As the Northeast and South brace for yet another day of record snow fall, thousands of Americans are struggling with ways to deal with treacherous road conditions. Thankfully, some intrepid Russian DIYers have a plan: convert your car to use tank treads.
As shown in the video below, the system can convert any car, from an SUV to a Lada, into a tracked monster. This conversion comes from the city of Chelyabinsk, which once hosted so many T-34 manufacturing plants that the city got the nickname "Tankograd". And, since a disaster in 1957 at the nearby Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant turned Chelyabinsk into one of the world's most contaminated cities, these tank treads also come in handy for running over any roving mobs of radiation mutants one might encounter.
Anyway, check out the video, and then maybe place an order for a set of treads to help you navigate the snow drifts obstructing traffic at DuPont Circle.
Oh wow! I want one
Oh wow! I want one
You can say that again!
I don't think its street legal, but I still want one.
may not be street legal, but at least u can use these instead of chains in the sierras.
I'd love to know what they're saying. And I totally want one.
Crazy Russians and their crazy cars.
It sucks that you gotta remove the wheels and stuff. It'd be really awesome if all you had to do was drive the car onto the tracks and push a button that locked it into the treads and then you could drive off. Too much work to be practical, for me, anyways.
I want to see one of these car/tanks with a Bugatti body and engine pushing it. The Bugatti can do 200+ MPH on rubber tires. Can it do 150+ MPH with treads?????????
Prolly not, the tracks would probably rip itself apart at 90 MPH.
I agree with the guy above.. as to what they are saying, here is an approximate translation:
"(news caster) This invention of Chelyabinsk engineers reminds a lot of a tank, only without the gun. Instead of the gun, a car takes the place of the gun. Workers of the factory are very interested in the invention. Now, it's simple. Just take off all the wheels, and attach all control mechanisms to the platform. What you get, is a real off-roader, light and fast."
"(the guy in the hat) (a lot of technical terms i don't know the translation of.) Something something, attach this to the platform, pour in brake fluid, pump it through the whole system, and you are basically ready to go. A regular person could do this in a couple of hours."
The rest of the video is just demonstrations.
oh and another thing, this is only for back wheel drive and all wheel drive cars. in the future they are planning to make this usable to all cars.
Something very similar to this was available in wesstern Canada about 30 years ago. The rear wheels drove a roller that powered the tracks. That way the tires didn't have to be removed. I don't think it was very successful.
T'is an Ill wind that blows no minds...I want one sized for my electric garden tractor!
Wow that is a very good example of the Russian genius. Actually a conversion kit makes sense in regions of the world where the climate is continental: really hot in summer and really cold in winter. Just one vehicle is enough. Add a convertible top to your jeep and you can now use it all year round, no questions asked :)
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ooooohhhhh! I WANT ONE! THINK OF ALL THE DAMA.... I MEAN FUN, yes FUN I COULD HAVE WITH ONE! MAYBE EVEN SHOCK THE HELL OUT OF PEOPLE WHEN I DRIVE DOWN THE HIGHWAY! :D The damn rednecks would be proud! lol
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Wow that's amazing! We can't do that here.