The Hyper TERRA Racer is a game changer - a breakthrough in fast, safer, affordable off-road Mini Buggy design.
Designed as a ‘Wash and Race’ category, the Hyper TERRA Racer features a race bred single cylinder double overhead cam water cooled 4-stroke engine, 5 speed sequential gear box, 4 wheel cross-vented disc brakes, with aluminium brake calipers, rack and pinion steering, long travel double wishbone front and rear suspension, coil over race shocks, adjustable camber and toe and a 260 kg feather weight design.
With serious performance at affordable costs, the Hyper TERRA Racer introduces a new category of high end race spec off-road race Mini Buggy to the world.
The combination of feather weight design and high end race spec chassis design, gives the Hyper TERRA Racer unmatched performance over the roughest terrain.
The Hyper TERRA Racer can be purchased as a ready to assemble kit - with or without engine - or ready to race.
The ‘core chassis’ is the same chassis as used in the Hyper PRO Racer and has been developed and tested over an 8 year ‘long term’ durability program.
The cockpit can accommodate drivers up to 110 kgs and 190 cm in height.
The chrome-moly chassis features curved main rails for added lateral impact strength and cross braces in the middle of the chassis and behind the driver for immense crush resistance and torsional strength. Zig-zag chassis tubes down each side are positioned to follow the line of the drivers body and create a lateral protection shield. The drivers heels are positioned behind the front axle line. The drivers head is protected by a comprehensive protection system comprising of front and rear roll bars, longitudinal intrusion bars that are removable to aid driver extraction, and a rear and lateral head restraint enclosure. The carbon-kevlar armoured seat cell and head restraint incorporate compressible crush domes at all strategic mounting points.
To minimise the chance of body damage, the nose cone has been designed to be behind the front wheels to reduce the chance of impact during unplanned nose down angles of ground attack.
Combine this with the Hyper TERRA Racer’s other safety features - lower body skid rails and intrusion plate, a jointed collapsible steering column, a 4-point safety harness and an isolated fuel tank, and it all adds up to built in safety never before seen in a Mini Buggy.
The Hyper TERRA Racer can be fitted with any 4-stroke or 2-stroke single cylinder off-road motorcycle engine.
The engine Hyper Racer supplies as an 'engine package' meets a set of criteria which includes; manufacture by a mainstream engine supplier, environmentally friendly 4-stroke, state of the art race proven technology, affordable consumables and modest re-build costs. Yamaha technology has been chosen, specifically the WR450cc engine. This engine is fitted with electric start, eliminating the need for a push start buddy.
WEIGHT and SPEED
The natural enemy of speed is weight. And weight - or the lack thereof - is the Hyper TERRA Racer’s secret.
The negative effects of weight in an off-road race car are compounded by movement, because inertia - the reluctance of a car to change its speed and direction - becomes THE issue.
A lighter car requires less power, so the engine can be smaller, reducing weight. The lighter car requires less braking effort, so the discs and calipers can be smaller, and the critical unsprung mass is reduced. The small discs in turn allow the use of smaller diameter wheels and tyres for even less unsprung weight - and a smaller wind cheating frontal area.
A light car, having less inertia can be made to turn faster, land lighter - and contrary to popular belief - made to crash better.
And so it goes on. Lightness begets lightness, just as weight ushers in more weight, for the reverse of the reasons above.
So how ‘light’ can you make a off-road race car, with high end race spec, full-on safety features and big time performance?
All up weight ready to race, without driver ... 260kg.