Friday, May 29, 2009

Mahindra TR20 Aruval Concept Pickup!

The Mahindra TR20 Aruval Concept (click image for full size view) shows what the soon-to-be-released Mahindra pickup trucks might look like with some minor cosmetic changes and a bit of suspension tuning.

Okay, news of the Mahindra TR20 and TR40 US launch has been a very slow trickle lately. So we decided to do a quick and cheesy, pencil-whipping of the TR20 design to get an idea of how a potential Mahindra tuner might work-over the basic design.

About the TR20 Aruval Concept:
We’ve started with a standard 2-wheel drive TR20 and took the liberty of shaving the drip rail, and removing the tie down cleats from the bed sides to make the design a little more current. These are the only modifications done to the body. All standard body lines remain intact. A rear view was chosen for the sake of sketching simplicity…

The TR20 Aruval has been lowered significantly versus the stock TR20. The bland original equipment wheels have been replaced with a simple six-spoke design that gives the truck a more modern feel. The stock wheels have a massive positive offset, so additional rim width has been added inboard. The intention was to make the wheel appear as a stock replacement and not do anything too outrageous (like adding negative offset). To scale, this would be a 20 inch wheel with a 10 inch rim width.

Other changes include removal of the rear bumper and the addition of a diffuser-style roll pan. The bars in the cab side windows have been removed, and sportier side view mirrors have replaced the awkward stock ones.

Under the hood is a bit of a mystery. We’re hoping that diesel tuning companies like Banks or Bully Dog will take a risk and at least put out some ECU controllers, cold air intakes, and exhaust systems for these trucks.

As for the Aruval name, we wanted something that would sound aggressive and also pay respect to the truck’s Indian origin. An Aruval is an Indian blade that is used as more of a tool than a weapon. We thought this was appropriate for the Mahindra pickup as the truck is all about effective utility.

Yes, this is a quick sketch without a lot of detail. Maybe one of our readers with some PhotoShop or rendering expertise will step up and submit their idea of an Americanized Mahindra pickup. We will welcome any submissions and we will ensure that the artist is credited for his/her work. So take this as an open invitation to submit your own ideas (would be nice to see some off-road versions). Please comment and make suggestions or submissions.

Source: MahindraPlanet

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More Non-Mahindra News, but very cool: Bruce Meyers/Denmat Cars Unveil the Kick Out SS

Not to worry, MahindraPlanet is working on new articles and details of the TR20 Aruval Concept Truck are coming soon. Stay tuned…

Top Photo:
Rear view of the very first Meyers Manx Kick Out SS launched at Carlisle last weekend.

Bottom Photo:
Rolling chassis of the very first Meyers Manx Kick Out SS launched at Carlisle last weekend. The engine is an air-cooled VW opposed 4-cylinder. Note: Standard Meyers Manx Kick Out in the back of Bruce Meyers truck. Shows how compact the Kick Out is!

Source: Denmat Cars

Friday, May 8, 2009

Non-Mahindra News: Meyers Manx Kick-Out SS by Denmat Cars

Updates on the launch of Mahindra pickups in the US are a little slow lately. However, Mahindra Planet is working on some interesting projects for the near future so stay tuned…

A different subject for today: For those who don’t know, Bruce Meyers designed and built the first true lightweight dune buggy in the late 1960’s. Meyers Manx was the name of this first car, and it single-handedly popularized the off-road recreation industry in the United States. The Meyers Manx brought speed and high performance to the off-road scene that had previously been dominated by surplus military Jeeps or motorcycles. Meyers Manx dune buggies and countless copies became an icon of 70’s car culture.

The car in the photo above is a Meyers Manxter 2+2 TurboSurfer built by Denmat Cars ( of Forestdale, Massachusetts, USA. The Manxter is the ultimate evolution of Bruce Meyers’ 40 year-old design. Outfitted with a modern Subaru WRX engine, the car has a power to weight ratio that rivals modern supercars and achieves 0-60 mph under 4 seconds!

Denmat Cars is a good friend of Mahindra Planet, and by far the finest source and assembler for Meyers Manx. Denmat Cars is renowned for their engineering, quality, and meticulous attention to detail. Denmat Cars and Bruce Meyers himself will unveil the latest Meyers Manx model, the Kick-Out SS, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the Carlisle Import/Kit-Replicar Nationals on May 15-17, 2009.

If you are a fan of US car culture, or off-road racing history, you need to check out Denmat Cars and Meyers Manx. Even better, get yourself to Carlisle next weekend to meet Bruce Meyers and John Denmat, and check out the new Kick-Out SS!

Source: Denmat Cars