Nowadays when we think of wheeled military vehicles, big brawny Humvees or heavily armored off-roaders come to mind. But long before the era of these behemoths, small light-weight off-roaders like the Willys MB and its Ford GPW twin were being deployed in the field. These were tough, go-anywhere machines that could be shipped in a crate if needed. Fast forward to the present, and it looks like German company Partisan Motors is giving this old concept a 21st century update.
Meet the Partisan One, Russian engineer Dr. Juri Postnikov’s vision of a tough back-to-basics off-road vehicle. At first glance it looks like a full-scale Lego car and the funny thing is the concept behind it is not too far from that. According to a report by The Sun, the Partisan One was designed to be shipped as lightweight assembly kits. Oh, it also gets a crazy long 100-year warranty, assuming the company still exists in the far future.
This is one of the best examples of function over form. Styling is virtually non-existent; everything is there for a purpose. Its simple construction, mostly flat panels on what is essentially a box-section cage and chassis, makes it affordable and easy to manufacture. This should also make doing repairs an easy task.
The Marston Mat-looking panels with circular holes allow armor plating to be bolted on. V-shaped armoring can also be bolted on underneath for added protection against pesky roadside explosives. Like its exterior, the interior is quite utilitarian. Instead of a full-width dashboard, it features a driver-side assembly which contains the gauge cluster and a switchgear panel. Other than that. you get two front bucket seats and a rear bench seat for two occupants.
Under its flat hood panel is the standard Fiat-sourced 2.8-liter diesel mill. It comes with a super-sized fuel tank which should give it an impressive estimated range of almost 1,000 miles or 1,609km. Thanks to its flexible design, it can accommodate various engine configurations including an electric powertrain, making it somewhat future-proof. While there’s not much info regarding the suspension, it clearly has fully-independent systems at the front and rear. It comes with steelies wrapped in off-road rubber.
Of course there’s a price to pay for all that military ruggedness. It costs about £44,000 (P3 million). No official production date has been announced. Other body styles could also be offered in the future. The manufacturer’s Facebook page features renderings of the “Sahara” and “Worker” variants which sport different paint schemes.
We could definitely use something like this here.