on the new STAUN racing TX wheels with staun internal beadlocks!
Off course the suspension on this a racer is very important, so it has Radflo 2″ coilovers and triple bypass shocks on each corner which will make the tomcat very stable on high speed!

A huge 170l ATL FIA Approved fuel cell will be placed in the back, to be able to do long speed races.

First pictures on the built so far can be found below. Further updates on this unique racer will follow very soon!!

The Baskerville Challenge 09: Humbug and Fire Ant

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Last weekend the Humbug had its first test at the Baskerville Challenge in North Wales.

Andy Chaplin, co-driver of Pete on the Humbug wrote a short report of the weekend:

After some very late nights and early starts at D&G Tuning we left with the humbug on friday evening for its first outing the baskerville challenge in north wales.

We arrive at the hotel at 1.30am and people come out to see the car at 7.30am we go outside to load our equipment for the day to find the car surrounded by people asking what things do how things work.

We start at stage 6 and it does take long for pete to get into the swing of 450 hp and he powers up though a boulder strewn gully we collect and power out of this section and into section 7 a steep hill climb we lost the front arb locker so we we just went for the power option and used the winch the winches are Gigglepin GP82 and now 24volt into 12 volt motors and pull like a ls2 at full chat. once we got to the top of the hill we fixed the arb hose which was a simple rerouting of the ARB air pipe to fix.

stage 8 was a very steep descent and gave us a test of the rear steer and the year winch both worked very well we collected the punches and got onto stage 9 a reverse winch down hill for 38mts pete just hit the winch button and descended using his rear steer all the way down collecting his punches on the way

stage 10/1112 went with out drama but for stage 13 it all ended up on the side then the roof and then the side pete was making lots of funny noises once he came to a rest we got him back on his wheels and on his way the only damage was a piece of lexon popped out the roof and peters ribs a little sore but he’s a big lad and he will get over it!

on to stage 14 last one of the day a rock crawl that was more like a few pebbles when you have 500mm of ground clearance then a 38mtr winch pulls followed by a long winch down and the a big rock crawl and then back to parc ferme

for a test weekend first time out the workmanship that D&G have produced id fantastic a brand new buggy completed 2 days in a very tough uk competition and is now back in belgium having a view tweaks

thank you to D&G and all help we have received in building this buggy!!

In the meanwhile the Humbug is back in our workshop for a last finishing touch, and we took the axles apart and are very happy with the result. After a whole weekend of tough testing, the new portal boxes didn’t had any problems!

Some pictures and a video from last weekend, thanks to “Alan” and “Kevin Thomas”.

The Humbug: Ready for the first test!

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After a few very busy weeks, the humbug was finally able to drive out of the workshop, ready for its first test “the Baskerville challenge” in Wales!

Some pictures of the finished truck, more pictures of the truck in the competition and a report on the event will follow ASAP!