It’s a quad bike but not as Kiwis know it
Polaris has unveiled in the US a new quad bike that comes complete with ‘‘ Terrain Armour nonpneumatic tyres’’ which it claims can withstand a hit from a 50-calibre round of ammunition. In testing, the quad bike is said to have travelled over 550 kilometres after ‘‘ receiving fire from a 50-calibre round’’.
The company also said the tyres logged 1600 kilometres with a 7.6cm railroad spike in the tread and webbing.
‘‘These tests lead to a confidence-building consumer vehicle, both in terms of durability and reliability, and ensure a highly-capable work and hunting partner,’’ the company said in a press release.
‘‘ Beyond having no flats, consumers will appreciate the other benefits the tyres offer including a better centre-of-gravity, improved cornering due to less pushing and the capability for the tyres to be designed for a diverse range of applications.’’
Just how such a machine would perform in New Zealand farming conditions remains unproven, but the Sportsman WV850 HO comes packed with other features including:
-A military-grade fully automatic single-speed transmission including forward and reverse gears;
-An upgraded shock package that offers superior handling under heavy load or while traversing rugged landscape;
-An increased cooling capacity for long days and high temperatures; -Steel racks capable of carrying 272 kgs of cargo; -A 5.1 cm receiver hitch that can tow 680kgs; -A standard 1600kg winch for confidence in extreme settings.
And lots more.