This All-terrain Vehicle Can Be Assembled in 12 Hours
The all-terrain vehicle can handle some of the toughest roads in the world.
Known for his expertise in designing Formula One cars, Gordon Murray has created what is billed as the world’s first flat-pack van.
The Global Vehicle Trust Ox has a design that allows it to be packed inside a shipping container, and assembled within 12 hours by three people once it arrives to its intended destination. Six units can fit into one of the 40-foot containers.
The vans were created to provide all-terrain mobility solutions to developing countries and to assist in daily crucial tasks like collecting drinking water and building materials or transporting medication, food, and people across difficult roads.
The idea came from entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Torquil Norman, who created the Global Vehicle Trust five years ago to give those in developing areas a cost-effective mobility solution.
Global Vehicle Trust reached out to Murray to design a vehicle that was lightweight and low-cost, and had a substantial load capacity, all-terrain ability, and a flat-pack design.
The Ox consists of a light steel chassis and an external shell with waterproof-bonded wood composition and three glass windscreen panels that can be interchanged should there be any breakage.
Its main body panels are made from waterproof wood and intended for exceptionally heavy-duty use, with doors that can also be interchanged on the left and right sides.
Ox’s cabin has space for three people, with the driver’s seat located in the center to for driving in countries with both right-hand and left-hand driving. The truck has a high ground clearance to better navigate poor road conditions, and can carry roughly double the capacity that most pick-ups have.
“Only 20 percent of the global population has access to any kind of motor vehicle,” Norman told Ars Technica. “This struck me as something of a crime.”
Not only does the van have the ability to be packed flat and easily shipped, but it can also carry 13 passengers and go for 620 miles before the tank needs refilling.
“The Ox design and prototyping program is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and challenging I have undertaken during my 45 years of car design, including my years in F1,” Murray said in a statement.
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