Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s philosophy is more true today than it has ever been. Excess weight in car design is a very bad thing, and it’s something that has got out of hand in recent times. It ruins handling, acceleration, braking, and fuel consumption, yet auto manufacturers seem to have shown little concern for it over the last two decades.
Finally however, after cars becoming increasingly heavy with each successive generation, emissions and fuel consumption concerns have forced manufacturers to rethink the way that their products are designed. For the first time in, well… ever, the next generation of a car is usually lighter than the model it replaces.
The problem of excess weight is much the same with powered Lego creations, blighting performance and – just like real cars – requiring more and more power to overcome it. It’s therefore a refreshing change to find a builder who has focussed on stripping as much weight out of their creation as possible, all in the name of performance.
This wonderfully minimalist remote control 4×4 trophy truck is the work of previous bloggee paave, and it only requires one motor for drive and another for steering to give it remarkable off-road ability. You can see paave’s truck in action on both Eurobricks and MOCpages, whilst we congratulate ourselves on writing a whole post about excess weight without mentioning your Mom. Damn…