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Meet the flat-pack truck built for Africa





6 September 2016


This odd looking truck is called the OX and it has just been revealed by the Global Vehicle Trust, which originated from the vision of one man – Sir Torquil Norman.

Five years ago, he founded the Global Vehicle Trust, to pursue his ambition to help people in the developing world by providing cost-effective mobility. The GVT subsequently briefed renowned automotive designer Professor Gordon Murray (the man behind the famous McLaren F1) on a unique humanitarian programme to create a revolutionary lightweight truck. Some of the traits of the F1 have been carried over, as the OX’s steering wheel is located in the middle. This is not for increased weight distribution, but for a far more practical reason. As you might know, some countries drive on the left, others on the right, and this simple solution removes any sort of red tape involved with importing the OX.

The brief called for high ground clearance, excellent approach and departure angles, large wheel movement, a multi-purpose layout and a three-person cab.

Not only does the OX boast exceptional all-terrain ability, but also the kind of load-carrying ability that would have any bakkie owner blushing. Even with three passengers on board, it can carry 1900kg of cargo to the most remote locations on the planet.

The OX’s revolutionary nature extends beyond the vehicle design because, uniquely, it is capable of being flat-packed within itself, enabling it to be transported more efficiently around the world.

It takes three people less than six hours to create the flat pack in the UK prior to shipping, and six of these flat packs can be shipped within a container. Assembly labour is transferred to the importing country, where three skilled people can put an OX together in approximately 12 hours.

Professor Gordon Murray said: “The OX design and prototyping programme is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and challenging I have undertaken during my 45 years of car design, including my years in F1.

“The most satisfying elements of the project for me are that the OX will make such a difference to so many people and that it has no competitor in any part of the world. It has been a privilege to work alongside Torquil to make his vision a reality.”

  • quidditas

    Reminds me of a 1960’s Land Rover Series IIA Forward Control cab … but uglier!