Humanitarian missions to remote parts of the world or even areas with difficult terrain can prove to be difficult for a number of reasons, but one of the more notable obstacles is finding reliable transportation vehicles.
The Flatpack Ox is the result of a philanthropist seeking an all-terrain vehicle that would not only be capable of traversing Africa but also be able to be shipped there in the first place.
Its name is derived from the fact it is “the world’s first flatpack truck,” meaning it can literally be packed into and shipped in a flat box.
A modular vehicle, if you will.
According to the creators of the truck, the Flatpack Ox can swiftly be broken down into 60 parts in around 12 hours. That might seem like a long time, but for such a vehicle capable of holding 13 people and around 4,100 pounds of cargo, it’s extremely impressive.
Of course, being able to break down the Flatpack Ox means it can be shipped to places like Africa for relatively cheap, the main objective Torquil Norman, a philanthropist who runs the Global Vehicle Trust, and Gordon Murray, the South African engineer who helped design the McLaren F1, wanted to accomplish.
“Ox was just a dream six years ago,” Norman says. “But it is now a realistic prospect for production with working prototypes that have completed a comprehensive testing program.”