litre turbocharged V8
Terrain Adventurer concept is the work of Patrick Clarke,
a 2009 Graduate of Coventry University's Transport and
Product Design course.
The Terrain Adventurer is a proposal for a large haulage
vehicle specifically designed to cope with off-road driving
and severe climate conditions.
During the research phase of the project Clarke looked
at the various problems drivers faced when trying to work
in difficult conditions. Problems that often occur are
that wheels get stuck in mud and marsh lands, or can't
produce enough grip to climb steep inclines. This is where
the 10-wheel-drive layout off the Terrain Adventurer helps.
And if the going gets really tough then the retractable
track system located in the centre of the vehicle can
be deployed to provide additional traction.
Another problem for drivers is that especially in icy
or wet conditions jackknifing or trailer swing can happen
due to weathering of the mechanisms and cables between
the trailer and cab. On the Terrain Adventurer this problem
is corrected by having a sealed rubber section that contains
the important parts but can still provide access when
maintenance is needed.
One further area in which the Terrain Adventurer assists
the driver is in the design of the cab itself. The oversized
windscreen curves around the A-pillars
and also features a deep frontal area for a better view
of the road directly in front of the vehicle. Additionally
there are 6 sets of headlights so that not only can the
driver see clearly what's ahead, but also so that others
can see him and know its a large vehicle. With the addition
of the super sized side mirrors the driver can gather
a much better picture of his surroundings. Access to the
cab is facilitated with the use of pull out stairs hidden
just forward of the front wheels.
The cargo area of the Terrain Adventurer can be extended
by up to 3m thanks to the sealed rubber section located
just forward of the 6 rear wheels. The rear doors of the
trailer open both vertically and horizontally providing
easier access to the cargo onboard.
The proposed engine for the Terrain Adventurer is a 16
litre turbo diesel V8 sourced from Mercedes-Benz.
Length - 12 m (39 ft)
Width - 2.5 m (8.2 ft)
Height - 3.6 m (11.8 ft)