The Ox: World’s First Flat-Pack Truck Is Headed To Pre-Production Trials
The world’s first flat-pack truck has been confirmed for pre-production trials. Remember the Ox? You should. The Ox first came on the scene in 2016. It was the brainchild of Torquil Norman, a philanthropist who runs the Global Vehicle Trust, and Gordon Murray, the South African engineer who helped create the McLaren F1.
It’s powered by a Ford PT22 four-cylinder diesel mated to a five-speed manual gearbox; output is 100 hp and 283 lb-ft of torque. It’s front-wheel drive. Unladened weight distribution is 71/29 front/rear, but that improves to 50/50 when ladened. It boasts nearly 10 inches of ground clearance, and it can ford almost 40 inches of water.
The Ox was designed from the ground up to be able to be transportable anywhere, constructed anywhere and driven anywhere, including two-track dirt roads. To reach its intended audience, the truck can be flat-packed and shipped with ease. Its designers claim that three people can break it down into 60 parts in just 12 hours. This allows the Ox to be shipped cheaply to developing nations, where aid workers can use it to transport water, grain, fertilizer, and building materials. The Ox can seat 13 people and carry up to 4,100 pounds of cargo.
And thanks to Shell, the Ox may finally see the light of day. “The Ox is one of our most important engineering designs and it is certainly the vehicle of which I am most proud of,” Murray said in a statement, “as its disruptive design has the potential to change the current mobility model and with Shell’s vision this vehicle could go on to improve so many people’s lives.”