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Monday, April 4, 2011

Freak of the Week: Hyper-articulate

Whenever there's a claim that something is purpose built, chances are you're in for a treat. The builder will tell you that it's built from the ground up with a singular idea in mind and with the aspiration to indisputably conquer anything that dares to challenge it.

Most likely, it'll take extremely dedicated men as well as hundreds of man-hours, not to mention a lot of money. And yet, for FotW #16, we see an all out monster coming not from a multi-million dollar clean room, but from... I honestly don't know.

This extraterrestrial crawler is powered by a Ford 5.0 from a 1993 Mustang Cobra and power is sent to the wheels via a Bronco transmission. But obviously, the party piece is in its articulation. Using a Rube Goldberg gear network with a centrally-mounted ARB air locker, Gru Despicable's Cams-Hydraulic Chain-drive 4x4 is capable of approximately 7 feet of up or down balancing on each tire, allowing it to achieve the incredible stances for that sexy pose you see in the pictures above.

Watch as the driver navigates with the reckless abandon this rock crawler lives for and loves.

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