Ox bakkie for Africa asks the crowd to help fund it

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DUR­BAN-BORN su­per­car designer Gor­don Mur­ray, the Nor­man Trust and the Global Ve­hi­cle Trust are run­ning a not-for-profit crowdfunding cam­paign to build the Ox.

Con­ceived by Sir Torquil Nor­man, his trust has spent some £3 mil­lion to bring the Ox project to its cur­rent stage, but to get the ro­bust bakkie that Mur­ray de­signed for Africa, they now look to phi­lan­thropists world­wide to con­trib­ute to this ma­jor hu­man­i­tar­ian project.

“Even though 15% of the world’s pop­u­la­tion lives in Africa, there has never been a ve­hi­cle specif­i­cally de­signed and man­u­fac­tured in volume to meet the rigours of the con­ti­nent,” they said. The Ox is the ex­cep­tion. Mur­ray de­signed the bakkie so that sev­eral units and their driv­e­trains can be flat-packed and shipped in con­tain­ers, and as­sem­bled by a com­pe­tent me­chanic.

The three Ox models built to date show these 4x2 bakkies can scale ob­sta­cles de­signed to chal­lenge heavy 4x4s. To test the Ox in Africa, they are next hop­ing to raise £900 000 with sup­port from the crowd.

“This will en­able us to con­tinue the jour­ney of the Ox to make a huge im­pact on the lives of mil­lions of peo­ple around the world,” said Nor­man. • More info at http://Oxgvt.com.

PHOTO: OXGVT

The Ox has many prac­ti­cal fea­tures for ru­ral Africa, like a tail­gate that dou­bles as a ramp.

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