The Attacker buggy is a single seater, rear wheel drive, off road buggy, that can be used for competition, or just pure fun. The simple design and concept makes it the cheapest off road buggy on the market today, to purchase, and to maintain, and the only vehicle totally designed and built in Kenya.
- 1. Frame:
The frame is a lightweight tubular steel frame, manufactured out of steam pipe, in a specially manufactured jig. The frame has proved its overall strength in crashes, and although there have been at least 6 rolls in various competitions, there has been no major frame damage. (And no human injury either). The frame is rust protected and painted with a self etch 2 pack primer, and finished in a 2 pack acrylic topcoat. The body sides and roof are manufactured out of tough resilient fiberglass, and painted to the customers colour choice.
The floor pan is manufactured out of 2.5mm aluminium sheet, which is riveted on using alloy rivets, and is unpainted.
- 2. Engine & Gearbox:
The engine is a standard Toyota 2E 12-Valve unit, as found in Toyota Corollas and Starlets. The standard carburettor model is used for ease of maintenance and availability of spare parts. There is a Weber replacement carburettor available for those who want a bit more power.
The gearbox is a standard Toyota 4 or 5 speed front wheel drive unit, mounted transversely, together with the engine, just behind the seat, therefore providing excellent balance and handling.
- 3. Suspension:
The rear suspension is based on a standard front Toyota Starlet set up, utilising standard front McPherson struts, which provide enough damping for all but the most serious off road enthusiasts. The bottom of the strut is located by a standard Starlet ball joint, and a custom made wishbone.
The front suspension is a double wishbone set up, using a standard rear suspension strut from a Toyota Starlet, and providing the ultimate in suspension travel. The standard suspension can be up rated for an additional price, for the enthusiasts.
- 4. Seat & Seatbelts:
The seats are locally manufactured from a Sparco design in light and durable fiberglass, and covered with a black plastic waterproof vinyl.
The seat belts fitted as standard are 3-point full harness, which comply with the British clubmans rally specifications.
- 5. Electric's:
A purpose built local wiring harness is used, to provide nothing but the basics, keeping cost and simplicity in mind. An on/off ignition switch, and a push starter will operate the engine, whilst individual fuses protect the most important components. Two warning lights show oil pressure and charging drops.
- 6. Brakes:
The front and rear braking system is all based on disk brakes from the front of a Starlet, and is operated from individual brake master cylinders. A basic bias bar is mounted between these cylinders, in order to provide an adjustable bias between the front and rear brakes. All the brake pipes are aeroquip type steel braided hose, mounted internally, to avoid any possible damage.
- 7. Tyres and Rims:
Standard Toyota 13 inch rims are used, and fitted with the tyre of the customers choice, although a 155/13 is recommended for the front, and a 175/13 for the rear.
- 8. Fuel System:
A 5-litre aluminium safety fuel tank is fitted as standard, using the standard Toyota mechanical pump, and an interior braided fuel pipe is used, with an inline filter.
- 9. Cooling:
Cooling is provided by a Datsun 1200 radiator, which is mounted high behind the driver, and cooled with a Toyota electric fan.
- 10. Steering:
A standard Starlet rack is fitted, running through two universal joints, and a twelve-inch leather competition steering wheel is standard. An optional purpose made quick rack is available at extra cost.
- 11. General:
The buggies are made to Auto Aktivs usual high standard of workmanship, utilising over 10 years experience in building competitive off road buggies. There are many Attacker Buggies competing in off road events in Kenya at the moment, and at the last Mombasa national autocross (1/4/2000), an Attacker buggy came second by 1 second to a 2000cc, four-wheel drive, 250h.p rally car.