Laramie, WY WyoTech students in Sacramento, CA, and Laramie, WY, have teamed up to build a custom off-road vehicle for Clay Egan, a paraplegic race car driver. The vehicle features many unique modifications to accommodate Egan, and will allow him to compete in UROC and XRRA events.
Involved in a motorcycle accident more than 10 years ago, Egan was paralyzed and left wheelchair bound, with limited use of his hands. But physical impairments haven’t stopped Egan from racing professionally and maintaining an active schedule. When he’s not racing or working, Egan tours as a motivational speaker, is a rugby fanatic and has written a book and screenplay.
Clay Egan’s WyoTech buggy started at the Sacramento campus under the direction of instructor Peter Favaro, where students in the Motorsports Chassis Fabrication specialty program fabricated, formed and welded the buggy frame from the ground up. In just two months, the Sacramento team created a rolling chassis for transport to Laramie, where the remaining work was completed.
Under the guidance of WyoTech instructor Richard Junkermeier, the Laramie team continued work on the chassis, installed the engine and drivetrain, completed the interior controls and applied the paint and body to finish off the rock racer.
Added was a Chevrolet LS-2 engine capable of 550 horsepower, a Hughes racing transmission, an Atlas 2 transfer case, Terra Flex racing differentials, and Fox nitrogen off road shocks and bump stops. All in all, the buggy took approximately 2400 hours to complete.
Working with the two WyoTech campus teams, Egan has been a mentor, sharing his unique experiences, motivation and enthusiasm with the students during the build.
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