Flat-pack truck ready to rebuild communities in Africa

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OX truck dreamt up by McLaren F1 creator can carry two tonnes and be assembled in 12 hours by three people

Gordon Murray, the creative genius behind the McLaren F1, has revealed a tough, small truck he hopes will prove popular in Africa and other emerging markets.

Called the OX, the cab-over-engine truck was created in collaboration with the founder of Global Vehicles trust, Sir Torquil Norman.

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Designed, developed and engineered to be a tough, lightweight, reliable truck for a humanity program in Africa, the flat-pack trucks neatly avoid local taxes in Africa and six of the kits can be transported in a standard-sized storage container.

Once arrived at its destination, the OX takes three skilled people 12 hours to assemble in approximately 12 hours.

Powered by a Ford Transit-sourced 74kW/310Nm 2.2-litre diesel engine, the OX has been engineered to carry a payload of more than 2000kg, despite weighing just 1700kg itself.

Adopting a three abreast seating arrangement, the OX places its driver unusually in the middle (just like the original McLaren F1).

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Behind the front seats there’s plenty of room to carry three Euro-sized pallets, or eight 200-litre drums.

Alternatively, the OX can be converted to carry 13 people.

Featuring huge ground clearance and short front and rear overhangs, the OX is claimed to be very accomplished off-road despite only coming with front-wheel drive.

The OX can also wade up to depths of 1300mm — any deeper and early tests have shown the OX begins to float, according to its creators.

Cheap to make and using extensive parts sourced from Ford, the OX will be priced from less than $17,000 when production begins.

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As well as emerging markets, according to some reports the OX might also soon go on sale in Europe as a cut-price Toyota HiLux or Land Rover Defender alternative for rural communities.

With 95 per cent of all development done, the Global Vehicles trust will present three fully built prototypes to investors to seek the final $5 million needed to push the OX into production.

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