Is This the World's Ugliest Car?
Actually, it’s not a car. It’s a race car. OK, it’s VW’s “purpose-built” (as opposed to?) Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck. Ja, it’s powered by a 12-cylinder clean diesel, which produces enough torque to mess with the Earth’s rotation. Clearly, this thing ain’t heading for the ‘Ring; VeeDub’s entering the RTTTT in the 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race. The official press release goes for the techie hard-on, but then blows it (so to speak) by predicting that their hässliches Entenküken will breeze to the finish line. “With a double A-Arm front suspension that allows 25 inches of wheel travel, and a 4-link rear suspension that allows 30 inches of wheel travel, combined with Fox Racing Shocks, Eibach Coils and BFGoodrich Baja KRT 37×13.5×17 off-road tires the Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck should have little difficulty maneuvering the highly difficult and technical 634 mile Baja 1000 course.” More importantly, at least for the aesthetic police, “The Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck Body was designed by the Volkswagen Design Center located in Santa Monica, California.” Paging Shy La Boeuf. The German co-financed remake of Mad Max II awaits.
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