Here's my new model, the Nissan Navara rally Dakar edition. This model includes a working suspension and working steering, it's my first MOC with working suspension, also there's a Youtube video at the end showing the details, the chassis, the working suspension and steering, and the rolling crash test to show how tough this model is, hope you enjoy it, thank you.
About this creation
The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as "The Paris-Dakar" or "Paris to Dakar Rally") is an annual rally raid type of off-road automobile race, organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Most events since the inception in 1978 were from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal, but due to security threats in Mauritania which led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally, the 2009 Dakar Rally was run in South America (Argentina and Chile), the first time the race took place outside of Europe and Africa. It has stayed in South America from 2009 to the present (2011). The race is open to amateur and professional entries. Amateurs typically make up about eighty percent of the participants.
Despite its name it is an off-road endurance race, called a rally-raid rather than a conventional rally — the terrain the competitors traverse is much tougher and the vehicles used are true off-road vehicles rather than the modified on-road vehicles used in rallies. Most of the competitive special sections are off-road, crossing dunes, mud, camel grass, rocks and erg among others. The distances of each stage covered vary from short distances up to 800–900 kilometres (500–560 mi) per day.
Nissan Navara (Frontier):
Nissan Frontier is the name for the D22 and D40 generations of Nissan pickup trucks in North, Central and South America and the Philippines. The line was started in 1998, and its immediate predecessor is the D21 Nissan Hardbody truck. As of 2002, the D22 series Nissan Truck is no longer sold in Japan, with the primary market having been relocated to North America, built at the Smyrna, Tennessee Nissan factory.
Nissan was the pioneer of the Hardbody or Nissan Navara since 1986. The first was the D21, considered to be a small pick up. After more than 10 years with the D21, the second generation Navara was manufactured from 1998 and went until 2005 which was classed as a compact sized pick up. It was replaced with the bigger, taller, longer D40, which Nissan now considers to be a mid-size pick up truck.
The Navara gets its name from the Navarre region of northern Spain, and the European version is built at the Nissan factory in Barcelona
The overall view:
And several front shots featuring the ability of the working suspension...
And some photos for the back...
Rear view showing the working suspension.
The functional elements:
And the bottom...
Here're some pictures to show how much details I put in this model:
4 extra lights over the roof...
3 spare wheels as featured on the real car
and a shot for the working suspension.
I made something special and unusual for me in this model, this model has the ability to get off the body from the chassis, it was some kind of a hard work to make a good looking body shape and strong enough to be off of the chassis, but here it is, hope you like this feature.
Here're a couple of photos showing the body without the chassis.
And here're two pictures of the chassis with the roll-cage showing the interior and the engine.
The spare wheels off.
And Finally a couple of pictures showing the interior with the body off.
The Youtube video:
I just made a little video to show the details, working suspension and steering, chassis, engine, functional elements and the toughness of the model, hope you like it.
Oh, YEAH! - Really has a highly authentic look, and the details - tool rack, mud flaps, spares, all contribute to a realistic feel in execution. Cool color scheme/graphics. Love the removable frame, too. Excellent! - Huss Q.
By far the best car you have made. Not only did you maintain the level of detail you are known for but you also manage to incoperate some pretty nice features. Absolutely amazing.
P.S. Do you mind if I use your chassis to make something like a touareg?
Great work as usual. brilliant work on the grille and overall stance of the truck. I am actually building a Minifig scale Dakar Navara at the moment.
(Just one thing, these Dakar Navara's have mid-mounted engines mounted in the cab where the rear seats would normally be)
Ive been a die-hard Nissan loyalist and an avid off-roader since I've had my license (more of an Xterra guy, though the Frontier has its merits). Nice to see someone recognize the superb styling and performance of an underrated brand.
OF COURSE I like how the body lifts off of the chassis! That might just be my favorite part of the whole model, because it makes it easy to appreciate all the hard work that went into the rest of it. And what a stunning chassis that is! The suspension and engine are amazing, but I don't think anybody has pointed how you connected the actual steering wheel to the front wheels. So many people don't include that with their working steering, but it only adds to an already stunning LEGO creation! One of my new favorites from you!
My Internet works bad today so I'll to come back to see it better, but I can already say that 1) Choice of model is very cool and the decoration is very well done 2) I'm really impressed by the separate chassis and body, this is one of the coolest feature you've made (obviously working suspension is impressive too) 3) presentation and history of the model are very nice plus - To sum up : GREAT, MATE !
Very unusual and different from your "everyday" MOCs. But that doesn't affect the quality of yours, in fact, I think that this has turned out even better than most of your supercars! Ehhh Firas... you make us all wish we had even half of your tallent. Great work!
Wow... this is one of your best cars yet. Not only does this feature your exceptional skills at making a car look good, it's also functional and playable... I can also tell it's pretty sturdy from the videos. You've combined form and function without sacrificing either, brilliant work! I'm guessing this is an entry for the Octan racing challenge; with an entry this skilled you're sure to place well.
This is cool! Nice Chassis. I like to build such a chassis for my new RC Lego Truck with suspension and steering. There is an RC kit laying arround since years ;). i do like to bring it back to life :) Cheers welliAR