Gordan Murray designed Ox truck

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Gordan Murray designed Ox truck

Postby mb » Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:13 am

http://www.topgear.com/car-news/big-rea ... save-world

“It’s a crime, almost, that only 20 percent of the world’s population has access to a motor vehicle,” says Sir Torquil Norman, ex-fighter pilot, lawyer, economist, banker and retired toy magnate. But he didn’t just rant about it. He set down the criteria for a new kind of vehicle for the developing world. It had to be ultra-simple, ultra-cheap, ultra-robust and ultra-repairable.

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For design and development, he engaged Gordon Murray. Yes, Murray of five championship-winning Formula One cars and the McLaren F1. “I’m more proud of this than any other vehicle I’ve done,” says Murray. Better have a go then.

The OX has been designed with rough, rutted, washboarded gravel roads in mind. It has only front-drive, for simplicity, ground clearance and lightness. But supple suspension and helpful weight distribution give it immense traction, as Top Gear found on a test track normally reserved for 4x4s.

Murray says the inspiration for the dynamics came from the Renault 4, once a much-loved off-roader in Africa and Southern Europe.


Will this get built? Where will this show up if so, and how modified?

Edit: BBC article with short video:
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37285399
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Re: Gordan Murray designed Ox truck

Postby snaark » Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:01 am

Awesome. Gordon Murray was my hero when I was an engineering student. Anything he does is the duck's nuts.
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Re: Gordan Murray designed Ox truck

Postby Kurt » Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:13 pm

Pretty cool. Plus you can really tell he was in the field since his comparison was the Hi-Lux and his inspiration was the Renault.
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Re: Gordan Murray designed Ox truck

Postby seektravelinfo » Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:19 pm

Nice. Very ugly, but nice.
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Re: Gordan Murray designed Ox truck

Postby Hitoru » Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:39 am

Not that great, no FWD, no ground clearance and rudimentary suspension that will have to be fixed regularly.
And if it is made in England it will fall apart.
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Re: Gordan Murray designed Ox truck

Postby mb » Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:08 am

“No wireless. Less space than a Nomad. Lame.”


Through it's only FWD, the ground clearance is greater than a D90 and almost as good as a Hilux at the axles, much better everywhere else. I don't know why the suspension would need to be fixed particularly often.
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Re: Gordan Murray designed Ox truck

Postby gnaruki » Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:22 am

So it's a Ute with some mods? I'd rather take a Kawasaki mule: http://m.kawasaki.com/Product/details/2017-Mule-PRO-FX-EPS-LE .
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Re: Gordan Murray designed Ox truck

Postby nowonmai » Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:59 pm

Renault 4 would do me. Can't find them any more.
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Re: Gordan Murray designed Ox truck

Postby snaark » Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:52 pm

nowonmai wrote:Renault 4 would do me. Can't find them any more.


Fuckin tons of em in the Balkans. But getting one would require you leaving the isle of whiners.
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