Ox bakkie for Africa asks the crowd to help fund it
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.
The Ox has many practical features for rural Africa, like a tailgate that doubles as a ramp.