• Aug 15, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of The Dogsled

We don't actually get a vote on the show America's Got Talent, but if we did we'd award the win right now to the designers and builders of The Dogsled, which makes its initial debut this weekend in Detroit for the Woodward Dream Cruise. Although its final destination is this year's Burning Man out in the Southwestern desert, the NextCruise event, a green-minded cruising alternative running alongside the Dream Cruise, has brought the machine out to play a bit early. Looking over the build pictures, this pedal-powered machine looks like a scaled-down monster truck with its fully-triangulated frame made from steel and its solid axles front and rear. The frame is suspended both by transverse leaf-springs mounted above the axles and coil-overs at each corner. All four riders pedal to power the right rear wheel with the left rear seeing braking duties. Good 'ole-fashioned American ingenuity at its best. We'll see if we can track this thing down while it's stuck in traffic on Woodward Ave. Saturday afternoon.


[Source: The Dogsled via Jalopnik]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they put emission control equipment on those motors. I hear they are horrible CO2 and methane producers!


      Seriously, what a cool project! Nice job.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like it weighs A LOT! I wouldn't want to pedal it up a hill.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I Agree! From an engineering standpoint they missed a very important design requirement: IE. Pedal power and heavy weight do not agree!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its the Flintstones car of the future!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it is going to Burning Man, maybe there is an art component to follow. As at the kinetic sculpture races (these go on land and water).

      http://store.trekbikes.com/jump.jsp?itemID=1457&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C15%2C445%2C447&iProductID=1457&bShopOnline=1
      • 6 Years Ago
      While vacationing in Rome this summer, we visited a large park where they rented 4-person pedal cars with an electric "boost" motor - when you get to a hill, the electric motor kicks in helps you up the slope.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A one wheel drive "scaled-down monster truck" ?

      lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember we had one of these when I was kid. Only it was pulled by horses.
      • 6 Years Ago
      me neighbor built it too!
      • 6 Years Ago
      My neighbor built that!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just me... but shouldn't the front axle NOT be solid so it can STEER?

      And then shouldn't there be a rear differential so they can.. steer? I guess that just adds weight...
        • 6 Years Ago
        It says that is has solid axles... that would suggest that there is no dif.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There are steering knuckles on the front axle. At BM it won't be running on pavement, so lack of a diff (if it is lacking - there is a big cylinder in the drivetrain that might be a diff) would not be a big deal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So the greenies build a human powered vehicle and it looks like an SUV. Might as well put a HUMMER grill on it.

      How's that for irony.

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