The Vehicles

In the world of motoring adventures there are generally two ways to approach choosing a vehicle. The first is to get the best vehicle for the job with everything one would need to complete his/her journey. The second is to go with something that is so absurd and ridiculous that even the notion of completing the journey is met with ridicule and laughs.

We decided to meet in the middle and be somewhat ridiculous while still leaving the door to success slightly ajar. The Subaru Forester is an extremely reliable vehicle but will definitely be tested in the wilds of Africa. There are no assurances of success with any vehicle taken from the UK to Cape Town, but at least the Forester offers a shoe-like shape which makes creating a pair of shoe-like cars that much easier.

SPECIFICATIONS:

 

LEFTY

Year : 1998
Engine : 2.5L DOHC Boxer 165hp
Transmission : 4-Speed Automatic
Length : 175.2 inches
Wheelbase : 99.4 inches
Cup Holders : Not nearly enough for the team.

Fun Quirks : The engine was a steaming pile. It is now a Frankengine made up of an ’05, a ’99 and a ’98. At least it runs!

RIGHTY

Year : 1998
Engine : 2.5L DOHC Boxer 165hp
Transmission : 5-Speed Manual
Length : 175.2 inches
Wheelbase : 99.4 inches
Cup Holders : Even less than Lefty!

Fun Quirks : Strange shifter that leans to the left. The key doesn’t work in the driver’s side door.

 

UPDATE: With most mechanical issues finally behind us (thanks in large part to our volunteer mechanic Al), we continue the hard work on “shoeing” the cars.  Most importantly though, we can assure you that we will be doing one of those sweet videos where the cars crash through boxes that have Styrofoam peanuts in them like this.

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