The Unimog is probably my favorite 4×4 of all time. Well, maybe Land Rovers and Unimogs. But isn’t it every car guy’s childhood dream to be driving that awesome big red truck, especially for those who grew up in the days of Transformers? Then when you finally grow up, you learn that the Unimog is actually a “go-anywhere” kind of ride, capable of tackling almost anything that mother nature can throw at you in this day and age where natural disasters are occurring more and more often, who wouldn’t dream of having one?
According to Wikipedia:
The first model was designed shortly after World War II to be used in agriculture as a self-propelled machine providing a power take-off to operate saws in forests or harvesting machines on fields. It was designed with permanent all-wheel drive, with equal-size wheels, in order to be driven on roads at higher speeds than standard farm tractors. With their very high ground clearance and a flexible frame that is essentially a part of the suspension, Unimogs are not designed to carry as much load as regular trucks.
Due to their off-road capabilities, Unimogs can be found in jungles, mountains and deserts as military vehicles, fire fighters, expedition campers, and even in competitions like truck trials and Dakar Rally rally raids. In Western Europe, they are commonly used as snowploughs, municipal equipment carriers, agricultural implements, construction equipment and road-rail vehicles.
My favorite feature would have to be the Portal Axles. If I can’t have a Unimog, then I would definitely want to have Portal Axles under my Land Rover.
Apart from portal gears which can reduce drivetrain stress, and add gear reduction, portal axles allow for very high ground clearance of at least 5 inches over standard non-portal axles that just about every other solid axle vehicle has.
On a Unimog, combined with its flexible frame feature, it gives you spectacular wheel articulation. They say you can even go through rocks and boulders that are a meter high, where most other 4x4s would be left dragging their frames on the rocks, if ever they did make it up.
I wouldn’t mind driving this everyday, if not for the maintenance cost as these things aren’t really common here, as well as the increased toll fees. Only question is, is this covered by the local Truck Ban?
Photos taken at the Fire Wolf Motors booth during the 2014 Trans Sport Show.