World’s first ‘flat-pack’ truck unveiled

World’s first ‘flat-pack’ truck unveiled
A new revolutionary flat-pack truck, called OX, has been revealed – and could be set to play a crucial role in humanitarian aid work in some of the world’s most impoverished places.

Designed to provide transport for some of the most cut-off areas on the planet, the OX is a two-wheel drive truck capable of being assembled with just a set of Allen keys and a few spanners.

Powered by a diesel engine from a Ford Transit, it is capable of carrying 10 people in the bed section, with a further three in the cab.

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Designed by Professor Gordon Murray – who was behind the creation of the legendary McLaren F1, among other cars – the claim is that the OX will provide utilitarian transport to the masses.

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Other features include a tailgate that can be lowered and used as a loading ramp, as well as an air filter high up on the truck, which gives enhanced wading ability.

Speaking recently, Murray said: “The problem is, in countries where people have limited mobility, the roads are awfully rutted – so you need plenty of ground clearance and good traction.

“I looked for inspiration at the Renault 4, which is probably one of the most successful off-road cars ever made.

“That is lightweight, with small wheels and massive travel. I thought that if they could do it, then why couldn’t we?”

The OX is currently in the last stages of development, with some funding needed to push it into full scale production.

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The project began as a vision by Sir Torquil Norman, who hopes to help out some of the most in-need people on earth.

Demand for improved transport is growing in places such as Africa and the developing world, both to assist with everyday living and in emergencies.

The OX has the ability to handle a range of essential tasks, such as transporting drinking water and moving grain, fertilizer or building materials.

Engineered to perform as well as a four-wheel drive vehicle, the OX also functions across all terrains, which is hoped will help it to reach some of the planet’s remotest regions.

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