Thanks for the comment & fave mate. I imagined this unit to contend in the Dakar-rally, which isn't a playground for aerodynamic 'F1-style' vehicles. I wanted the mech to look like it could take a few punches.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts mate! The protection plates will not be a real problem , 'cause they can be made to slide along the lower legs. Some real life experimental robots have such plates in the same location.