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 Got it on 2nd try.  No sandtraps.  I went left to avoid first mountain, then straight-on.  Disclaimer: we sent out an engineer and technician to raise the vehicle suspension .1m.

Final stage complete! - 25:29 (26:10-00:41)

 Edit: Vote for Jeb

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Start

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Beefed it a few times

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Lost some lights

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Action shot

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Sick air

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Cresting that final hill and seeing the airstrip is awesome

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Final

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I might be overdoing it, this is probably my 20th iteration !  I tried almost every type of suspension I could think of, but always crashed in the last downhill part at 4km of 1st flag xD The rover is fantastic, but even with triple pistons in front, they sometimes break on heavy landings (7G +/-) !

 

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On 2/4/2020 at 1:47 PM, Kerbolitto said:

I might be overdoing it, this is probably my 20th iteration !  I tried almost every type of suspension I could think of, but always crashed in the last downhill part at 4km of 1st flag xD The rover is fantastic, but even with triple pistons in front, they sometimes break on heavy landings (7G +/-) !

 

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 Pretty sweet.  Very insect-looking.

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6 hours ago, klond said:

 Pretty sweet.  Very insect-looking.

Yea .. Its hard to package the suspension because how tall they are ! I tried a push-rod design (bit more compact) but it's not as good to absorb heavy landings. Its a blast to drive, even if I never finish first stage after 5/6 trials :D

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On 2/6/2020 at 12:39 PM, purpleivan said:

Ah yes... the descent of doom.

I was looking at the temple, throttle cut-off, and I jumped a nasty bump :D

Most of the time it just land on its back, Im wondering if I should add a hinge-device to put it back on its wheels .. !

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2 hours ago, Kerbolitto said:

I was looking at the temple, throttle cut-off, and I jumped a nasty bump :D

There's that moment coming over the crest of the descent down to the temple when you see it and think "ah... there it is, not far to go now, all downhill from here". Half the time I take it overly slow coming down that bumpy slope, the other half I forgot all about being sensible.

Inevitable result being a "bounce... uh oh, tumble, I've got this... no I haven't, restart race" moment.

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1 minute ago, purpleivan said:

There's that moment coming over the crest of the descent down to the temple when you see it and think "ah... there it is, not far to go now, all downhill from here". Half the time I take it overly slow coming down that bumpy slope, the other half I forgot all about being sensible.

Inevitable result being a "bounce... uh oh, tumble, I've got this... no I haven't, restart race" moment.

Yeah .. Im flooring the pedal 98% of the time, only lifting after a huge compression :D Main problem is that the hinges are wobbly, they also compress from the front to the back on heavy landings, and the wheel hates it D:

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Ok I've completed first stage, after many crashes.. failed jumps.. broken parts.. adventures !

I've mistakenly took 2 different screenshots of the starting line, from differents trials. Timer starts at 1:03:59, my second screenshot was set at 1:05:00, I think this would be more in line due to added power on the rover, but it's more fair to post the longest time.

Stage 1 : 11:42

 

Starting line : 1:03:59

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Full compression :

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High speed downhill (record was 57m/s :D)

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End of the stage : 1:15:41

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STAGE 2 :

 

Hopefully this thing has brakes, I used them only 1 time on first part but 10 to 15 during this second stage ! :D

 

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High speed rebound :

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Buggy-ing around :

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More jumps :D

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Finish line, let's add 1 second by the time I passed the flag :

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Starting time 01:40:00

Finish line 01:51:30

Stage 2 Official-time11:30

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Stage 3 !

 

I've just completed this third part after only one try :D !

 

Starting at 1:58:00

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Small jump in the sunset :

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Easy with acrobatics !

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Full speed downhill :

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Finish line 2:07:47

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Stage 3 total time : 09:47 !

I knew those suspensions could be competitive :D

 

Edit : Sadly I braked too hard after posting this reply and flipped the rover over, replacement has arrived !

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heyo, hopefully this challenge is still active. i'm an old player coming back to the game and have missed(and forgotten) a lot.

but the save file seems to be incompatible with the new 1.9 build?

or i just plainly don't remember how to change save files anymore. because i THINK i followed the directions on the OP closely enough

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Here is a (ugly) video of another failed attempt at stage 4, the last part is really difficult ! You can see how the rover's suspension procede through high speed bumps, until I broke some parts, then some others, made some very (unexpected) acrobatics and broke everything at the end :D

 

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This better be open.

I'm down

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On 3/1/2020 at 1:48 PM, Kerbolitto said:

Here is a (ugly) video of another failed attempt at stage 4, the last part is really difficult ! You can see how the rover's suspension procede through high speed bumps, until I broke some parts, then some others, made some very (unexpected) acrobatics and broke everything at the end :D

Many of my attempts looked much like this one. The last part being really difficult is why I encourage a player to find a good path and stick with it until you learn where to slow down.

This was my first time doing this race and it was very fun even though I didn't get really good timing. :/ 

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5 hours ago, Castille7 said:

Many of my attempts looked much like this one. The last part being really difficult is why I encourage a player to find a good path and stick with it until you learn where to slow down.

Yeah problem is the vehicle takes a ton of speed downhill, and it bounces too often to keep its balance :D The less I use brakes the happier I am !

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15 hours ago, Phantomic said:

same, i think i'll make a gambler 500 car out of one of my muscle cars to do it in style!

Good Idea.

I'll make a Rocket powered Reliant Robin

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12 minutes ago, sturmhauke said:

I've been busy working on my ~50t Munar cargo truck and base construction vehicle, but I should be able to apply some of those suspension lessons to a Dakar entry.

I can share my crafts if you want to study them !

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Sent you a message, all pictures of the stages I've finished are the v7_8 version which is specially designed for high speed jumps, up to 9G (but it doesn't like to turn sharply or drift)

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