You have all your other off road trucks, then there’s Tatra. Not really known over here, but world wide they are probably the most famous. Did you know they win Paris Dakar rally yearly! These units retail at in excess of £30,000 so I guess you need "Deep Pocket Syndrome" if you want to be seen in one of these babies. What’s unique about Tatra truck 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, and cheap, but with Tatra they looked at this design and realised for the best off road ability you need to have a single centre spine. Look at your most agile animals, cats when drop 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 what ever angle you throw at it. However, this doesn’t mean if race the truck off a cliff it will always land feet first.
This unit is 6x6 version, used as part of a group of vehicles, finding a 6x6 box unit is about as difficult to find as the holy grail, there were only a few available units built. So if you want the ultmate don't wait to long. There are no more!
Have a look at the rally films, they're quite impressive.
For those who have never heard of Tatra or have little knowledge then read on, history is pretty impressive!
Car production in the Moravian town of Kopøivnice dates back to 1850 when Ignác Šustala founded a family company to manufacture coaches and carriages of his own design.1880s brought a profound change in transport. The uncomfortable carriages were replaced incrementally by rail transport. Šustala´s company built some new facilities to produce its first 15 railcars in 1882.
An important milestone came in 1897 when the company built the first passenger car in Central Europe, the "Präsident, and in 1898 when the first lorry was produced here. The lorry of payload 2,5 t was driven by two, rear-housed Benz engines, and was
a basis for Tatra truck production for the years to follow.
TATRA vehicles are supported by more than 150 years of tradition of manufacture of carriages, wagons, cars and trucks in the Koprivnice factory. 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. Halfway the nineteenth century Ignac Schustala and Adolf Raska established a coach and cart factory in the east Moravian village of Koprivnice.
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.