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Old 6th February 2016, 17:20   #1
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Default Force Gurkha @ Auto Expo 2016

Force Motors displayed the Gurkha EOV 4x4x4 at the 2016 Auto Expo.

The Gurkha EOV 4x4x4 has been the star of the Rain Forest Challenge India. It is powered by 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 140 BHP and 321 Nm of torque and is mated to a G 32-M/5 gearbox.

Facts & figures:
  • Max speed = 100 kph (limited)
  • Ground clearance = 290 mm
  • Max gradeability = 60 degrees
  • Approach angle = 88 degrees
  • Departure angle = 58 degrees
  • Roll over angle = 30 degrees
  • Wading capability = 1,100 mm
  • Articulation capability = 14 inch suspension travel / 24 inch wheel travel, 42 inch ramp travel index
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The badge displays a "kukri" - the characteristic weapon of the Gorkha regiment of the Indian Army:
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Chunky Maxxis Trepador Bias tyres (37 x 12.50 x 16):
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Front and rear suspension have an extended length of 36 inches and a collapsed length of 22 inches:
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The undercarriage still wears the red earth of Goa:
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A basic side step - won't hurt if this gets damaged:
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Like all serious off-roaders, this one has a snorkel:
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The loading bay is dominated by a spare tyre:
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A look at the top of the car:
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Such switches can be found only on purpose-built vehicles used for motor sport. No creature comforts here:
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A good roll cage is extremely important when you are participating in an event as extreme as the Rain Forest Challenge. Notice the hammer tied to it:
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Awards won by the Gurkha:
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Old 7th February 2016, 08:15   #3
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That undercarriage picture though

Manufacturers create fancy terrain displays with stones et all to showcase the capability of their SUV's, the 4*4*4 has taken that to a new high!
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Thanks, trying to make an impact by showing as a true offroader without any blings.

Its the maximum it can go on that ramp without getting turtle.

Liked the tow hooks at the front, military truck style (shaktimaan etc)

I just read the reason why there is extra 4 in 4x4x4.

its for 4 wheel steering where the rear wheels also turn to assist in low speed turns (opposite direction of front wheel) Or high speed changes of lanes (same direction as front wheel).
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I just read the reason why there is extra 4 in 4x4x4.

its for 4 wheel steering where the rear wheels also turn to assist in low speed turns (opposite direction of front wheel) Or high speed changes of lanes (same direction as front wheel).

Nope bro, that is not the reason for the extra 4 in 4x4x4, here! The extra 4 is Force's own way of indicating the differential locks on both the front and rear axles.

Also, if you look at the rear suspension, do you see that the rear wheels can be steered? No, right?
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Yes there are no steering linkages for the rear wheels. The housing is rigid and there is no UJ at the wheels.
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Nope bro, that is not the reason for the extra 4 in 4x4x4, here! The extra 4 is Force's own way of indicating the differential locks on both the front and rear axles.

Also, if you look at the rear suspension, do you see that the rear wheels can be steered? No, right?
Ooh, I searched the meaning of 4x4x4 and shared what implies of 4x4x4.

It seems the global meaning is not applicable here.
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I sincerely wish we can have such modifications available for the general public too who are keen on it. Very few good workshops/experts available. But i am glad the scene is picking up. Any idea if Force offers such mods?
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Brave of FM to showcase the world's only 4x4x4 in the current Auto Expo.

Hope companies like Land Rover who had the tag line "The best 4x4 x Far" must be feeling humbled by FM

By wining the Rain Forest challenge, has the Gurkha 4x4x4 been able to convert the wining into a sales success? NO.
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..........By wining the Rain Forest challenge, has the Gurkha 4x4x4 been able to convert the wining into a sales success? NO.
True, but unfortunate. For such a competent off-roader - which is handicapped for urban as well as highway use - the civilian market is mostly limited to the participants in off-road events. Though why the armed forces and other para-military services (ITBF e.g.) are not placing bulk orders for it I don't know.
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True, but unfortunate. For such a competent off-roader - which is handicapped for urban as well as highway use - the civilian market is mostly limited to the participants in off-road events. Though why the armed forces and other para-military services (ITBF e.g.) are not placing bulk orders for it I don't know.
Gurkha was made for the Indian Army and other security forces, but they also never bought this competent vehicle with incompetent company!

FM missed the boat BIG time.
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The Gurkha seems to be the most butch vehicle coming out of an Indian manufacturer. After Gypsy this seems to be a real brute of the bad roads and yes the Gypsy looks like a puny kitten in front of this (no offense meant to Gypsy lovers) especially the under body side of things.

The real question is do they really sell this vehicle to the general public or it is just for the rally circuit made to order kinds. Would be great if they sell such a rare niche product out there!
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The spec. sheet for this beast !
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Caught some snaps of the Force GURKHA showing the articulation !! This one is for all the Off Road Enthusiasts :

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Maybe already noted, but looks like loads of articulation on the rear and basically none on the front. Typical IFS limitation I suppose, but hard to believe it couldn't be better set-up.

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