After eight weeks of tinkering, toiling, cutting, grinding, welding, and hammering, Car Throttle host Alex Kursten and his pals have created something as awesome as it is odd. They started with a regular Jaguar X-Type AWD sedan and turned it into Project Mud-Type (aka Floyd), the world’s most unlikely off-roader.
Kursten and his crew took the entry-level Jag of yesteryear and ripped off its front bumper, stock exhaust system, and factory tires. They bolted on a bull bar, off-road lights, and a giant DIY roof rack. To help Project Mud-Type breathe better, the gang installed a snorkel and a raspy straight-pipe exhaust setup. It wouldn’t be an off-road project vehicle without a lift and upgraded rubber, so Kursten and company boosted Project Mud-Type’s ride height a few inches and wrapped its wheels in Goodyear Wranglers. They even yanked out the differential and welded it solid so their unusual one-off could claw its way out of muck and over rocks.
In the last episode of the six-part series, Kursten finally gets to take Project Mud-Type out to an off-highway vehicle park to find out whether or not all of those modifications can stand up to off-road abuse. Since the last installment, Floyd has received some additional alterations. One of those is painted wheels. The other is more significant.
In a previous episode, the MAF sensor made it necessary for Kursten to change the snorkel from a side-exit to a hood-exit design. Car Throttle fans hated the way it looked and so did Kursten, so he reached out to a mechanically gifted friend of his to have him make the side-exit route work. Luckily, he succeeded and Floyd looks much better as a result.
Of course, Floyd looks his absolute best after Kursten and his friend Gareth start romping through the park. Recent rains filled the lowest parts of the dirt-covered landscape with giant puddles of water that are too irresistible for the guys to leave alone. They take every opportunity to blast through them and send up brown rooster tails of muddy water. They even get the back end to slide out a little in curves.
That’s all fun and good, but after all of that work, Floyd needs to be able to climb, too. Kursten points his ridiculous rig’s nose toward the top of a large hill – a lofty peak to get to for a vehicle that was once exclusively a pavement-pounder. He almost makes it to the summit, but lets off the throttle too early. After sliding backward down the mound, he reaches for the sky once more, keeps on the gas, and completes the ascent.
By that time, Floyd is properly muddied, but not to Kursten’s liking. He decides to get Floyd even messier by entering him in a vehicle-based paintball tournament. It’s Floyd, Kursten, and Gareth versus two guys in a lifted Subaru. If that sounds as if it’s an odd ending to the series, it’s because it is. Then again, the whole idea of the Project Mud-Type series in the first place was odd. In that context, Floyd’s story has a fitting ending.