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Old 23rd May 2010, 22:28   #1
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There’s just something sexy about taking a Mercedes off-road – I mean, can you really get much better than piloting a G-Class through the jungle or over a bit of mountainous terrain? I didn’t think so. But alas, there are still some places the G-Class can’t take you, and for those places, Iranian engineer Siyamak Rouhi Dehkordi has the answer. He’s created a design study he’s calling the Mercedes-Benz Hexawheel Concept, and with it, he’s introducing a concept he believes will offer a much improved and much more extreme level of off-road driving.

The premise is simple: ants (along with various other insects) benefit from an articulated design, meaning their various body sections can move independently of one another. Compare ants to say, a tortoise, which has a fixed body and moving legs (i.e, the same design as a traditional car/SUV), and it’s clear that the ant benefits from a much greater degree of agility on various terrains than the tortoise. Applying this concept to his design study, Dehkordi created the Mercedes Hexawheel, which utilizes a similar articulated design. Up front, the Mercedes Hexawheel has a short, main seating compartment for up to three people, while the rear storage area is connected via a hinged, hydraulically regulated joint. As a result, the Mercedes Hexawheel’s wheelbase length is substantially reduced, allowing the front half to navigate obstacles independently of the rear. Also present is an all-wheel drive system providing power to each of the Hexawheel’s six wheels, and a diesel engine mated to a flexible hydraulic power transmission system.

The end result is a vehicle that can climb the most varied of terrains, while still providing an impressive amount of cargo carrying ability. Check out the Mercedes-Benz Hexawheel Concept pics.
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Source : Mercedes-Benz Hexawheel Concept Design Study | eMercedesBenz

And here's a video of something like this in real life :

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Hi Guys,

The US Army was using the M561 aka Gama Goat and M520 aka Goer.

These were base on the articulated tractor concept.

Gama Goat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Home of the Gama Goat

M520 Goer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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