The Almighty Ibishu Pigeon: A Review, and Why It is So Much Fun

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The Ibishu Pigeon Base, on its side (image from IGCD)
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The Ibishu Pigeon Base, doing its thing (Image from IGCD)

By: Jacob Hampton

One of the least-appreciated cars in BeamNG.drive (and one of the most crashed-into) is the Ibishu Pigeon, a tiny kei truck and the only kei car in the game. There are many reasons why anyone would want to hate on it and wreck it. It’s slow, with a max speed of 108 mph–and a 0-60 time of 9.9 seconds–from its 600-cubic-centimeter (cc) inline-three gas engine (and only 65 mph and a 0-60 time of 22.8-30.7 seconds from its 658-cc inline-three diesel engine). It’s very prone to rolling because it has only three wheels (one steering wheel, two drive wheels); because of this tendency to roll, it’s not the easiest car to drive in the game. The Pigeon is also not very good to take off-road, as its rear-drive-only setup and tiny 12×5 wheels mean that the little kei truck can’t get enough grip to traverse bumps easily. It can barely tow anything at all, considering that it’s a truck. The Pigeon has pretty much no safety in a crash at all, as well. But there are some great features of the Pigeon that no other car has.

Firstly, the Pigeon is very, very light. At only 1,190-1,304 pounds, the Pigeon is by far the lightest car in the game. Even its fellow compact Ibishu, the Covet, known for its light weight, is 900-1,100 pounds heavier than the Pigeon. This Lotus-like lightness means that the Pigeon can achieve insane fuel mileage. At a consistent 55 mph, the gas Pigeon averages 45 mpg, which is similar fuel mileage to a 2010 Toyota Prius.

Secondly, the Pigeon’s tiny size allows it to fit into odd gaps like nothing else. A scenario called “Corridor”, where the player has to attempt to drive a Pigeon van into a small space to avoid a T-Series, is a great example of this advantage. Because it is so small, the kei truck can be a great alternative to the bigger Gavril D-Series or H-Series if a smaller load is being carried.

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The Pigeon van in “Corridor” (Image from BeamNG)

Thirdly, the Pigeon is incredibly cheap, at 1,000-1,400 credits. Even the Covet is more expensive than the Pigeon. This cheapness means that the Pigeon can be a great demolition-derby candidate or a cheap car to have fun with.

Fourthly, the Pigeon’s uniqueness in comparison to the other cars in BeamNG.drive means that it has a distinct driving style which a normal driver must adapt to. Whereas every other car in BeamNG.drive has (and most likely will have) at least four wheels, the Pigeon’s three-wheeled drivetrain gives it an oddball nature that makes it more fun to enjoy than the other cars in the game.

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The Ibishu Pigeon line-up (600 in red, Street Cleaning in white, Boxed in blue, and the green Base model flying through the air in the background)

That fun-to-drive nature of the Pigeon is also my final supporting point for the little kei truck. Even though there are faster cars in the game (i.e. the Ibishu 200BX and the Hirochi Sunburst), the Pigeon beats all of them for fun-per-dollar value by a long way. It might not be the easiest car to drive quickly, but if someone can race a Pigeon, they can race anything.

Even though the Pigeon may have only three wheels, three cylinders, three-to-five-speed transmissions, and 25-to-70 horsepower, its low price, low weight, high fuel economy and compactness allow it to be a much more fun vehicle to drive than any other. Its advantages, in a way, outweigh its deficits, which is exactly why I love the little kei truck so much. (Also, it’s the FailRace-iest vehicle in the games, so that ought to be a bonus point.)

Statistics (Pigeon 600):

Weight: 1,190 pounds

Body Style: Kei Truck

Cost: 1,400 Credits

Engine: 600-cubic-centimeter(cc) Inline-three Gas Engine

Power: 70 HP

Torque: 42 pound-feet (lb-ft)

Transmission: 5-speed manual

Drivetrain: Front-mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive (FMR)

0-to-60 time: 9.9 seconds

Top Speed (measured): 108 mph

Performance Class (how much performance a car has; higher number = better performance): 2

Derby Class: Trike

Seats: 2

Max Towing Weight: 1,000 pounds

Wheels: Three 12-inch-diameter*5.5-inch-wide steel wheels

Differential: 3.4:1 Limited-Slip (LSD)

Brakes: ~9-inch-diameter steel drums

Suspension, front: Independent

Suspension, rear: Solid Live Axle with Leaf Springs

Picture Credit: BeamNG, J-2, Myself

Info Credit: BeamNG, Myself

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