I get many inquiries regarding Tatra's, these are not cheap trucks, good they may be. However, you cannot buy one of these and complain they are more expensive than a Bedford RL. Prices start from around £20,000 and go on to over £100,000.
You have all your other off road trucks, then there are Tatras. Not really known over here, but worldwide they are probably the most famous. Did you know they win Paris Dakar rally yearly! These units retail at in excess of GBP 30,000 so I guess you need "Deep Pocket Syndrome" if you want to be seen in one of these babies. What is unique about a Tatra is the suspension; swing axle on a truck is rare and complex. The centre chassis is also unique; all off road vehicles have a normal ladder type axle. Construction is simple, but with Tatra they looked at this design and realised that for the best off road ability you need to have a single centre spine. Look at your most agile animals - cats when jumping can turn in mid air. Tatra realised if you designed you truck with a single spine, you have a unbreakable truck that naturally doesn't mind bending at whatever angle you throw at it. However, this does not mean if you race the truck off a cliff it will always land feet first!
This unit is an 8x8 version of this superb marque.
Tatra history is impressive.
TATRA vehicles are supported by more than 150 years of tradition of manufacture of carriages, wagons, cars and trucks in the east Moravian village of Koprivnice.
The founding of TATRA Koprivnice is closely linked up with the industrial revolution of Bohemia and Moravia. First historical records of this nature can be traced back to 1850 - 1853.
Production of Tatra T813 began in 1967 and was superseded by T815 in 1982. Models were available in the variety of axle configurations 4x4, 6x6, and 8x8, all featuring fully independent suspensions. The trucks were powered by an air-cooled, naturally aspirated 17.6 litre V-12 T930, with a peak power of 198.6 kW at 2000 rpm and 990 Nm of torque at 1300 rpm(266 hp 730 ft.lbf) and featured a triple friction plate dry clutch, 10 speed main gearbox, 2 speed transfer gearbox and 2 speed low/high range planetary reduction and central tyre inflation/deflation system. Some military versions had the ability to pressurize differentials and gearbox housings during water crossing.