The legendary ‘dune buggy’ is back with an electric motor
- The Manx 2.0 closely follows in the original's footsteps with its rugged yet voluptuous silhouette.
- The vehicle's predecessor was a kit car built on a shortened, taller-wheeled, more maneuverable modified Volkswagen Beetle chassis.
- The electric buggy will be driven by two motors at the rear.
The design of the Manx 2.0 closely follows in the original's footsteps with its rugged yet voluptuous silhouette. Still, the newest incarnation is a bit more refined than its predecessor, thanks to the enclosed rear to cool the electric motors.
The vehicle's predecessor was a kit car built on a shortened, taller-wheeled, more maneuverable modified Volkswagen Beetle chassis. As a “dune”buggy”, it was pretty popular back in the 60s as a desert racing car.
The success and popularity of the “dune buggy” were not enough to make the company keep its business for long. The company seized its operations in 1971 due to tax problems after the departure of its founder Bruce Meyers.
Meyers refounded the operations in 2000 and started manufacturing the Manx Buggy again.
The company previously celebrated its 50th anniversary with a new electric dune buggy in cooperation with REV-Tec, in 2014.
The company was sold to the venture capital firm Trousdale in 2020. It has now introduced an updated and fully electric version of the buggy, with its new CEO, ex-VW, and Ford chief designer Freeman Thomas, who designed the Audi TT and the modern VW New Beetle.
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The company says it plans on two different battery options, 20 kWh and 40kWh, which will cover a range of 150 and 300 miles (240 and 480 km), respectively.
The electric buggy will be driven by two motors at the rear (one for each wheel), and the company says that the 40kWh version can do 0–60 mph (0-100 kmh) in 4.5 seconds with a 202hp engine that delivers 240 lb-ft of torque. The specs of the 20kWh version were not disclosed, but it won’t be slow considering the size of the electric dune buggy.
The Manx will only weigh around 1,500lbs 8680 kg), or 1,650lbs (750 kg) for the larger battery. The electric buggy weighs about a third of the weight and is smaller than a regular full-size vehicle.
The vehicle will be able to be charged at 6kW on AC power or 60kW at a DC fast charger.
When it comes to looks, it has no doors or side windows. You just slide in the buggy.
The Manx is a convertible, but the top does not go in the trunk; you need to remove it and leave it at home.
There’s a cargo area in the back, but it’s not lockable. There’s some room under the hood, but a spare tire and tool kit resides there.
The company plans to ship 50 cars as a “beta program” in 2023. After the initial real-life testing process, Meyers Manx 2.0 is planned to debut in the market in 2024.