Kneel before engineering's highest life form
If God had made machines he probably wouldn't have bothered with a Rickshaw. But as with so many other things he would have been wrong. Essentially, it's not a very good idea. It's not very fast, it smells, it falls over when you go round corners, it breaks downs more often than an emo teenager and a days driving feels like you've been kicked up the arse by an elephant. But somehow all this makes them better.
And so they are, unquestionably, the greatest vehicle on the planet. To prove it we surveyed nearly some of the people at HQ and 100% agree. They are the only way to try and cross the Subcontinent, and if you do make it across, you'll never want to drive anything as pedestrian as a car for the rest of your life.
Engine: 2 stroke, single cylinder, forced air cooled
Power: 7 HP at 5000 rpm (equiv. 1 family dog)
Transmission: 4 forward, 1 reverse
Fuel Capacity: 8 ltr + 1.4 reserve
Top Speed: 55kmph (downhill)
Engine Size: 145.45cc
System Voltage: 12V , DC
Driving the Beast
This is where the tri-wheeled Demi-god roars into a whole new category of driving pleasure. With a cheeky 2 stroke engines that feel quite pokey held in check by handlebars and foot pedals it's a bit like driving a crash between a scooter and a milk float.
- If you've ridden a scooter it will all make sense.
- Your left hand has the clutch and gear change.
- Your right hand has the accelerator and the front brake
- Your right foot has the occasionally functional rear brakes
- Most importantly your right thumb hovers, sweating, over the horn button.
Any idiot can drive a rickshaw badly, and with a bit of practice so can you.
With this in mind we set aside a couple of days before the Run to familiarise yourself with stalling, failing to find neutral, toppling over and colliding with stationary objects. All the while our crack team of Adventurists and mechanics will be on hand to offer advice, laugh at you and fix parts you break before you start.
The Art of Pimp
With all this engineering genius floating about we were left wandering what can you possibly do to make such a beast better. We realised there is only one thing that could improve the performance of such perfection. And that was pimp.
Your rickshaw, visually enhanced with your artwork.
So we rolled up our sleeves and got to work inventing Distance Pimping. You're at home, the Rickshaw is not, but now all your pimp desires will come true by the marvels of electricity, the interweb and our crack team of pimp artists.
It might be spelled wrong and any faces may end up with a moustache but by goodness gracious is it excellent. And part of taking part in the Rickshaw run is making sure your shaw is the pimpedest.
The Birth of the Rickshaw
These wonders of the motorised world were invented by a chap called Corradine D'Ascanio who we were delighted to discover also invented some quite resplendent flying machines (one we note has three wheels) and designed the Vespa scooter before his career topping moment of bringing the Piaggio Ape to humanity in 1947. Later this trusty marvel was licensed to a little known Indian company by the name of Bajaj.
- The Autorickshaw - Videogramme - Team: Jaisalmer Taxi Service - 2013