Written by Karl Peskett
What is the ultimate go-anywhere vehicle? It’s a question man has been pondering for years.
As humans, we are pretty capable, being able to climb Mount Everest and freedive deep underwater. But the further, higher, and deeper we go, we want our machines to do the same – push the limits of what’s possible.
Alexey Garagashyan’s background in racing, plus his fascination with engineering, has led him down the path of creating what could genuinely be the most capable all-terrain vehicle ever made.
It’s called the Sherpa ATV, and it is nothing short of absolutely amazing.
With tyres that stand 1.6m high, skid-steer turning, and all-wheel-drive, this grown-up’s version of a Tonka truck uses a Kubota diesel engine to power it through just about any conditions you can throw at it.
Land Rover is renowned for its ability in the rough, and what makes a Defender so capable off-road is its short wheelbase, allowing it to climb up and over obstacles which would normally get stuck in between the wheels. But the Sherpa ATV will have a Defender cowering in the corner with a wheelbase just 1.92m long and a total length of just 3.4m. With its 1.6m-tall tyres, it can climb up and over objects 70cm high, meaning most boulders won’t be an issue.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more capable, it pulls out its party trick. Most off-roaders have a wading depth of more than half a metre, to enable river crossings and the occasional beach jaunt.
The Sherpa ATV simply shrugs and dives headfirst into any water depth – it can float. With those self-inflating tyres that have paddle-like treads, it can propel itself at speeds up to 6kph. Frozen lakes suddenly become a bit of fun, rather than a symbol of trepidation.
Think of a landscape, think of any location on the planet, and the Sherpa ATV will get you there. It has redefined what’s possible in a four-wheeled vehicle. Yes, it truly is a globetrotter.