Envisioned by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Torquil Norman and designed by renowned automotive engineer Professor Gordon Murray, OX is the world’s first ‘flat-pack’ truck designed to provide low-cost all-terrain mobility for remote parts of Africa and the developing world.
The Global Vehicle Trust, the London-based firm behind it, says OX will solve Africa’s intense need for improved transport, for both everyday living as well as emergencies. OX will compete directly with Mobius Motors, a Nairobi-based rugged car manufacturer.
According to Sir Torquil Norman: “My inspiration for the OX goes back to seeing the ‘Africar’ project of the 1980s. This project shares some of the aims of that vehicle, but its execution is radically different. OX was just a dream six years ago, but it is now a realistic prospect.”
The OX has been designed specifically to tackle a host of transport challenges, and to undertake crucial daily tasks, such as collect drinking water and transporting grain, fertilizer or building materials. It is unlike any other vehicle and has no direct competitor – whether from a concept, performance or pricing point of view.
The OX’s cabin provides spacious accommodation for three people, and the driver is seated centrally. This layout has specific advantages for the world’s developing countries, some of which have right-hand traffic, while others drive on the left of the road.
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 added challenge of a flat-packed vehicle design over the already tough targets for cost, durability and weight saving made for a fascinating and stimulating journey from concept to prototype.
“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.”
The firm is now raising funds to make the OX a reality in Africa.
Technical specifications – XP3 prototype
|Dry weight||1600 kg|
|Payload capacity||1900 kg|
|Suspension and damping|
|Front||OXGlide™ leading arms, telescopic dampers and coil springs|
|Rear||OXGlide™ trailing arms, telescopic dampers and coil springs|
|2.2-litre 16v Diesel|
|Type||4 valves per cylinder|
|Bore x stroke (mm)||86.0 x 94.6|
|Power||100 PS at 3,500 rpm|
|Torque||310 Nm at 2,100 rpm|
|Manual, All Synchromesh||5 speed + reverse|
|Type||Rack and pinion|
|Front||300 mm ventilated disc|
|Rear||280 mm solid disc|
|Wheels and tyres|
|Wheel size||Tyres – Front||Tyres – Rear|
|x 16-inch||205/80 R16||205/80 R16|
|Luggage||3,430 (to sides) / 7,000 (maximum)|