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About Dune Buggy
Are you ready for fun and adventure? If you love off-roading, then take it to the next step with a dune buggy. Driving through sand dunes, beaches, or deserts will be a snap (and a lot of fun) when you ride your very own dune buggy. This unique vehicle features a powerful engine on an open chassis, a modified frame (created to be lightweight to increase power-to-weight ratio) and special wheels that can grip the smooth sand and provide a fun ride. While there are many commercial dune buggies available today, the original vehicles were actually modified from the old Volkswagen Beetle "bugs" (thus the name dune "buggy"). The original Beetle bugs were perfect for modification, because of not only their cheap price, but also the rear-mounted engine allowed it more power and traction when gliding over the sand. In addition, the removal of most of the body left a lightweight frame, which gave the buggy even more power. While original buggies were made for sandy conditions, more modern incarnations allowed for multi-use, both off-road and on-road. The sandrail buggy design is also popular for use in the military. First called Desert Patrol Vehicles (DPV) or Fast Attack Vehicles (FAV), these vehicles could traverse desert terrain and were used for many military and Navy SEAL operations. Most dune buggy snobs will want a modified VW dune buggy, but today, these can be bought as kits or even bought whole commercially. Of course, true enthusiasts love to modify their vehicles, as this is part of the fun of owning a dune buggy.