Ruiter, a Michigan-based industrial designer that thinks of himself as “a thinker that can explore freely with real objects,” has come up with a stark, bare bones rig that makes a Jeep look like a bloated Cadillac from the Seventies.
For those of you not familiar with the “Reboot Buggy,” here’s a refresher course. Custom built tube chassis/body that’s built for speed. It has huge suspension travel with 40-inch tires and a mid mounted 470 hp 383 ci Chevy motor mated to an automatic transmission. All off-road accoutrements are there like a winch and a mind numbing array of lights. Aesthetically, the final result is a roofless rig that looks like an alien sand rail and goes like hell.
Ruiter’s design philosophy is unusual to say the least. For example he says, “It sounds strange, but I wanted the vehicle to determine its design, even if it means ignoring the driver’s needs.”
Even though that might sound like the nutty inventor in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” he could be on to something here. Ruiter also says modern cars are boring appliances. As we sit in traffic everyday with bland, lozenge shaped cars all around us, he is absolutely right. While his wild Buggy might not have broad appeal, at least he’s offering a solution to mediocre design.
What’s most interesting about Ruiter is the medium he’s chosen. His credo as a designer seems like it would lend itself more easily to architecture or say, smartphones. That he has chosen an off-road cruiser, a smoke belching, gas guzzling monster as his canvas creates a very unusual intersection of design philosophies.
And if this mash up appeals to you, it can be yours. Current bid is only $16,000.
- Car Type: Carriage coupe
- Layout: Mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, four-wheel independent suspension
- Transmission: Three-speed automatic
- Engine: Small block V8
- Horsepower: 470
- Wheelbase: 126-inches
- Motor: Small block, 470 hp, 383 stroker
- Transmission: Automatic turbo 400
- Rear Differential: Ford 8.8 independent rear, Detroit True trac with 4:11 gear
- Tires: Yokohama Geo-lander, 40×13.5R18 m/t
- Shocks: King Coilover 2.5-inch shocks. 12-inch front 16-inch rear
- Suspension: 26-inches of travel front and rear, 16-inches of droop, 10-inches of bump
- Wheelbase: 126-inches
- Width overall: 92.5-inches
- Weight: 3,050-pounds, 52-percent rear, 48-percent front
- Winch: WARN Power Plant Dual Force HP Winch/Air Compressor — 9,500-pounds
- Steering: Howe, hydraulic
- Fuel: Pump gas with a Fast EFI, throttle body
- Brakes: Explorer, front and back (2008)
- Shifter: B&M
- Seats: Kirky with Crow seat belts, custom covers
- Construction: Steel tube with aluminum body skins, polycarbonite doors, stainless hardware