oRS from Kazakhstan still the best self-steering 4x4
SPECIALIST transport producer oRS is now taking orders for the 2015 self-steering 4x4 models — all of which comply with the most stringent environmental standards.
oRS proudly traces its history to Kazakhstan and makes no apologies that its dated manufacturing processes — like those of many former USSR nations — use a balland-socket system to transfer power to the four independently articulated struts, instead of a more modern metal clutch plate.
The ball-and-socket system does have the advantage that it allows an experienced controller to minutely vary the locomotive power to each strut, and it is a source of pride among such controllers to turn their units through 180 degrees at full speed using just the two rear struts.
For less experienced owners, four forward speeds and a reverse gear are preset and automatically engaged with either verbal commands or physical input. The latest oRS system can “learn” up to 12 commands, including steering.
Most new owners, however, steer with the standard interactive feedback loop that can double as the accelerator input.
Accelerated to the third or fourth speed settings, the unique suspension ensures that all four struts are in the air four over 50% of the duration of the forward motion. This ensures a ride that owners say feel exactly like “bursts of floating”, punctuated by a pleasantly rhythmic percussion of the struts striking the road surface.
In its third speed setting, the 2015 model can maintain speeds between 16-27 km/h even over rough terrain while remaining extremely light on fuel. The proven power plant turns most plant materials into kinetic energy with urea, methane and saltpeter the main byproducts through three exhaust systems. The singlechamber power unit can make up to 10 kW, (about 14 horsepower) depending on the fuel used, with traction provided by the four struts to ensure forward motion in up to 1 500 mm of mud or snow.
oRS has a proud history of recycling and the units’ pellets of spent fuel are used around the world by mushroom growers as well as a slow heat source by traditional cooks, especially in Mongolia. Japanese truck maker UD is currently also using the urea to turn toxic diesel gases into nitrogen and water, while developments on trapping the methane using party balloons is being investigated.
In keeping with the movement towards designing smaller vehicles to alleviate traffic congestion, only one seat is provided, but various aftermarket companies make multi-seat units that hook up to the main power unit to convey from pupils to loads.
Real leather and invisible stitching are standard, as is a cellular-driven repair process, which has been proven to be more natural than the nano-paint technologies used by Nissan and Mercedes-Benz to repair scratches.
For hard-core adventurers keen on testing the renowned rivercrossing abilities of the oRS units, the main attraction will, however, be the Tresses™, placed at the rear and steering areas.
The Tresses™ are made from real horse hair and can be twined for extra grip. As with all oRS products, the unit is fully self-steering and can find its way to the destination set as “home” thanks to the Stratified Biological Live Entry (STABLE) system.
Because each unit has to be programmed to its owner, oRS encourages individual sales meetings. (The use of apples instead of android devices during these meetings are encouraged.)
The waiting list is currently three years with prices on application at the local dealers.
This tongue-in-cheek piece serves to remind Wheels readers the humble “oRS” still sets the standard to which all sustainable selfsteering vehicles aspire. And, yes, UD trucks really has developed a process that uses horse pee to separate toxic diesel fumes into nitrogen and water.