Sherp ATV: Unstoppable Off-Road Amphibious Vehicle
Meet the SHERP ATV, an amphibious, all-terrain behemoth that can tear through ice, mud, and deep water and was initially made to navigate the terrain in Russia. Designed by SHERP INTERNATIONAL, which is headquartered in Kyiv, Ukraine, this mega ATV has been extensively tested and developed for two decades and can conquer any surface and overcome the most difficult natural obstacles – from boulders, rugged woods, swamps, and frozen tundra with icy lakes – and even avalanches. You may have seen this monstrous ATV on the British auto show, “TopGear,” or in rapper Kanye West’s music videos for “Follow God” and “Closed on Sunday,” “Jay Leno’s Garage” with Kevin Hart, and “Extreme Ice Machines” on the Science Channel.
Besides all the Hollywood fanfare, this beastly amphibious, all-terrain vehicle can also be a life-saver. It’s a robust, low-maintenance, and dependable vehicle for specialists who must overcome treacherous environments and extreme natural conditions, or access remote locations as a part of their professions, such as geologists, oil workers, rescue agents, fishermen, hunters, extreme drivers, and travelers.
Another cool feature of its steel and aluminum body is its buoyancy, which enables it to stay afloat even without the wheels. Its ‘Tonka Trunk-like’ massive tires are the show-stoppers and they range in size from – 63″x 25″ on the SHERP Pro model and 72″x 25″ on the SHERP N model, spanning the length of the whole vehicle. They are also tubeless, low-pressure, and don’t have any springs or joints. Instead, it relies on differential steering and suspension from the tires. The exhaust can even inflate or deflate the wheels –just like a balloon! When submerged in water, the tires’ grooves double as paddles.
The SHERP’s maximum speed is 40 km/h on land and 6 km/h on water. It’s surprisingly lightweight, which helps it easily drive over icy lakes, swamps, and marshes. It’s equipped with a small 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine that you’d find in forklifts. It produces 44HP, which is enough to power through any terrain. It also has a clutch-controlled steering system with brake controls, and therefore there is no brake pedal.
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