› Project: M1079

Get an in­side look at Tekin’s awe­some Dakar Rally truck

RC Car Action - - CONTENTS - By Ty Campbell

The plan to build the M1079 project hap­pened while I was at­tend­ing Ax­i­alfest 2017. Inspiration for the build came from star­ing at the Rebel Off Road Re­belzilla full­size rally truck that was on dis­play at the event. Af­ter days of drool­ing over the con­cept, I got to­gether with some other guys from Tekin and we de­cided that the M1079 had to be con­structed. There’s some­thing about re­ally big trucks with lots of horse­power rac­ing across var­ied ter­rain over thou­sands of miles that re­ally grabs your at­ten­tion. Trucks like these are de­signed to tow trail­ers and carry cargo, usu­ally in mil­i­tary and in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tions. With heavy mod­i­fi­ca­tion, some get turned into rally trucks and are abused for thou­sands of miles at a time, con­quer­ing some of the most bru­tal en­vi­ron­ments on earth. The M1083 cab was mod­i­fied to look more like a race truck, and the driv­e­line was sim­pli­fied for re­li­a­bil­ity and ease of con­struc­tion and re­pairs.

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