kanundrum

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 2, 2020
Messages
47
Reaction score
69
Location
Washington, DC
Vehicles
Saab 9-4x, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quad
Occupation
IT
That video gives me trepidation more than stoke. Multiple shots of the car in a garage with wrenches and chipped up paint with shocks as well as the driver talking about getting bounced around on washboard roads. My Range Rover floats like a cloud over washboard roads. I know its a prototype but I damn sure don't want to see videos of a new truck getting worked on. Hopefully there will be some independent test drive reviews of production units before we have to commit to ordering
My time working as a Land Rover North America Mechanical Engineer you have to understand that they took one of their prototype vehicles across a Journey that most Brand New Off Road Capable vehicles would be tough making. The Mechanics and the tools are all there to ensure the vehicle could make the journey but also they used it as a research project to see what is a good configuration for things like compression/rebound rates on the suspension off road. I am guessing they may have not had full Air suspension on their prototype vehicle. If they did they used the trip to decide which rates are good with controllers etc.

There is way more to this whole exercise than just seeing how a prototype vehicle would and could do imho.
 

Babbuino

Well-Known Member
First Name
Manuel
Joined
Aug 1, 2020
Messages
109
Reaction score
114
Location
Florida
First Name
Manuel
Vehicles
Audi A3
Occupation
DESIGN engineer
My time working as a Land Rover North America Mechanical Engineer you have to understand that they took one of their prototype vehicles across a Journey that most Brand New Off Road Capable vehicles would be tough making. The Mechanics and the tools are all there to ensure the vehicle could make the journey but also they used it as a research project to see what is a good configuration for things like compression/rebound rates on the suspension off road. I am guessing they may have not had full Air suspension on their prototype vehicle. If they did they used the trip to decide which rates are good with controllers etc.

There is way more to this whole exercise than just seeing how a prototype vehicle would and could do imho.
Agree, they did this trip last year with very early prototypes. The trucks were used as backup for the Harley bikes. Personally that video gave me more confidence on the truck specially since they went through a bunch of sand and hot/cold Temps.
 

Coast2Coast

Well-Known Member
First Name
Mark
Joined
Feb 17, 2020
Messages
312
Reaction score
314
Location
Santa Cruz, Ca./Odawara, Jpn
First Name
Mark
Vehicles
1981 Volvo wagon; 2006 Tacoma SR5; 2009 Toyota Prius
If nothing else, the South and Central America trip was great PR for Rivian. Now on Apple +.

But, as kanundrum says, this journey was a terrific opportunity to test compression/rebound rates, four wheel drive performance, electronic sensors, controls and systems. There were two R1Ts, so comparative data will have been generated, even if the vehicles were prototypes. All of that gets fed back home to various vehicle development programs.

I can't see Long Way Up as anything else but pure gold for Rivian.
 

electruck

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2019
Messages
471
Reaction score
455
Location
Dallas, TX
Vehicles
2018 Volvo XC60
Thanks for the link, @Godawgs.

These are the kinds of lessons I'm very glad they're able to learn before the vehicles reach us.

The company learned a lot about the little things that can happen in the field from the experience—from bad 12-volt battery connections, frayed steel braided cables snaking through the suspension—and what it's actually like to service the trucks under severe conditions.
 

skyote

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 12, 2019
Messages
850
Reaction score
771
Location
Austin, TX
Vehicles
Jeeps & 2500HD Duramax
Thanks for the link, @Godawgs.

These are the kinds of lessons I'm very glad they're able to learn before the vehicles reach us.
Another thing Charles told me at Fully Charged Live was skid/component protection. They planned for protection when moving forward, but had an incident when rolling back into something.
 

jimrichard

Active Member
Joined
Jul 16, 2020
Messages
37
Reaction score
21
Location
Colorado/USA
Vehicles
2003 Toyota Tundra, 2017 Infiniti Q50
Occupation
Self
Too bad they didn't have closer to the production suspension. If anyone has traveled the roads in some of those south and central American countries you know how they could really let you know what you might want to make better. I am sure they still learned a lot.
I would like to see what kind of charging network they made on their way. Has to be kind of funky like putting in a special outlet real fast in the front of an old store somewhere in a small town with the whole town gawking at you. There is no doubt though that some guys will retrace that journey when they get their vehicles and make a Youtube out of it. This company is sure doing some smart associating with groups that promote its image. Nice job.
 

Babbuino

Well-Known Member
First Name
Manuel
Joined
Aug 1, 2020
Messages
109
Reaction score
114
Location
Florida
First Name
Manuel
Vehicles
Audi A3
Occupation
DESIGN engineer
Too bad they didn't have closer to the production suspension. If anyone has traveled the roads in some of those south and central American countries you know how they could really let you know what you might want to make better. I am sure they still learned a lot.
I would like to see what kind of charging network they made on their way. Has to be kind of funky like putting in a special outlet real fast in the front of an old store somewhere in a small town with the whole town gawking at you. There is no doubt though that some guys will retrace that journey when they get their vehicles and make a Youtube out of it. This company is sure doing some smart associating with groups that promote its image. Nice job.
I've read somewhere that they added lvl2 charging Some of them were removed, but the majority stayed.
 

Eduardokk

Member
First Name
Eduardo
Joined
Oct 5, 2019
Messages
8
Reaction score
0
Location
Chile
First Name
Eduardo
Vehicles
Chevrolet
Beatiful truck work incredible.......
 

Jehorton

Well-Known Member
First Name
James
Joined
Jun 27, 2020
Messages
167
Reaction score
81
Location
Stuart Florida
First Name
James
Vehicles
2018 Ford F-150
Occupation
Firefighter
Wish that trailer had more Rivian. Seemed to be just about the bikes
 

electruck

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2019
Messages
471
Reaction score
455
Location
Dallas, TX
Vehicles
2018 Volvo XC60
Wish that trailer had more Rivian. Seemed to be just about the bikes
The show is primarily about the 2 guys and their trip on the bikes. Support equipment will get some camera time but won't be featured per-se.
 

Latest posts

Top