In the late 2000s, a self-made designer from St. Petersburg, Aleksey Garagashyan, invented an all-terrain vehicle that could drive on any roads, off-road, mud, and even force small rivers.
in 2012, a design bureau in Kiev began to commercialise these all-terrain vehicles. The assembly takes place in St. Petersburg.
In 2015, Sherpa was presented at the exhibition of crossovers and SUVs Moscow Off-Road Show 2015, and in February 2016 the all-terrain vehicle appears in episode 2 of the 25th season of the Top Gear auto show. After that, Western media became interested in the car.
Now SHERP is made at factories in Kiev and St. Petersburg.
Ukrainian all-terrain vehicles are exported all over the world, while Russian versions are used exclusively by the Emergencies Ministry.
What’s inside SHERP
The steel monocoque body is mounted on huge wheels with a diameter of 160 cm. Two pedals and two levers are used for control, as well as a set of control devices.
In addition to snow, mud and swamps, the all-terrain vehicle overcomes obstacles up to 70 cm high, and can also float on water, thanks to the protectors in the role of rowing blades.
The maximum speed of movement on land is 45 km / h , on water – 6 km / h . Able to tow a trailer weighing up to 2.4 tons without reducing cross-country ability.
The secret of the SHERP’s cross-country ability is in the pneumatic circulation suspension: all the tires of the all-terrain vehicle are connected to each other by air channels with a variable cross-section that can be manually adjusted. For example, when one tire hits an obstacle, the system will evenly distribute the pressure on the other wheels, significantly increasing their possibility of deformation.
The Sherpa is powered by a four-cylinder 1.5-liter Kubota V1505-t diesel engine with a capacity of 44.2 liters. from. together with a 5-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive.
The all-terrain vehicle is available in two body modifications – standard and kung. SHERP costs from 6.2 million rubles, depending on the configuration.