The success and popularity of the “dune buggy” were not enough to make the company keep its business for long. The company seized its operations in 1971 due to tax problems after the departure of its founder Bruce Meyers.
Meyers refounded the operations in 2000 and started manufacturing the Manx Buggy again.
The company previously celebrated its 50th anniversary with a new electric dune buggy in cooperation with REV-Tec, in 2014.
The company was sold to the venture capital firm Trousdale in 2020. It has now introduced an updated and fully electric version of the buggy, with its new CEO, ex-VW, and Ford chief designer Freeman Thomas, who designed the Audi TT and the modern VW New Beetle.
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The company says it plans on two different battery options, 20 kWh and 40kWh, which will cover a range of 150 and 300 miles (240 and 480 km), respectively.
The electric buggy will be driven by two motors at the rear (one for each wheel), and the company says that the 40kWh version can do 0–60 mph (0-100 kmh) in 4.5 seconds with a 202hp engine that delivers 240 lb-ft of torque. The specs of the 20kWh version were not disclosed, but it won’t be slow considering the size of the electric dune buggy.
The Manx will only weigh around 1,500lbs 8680 kg), or 1,650lbs (750 kg) for the larger battery. The electric buggy weighs about a third of the weight and is smaller than a regular full-size vehicle.