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Cars and Trucks: Buggies
Steering, 1 Cylinder Engine
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8841 Desert Racer

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Model by Jerome Boulanger

Set 8841 was released in 1983, and was the only Technic set released in Europe that year.  This is a much more traditional dune buggy than the previous model, 8845, and yet is very similar to the Go Cart 854.  It features rack and pinion steering and a 1 cylinder reciprocating engine.  The main chassis is constructed of beams, the roll cage and upper frame of axles and toothed connectors, and the colorful seat of standard plates.


The front wheels can be steered using a wheel at the driver's position.  The wheel drives an axle connected to a pair of 8 tooth pinion gears via a universal joint. The pinions drive a rack.  The steering mechanism itself uses control arms and toothed links. 

Click for an animation of the steering in motion.
The single cylinder engine uses the offset axle holes of the 24 tooth gears to make a crankshaft.  Connectors placed end to end and clocked 90 degrees form rods which connect to a specialized 2x2 square piston.  The "cylinder" is actually square.

The engine also has a number of aesthetic features such as cooling fins (suggesting this engine is air cooled) and new hose elements which could potentially represent water cooling lines, vacuum lines, or even spark plug wires.  Some gun parts from the Space series are used in an interesting manner to support the hoses.

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Click for an animation of the engine in motion.
Wheels and Tires
This set uses four rubber 17x43 tires and standard old gray wheels.

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