You've probably never seen anything like these little buggies. These little off road racing buggies are so light they're like pocket rockets. Some are also capable of doing a 0-60mph in around three seconds - how's that for impressive motoring stats? Indeed, these latest off road buggies are the new generation of pared-down racing vehicles and we love them!
Akin to a rally car, racing in these buggies is a tantalising experience, especially as there's no real roof or bodyshell. That means you get to feel the wind in your hair (and quite possibly feel a bit mud-splattered too) making for a completely madcap driving experience. As you slide your way around try and keep your smiles under control, as it'll take all your concentration to keep these buggies going in the right direction. Read more...
• Dirt buggying on the off road track near Reading • Drive the funky Hammerhead GTS150cc dirt buggies • Tackle the tricky turns & chicanes of this track • Invite a passenger to join you (additional charge)
Buggies - no, not the type you stick a baby in, we are talking proper off road buggies that are low on weight and high on fun. The new buzz word for these sort of mini motoring machines is multi terrain vehicle, which is a totally apt description, as a buggy like this is as at home on tarmac as it is on rutted mud tracks.
In fact the key to these experiences is the buggy itself. As you browse this section you'll notice some of them are single seaters, others are two seaters. The largest vehicle out on the track is the Apache Rally - a six-speed, side-by-side configured two seater. And, believe us, you'll need that second seat to be filled so you can counterbalance the uber light construction. That’s because this baby has a 750cc motorbike engine onboard which is pretty feisty to say the least. Oh and it's also useful to have the instructor sitting next you to give you hints on how to tame this beast.
Take a look at the Apache rally buggies in action in Surrey to see what you're letting yourself in for!
The Rebel karts are the niftiest out of the blocks. This little solo buggy is as agile as they come, with just two turns putting on full lock. It's also rear wheel drive, so sliding around those corners is pretty much obligatory in this thing. Most Rebel experiences take the form of time trial races and it's strictly non contact, after all these are buggies and not dodgers.
British designed and built buggies at their best
Our Gemini off road buggies have a 400cc Honda engine onboard and rack and pinion steering, so they boast top handling. These are British-built 'back to basics' models with a head height roll cage, a four point harness…and not much else. In the Geminis you'll be properly open to the elements so expect to get dirty!
Another UK designed and built multi terrain monster is the Rage Buggy. Available in both single and tandem versions, you will love the aggressive styling. Again they are kitted out with motorcycle engines so expect ridiculous amounts of torque and a launch speed that's sure to take you by surprise. Perhaps just as well they have full racing five point harnesses, gas charged dampers and double wishbone suspension otherwise it'd be a very bumpy ride at those sorts of speed.
Whether you're off on a safari-style trek, competing in time trials or a pursuit challenge (where all riders are in a staggered start) we think these buggies are great fun to drive. Remember, it's a non-contact motorsport, but with all the mud, dust and noise it's certainly going to be a thrilling race. Helmets on and foot to the floor, it's time to get your off road buggy going!