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Chainlink extreme 4x4 – Click above to watch video

We aren't sure who built this or why – we're not even sure what it's called (we think it's "Chainlink") – but we're quite sure it's brilliant. Perhaps the new champion of wheel travel, the off-roading beast has around seven feet of articulation at each wheel, up and down.

Controlling all that climbing and dipping is a Rube Goldberg gear network: 5.38 gears and centrally-mounted ARB air locker, chain gears at the swingarm pivots, and chains inside the swingarms to work Hummer hubs at each wheel. But just follow the jump to watch it in action and you'll see what we mean. It's spectacular. Hat tip to Mike S!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      nice!
        • 5 Years Ago
        While this is cool some hiking boots are a bit cheaper and walking might get past those obstacles faster...
        • 5 Years Ago
        While racing is cool, you could buy some running shoes and jog a lap of Laguna Seca way faster than the cars can finish the race for a lot cheaper too. You'd even be able to enjoy the scenery more.

        But then, just like your hiking boots, you'd entirely be missing the point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can jog Laguna Seca faster than a car???

        I get the point. You missed the joke.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see how he got himself out of that last situation. Doh!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not that it detracts any from the awesomeness of that rig, but Chainlink is actually quite a few years old -- been around since at least early 2003.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And they said you had to have a solid axle to get anywhere!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn.

      This guy needs to work for NASA designing rovers methinks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would like it better if the motor was in the middle - more sand rail esque.
      Let the driver sit with his feet up by the front wheels. That would be a pretty cool driving experience.
      Instead with this your view is a seething, snorting motor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a design I played with years ago, though opted to use individual driveshafts instead of chains (if this is what's meant by chain link?). Looks like a solid ver. 1.0 ;) Now on to autodetection of terrain and have the machine auto compensate!
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I own a major movie studio, believe me I am calling these guys to make me some vehicles for some futuristic Sci Fi movies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      oh! cool! can it transform?! LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      About time someone showed something that's not another supercar with xxx hp and xxx mph ...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing positively reeks of awesomeness.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm thinking of applications for this thing in traffic jams.

      Wait, traffic jams? All I can feel are car-shaped bumps!
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