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SPEED UTV LIVE – Episode 13

SPEED UTV LIVE with Robby Gordon

Wednesday, June 17 at 9pm/et (6pm/pt)

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9 replies on “SPEED UTV LIVE – Episode 13”

Speed UTV comments…
First, Awesome cars and awesome videos. 
Second, nice job noticing how the pros of sharing all this info with your current and future customers will outweigh the cons of sharing it with your competitors.
I also know to make it big in this world, you have to take chances. Which brings me to a series of questions, and some comments, I can’t help to not jump on:
Won’t 77” wide and no way to suck it in cause a lot of people issues with getting them in or on their trailers?
How is it that auto manufacturers have struggled to get 230-300hp out of engines twice the size (4 cyl.’s) for years and with today’s technology, but speed UTV is doing it right out of the gate? And with a no name brand background or history of careful progression? Please put me in my place on this one, as I’m sure I’m missing some details. When an engine is made for more hp but you don’t use it, you raise the longevity of it. But when you max it out, like putting 230 or especially 300hp through a 2 cylinder motor, any logical person would expect that you greatly shorten the life span. Smart move with the clutching in the driveline. I’ve pushed my company to do the same at times. What kind of combustion temps, oil ratings (to prevent coking), and RPM’s are we looking at?
Brilliant hardware design by the way. What grade? 
Great job making things interchangeable and same size. I would have done the same thing. Not everyone thinks of those details. Surprising too. But then again, most companies increase their market with additional sales. You are lowering your parts sales potential, especially if things will be bulletproof. On the other side, something needs to be the weak link on purpose. Meaning you’ll want to choose what you want to break so you don’t break what you don’t want to break.
Doesn’t having rear swing arms like this lose camber advantage during turning (body roll)? For example, when making a right hand turn, the body will roll to the left, which will raise the left rear tire about 4” up in deference from the right, but not decrease camber, therefore cause every turn to ride the outer edge/side wall of the tire, right? Tracking straight at high speeds and through whoops will dominate though. Seams like everything comes with trade offs.
My advice would be to keep a tight eye on quality control of all parts being manufactured for you. For example, installing power steering pumps, liquid cooled inter coolers, electronic devices, engine and suspension parts, etc can all vary in regards to the workers or the machines mass producing all these parts, potentially causing variables in their weld settings and methods, or in the calibrated tools their using being out of calibration. Issues that all manufacturers struggle with. So many variables that later resort in warranty claims and recalls.
Will these cars have risk of catching on fire when rolled over? Or will they incorporate cool methods that race cars have to utilize to pass inspections or just do as a preventative measure?
I can see it now, these cars are going to receive a lot of testing and criticism from the competition. Mainly for the lack of quality that is yet to be confirmed. Sure mechanical design and methods can be invested into to be sound. But all the other parts and inner workings with the cars will be at risk. Even machined parts can be received out of tolerance and will quality inspections catch them in time and “return to vender?” So much to be on top of.
I like the alternator idea. Will it hold up in the mud? External pulleys and belts will get too much mud. These will most likely be dry desert only cars, right?
Air conditioning? Oh my goodness. There’s another 100lbs and an A/C compressor jarring around. Make sure the mounts that hold it to the block or something are strong. Honda automobiles had a recall in the late 90’s, early 2000’s with the A/C compressor mounting bracket cracking the engine block. I was there. I had to fix them. At this pace, just buy a Jeep and install low rate springs for a soft ride, which will suck and be dangerous on the freeway. Pros and cons.
Rocks getting stuck in certain areas, creeks and rattles, water and oil leaks, electrical issues, check engine lights, so many possibilities…Please make sure to staff up on quality control. I say that because I’m a fan, I care, and a potential customer and promoter, and I would like to see speed UTV triumph. Off-roading has got to be the single most challenging things to design overall. So many physics and engineering principles to be aware of. Sure Indy and nascar are high in technology. But they’re mostly dealing with just weight, speed, safety, reliability, and handling. All on just concrete and simple environments like rainy or dry or hot or cold. Off-roading has it way worse. But then again everyone is just sliding around and having a good time, which is why it’s hard to gauge every piece of data like they do in nascar and Indy. Which is why off-road racing is still only scratching the surface. And UTV’s are still in the early stages. But up and coming for sure and here to stay, guaranteed…..
I’m super excited to see where this goes. 
Why are UTV’s no street legal in California???
Robby Gordon, you are definitely an entrepreneur. I wish you, your employees, and your customers a long and successful future in the UTV industry.
Hopefully you’ll be running some races in these yourself. I feel like your always breaking down a lot though. Is that true? That worries me.
Man, what an amazing world we live in, eh? Granted it’s imploding in on itself at the moment. Hopefully viruses do not become continued big problems. Please stay safe out there. Set the examples. Lead the way.

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