Tim Cameron is known for being one of the best in the business, both in designing and building these crazy buggies called Rock Bouncers as well as driving them. He has been known to go through trucks like underwear using a different vehicle each year of competition. His Most Recent build for 2016 was just released called The MoneyMaker, and it looks like an absolute beast, like a crazy metal spider if I had to pick something. How can I possibly put to words how great this thing sounds? It sounds like the definition of automotive audio porn, if that were a thing. Unfortunately we couldn’t find footage of the MoneyMaker off road but hopefully that will be coming soon.
Cameron is looking to do something a little different with his new buggy by adding Independent Front Suspension versus the solid front axle that is normally used in these type of vehicles. The idea being that with IFS you could potentially have your front right wheel off the ground and the left wheel is still in contact moving you forward up the hill, or rock, etc while keeping the chassis somewhat level. By doing that it keeps the vehicle’s center of gravity in a manageable position. The solid axle that Tim has used on all of his previous vehicles for its strength and reliability when dealing with that much horsepower, if you have the right tire off the ground its likely the left is gonna be off the ground too. Now obviously the suspension technology available now is incredible with these long travel systems giving up to 20 inches or more of travel . So granted with that suspension, it would allow the truck to flex enough to keep traction on the left tire but it would definitely be tweaking the body and changing the center of gravity increasing the likeliness of rolling over. Hence where the apocalyptic roll cages come into play.
Look at how long the shocks and springs are in this rear view
Long story short, the main objective in this Southern Rock Racing is to keep the tires on the ground, getting as much traction as possible to get up that hill as quickly as possible. Tim Cameron is banking on his brand new IFS system keeping as much contact to the ground as possible all the way to another championship. Interestingly, he did most of the fabrication himself with help from a few different people and after you watch a few videos of him driving you can see why this new Money Maker looks like it was built to withstand a whole lot of punishment because that what its about to get in this upcoming 2016 season.
Here is a compliation of Cameron’s last buggy, the Showtime 2.0. Notice the solid front axle.