IN THE WORLD OF MOTORS
Heading materials prepared by Mikhail GZOVSKY
All of us in childhood were read by the “Lost World” by A. Conan Doyle, experiencing adventures in the land of dinosaurs with his heroes and dreaming of seeing giant pterodactyls and diplodocus. And to some extent, our dreams come true, however, not in relation to fauna, but to the automotive world: the Italian design studio "Cogiola" created a real dinosaur. They called him T-Rex. This is an almost 5.5-meter long SUV, designed on the basis of … "Hammer"! The T-Rex shown at the Geneva Salon is an absolutely real car, capable of not only “climbing” onto the podium on its own, but also of traveling on heavy off-road terrain. However, units can buy this masterpiece, given that the production of the first sample required 60 thousand hours and 4.5 million dollars, and subsequent copies are unlikely to cost less than 900 thousand dollars! In addition, Kodjiola plans to produce only fifty cars a year, so, unfortunately, the chance to see a dinosaur car “alive” is not great, although …
From a technical point of view, T-Rex is practically no different from its "donor" - the usual "Hammer". The same chassis, the same 6.5-liter turbodiesel, the same central arrangement of the power unit, gearbox and transfer case - this makes it easier to achieve an acceptable axle weight distribution. True, this decision radically affected the location of seats in the cabin, accommodating six travelers. The space between the right and left seats of the second row is occupied by a wide tunnel, on which, it seems, you can dance! The rear seats are just located on the tunnel, which makes it possible to stretch your legs, but deprives any vision forward - everything is blocked by the roof.
Of course, a car for that kind of money should in all respects meet the requirements of wealthy buyers. Chic Alcantara leather trim, a multimedia complex with a wireless keyboard, with which it is easy to give a command to a laser video player or surf the Internet … In a word, such a “toy” will undoubtedly suit both the Arab sheikh and Arnold Schwarzenegger. By the way, they say that it was the enthusiasm of the famous actor for “Hammer” cars that led to the fact that in 1992 the manufacturer released its “civilian” version. Until then, from the start of production in 1984, the Hammer was intended only for the army.