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Rescue off-roader floats over water and snow to save lives

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October 16, 2013

The Rescue makes easy work of deep, sticky mud

The Rescue makes easy work of deep, sticky mud

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For rescue outfits that think the ARGO 8x8 XTI is a little too small and weak, the massive, Earth-roaming Rescue from Romanian off-road manufacturer Ghe-O Motors should provide an attractive alternative. This fearless vessel carries up to 11 people through mud, snow, water and anything that's in their way.

The Rescue, which Ghe-O introduced at this week's Bucharest auto show, is designed to support rescue, fire, military and medical operations in all types of terrain and weather conditions. To get down to that business, it uses a rugged, massive jeep-like cabin built around a large, rumbling engine and heavy-duty transmission with lockable axles. Gas engines are available in the 340- to 500-bhp range and diesels in the 218- to 304-bhp range.

Ghe-O also makes off-road motorsport cars like the Predator

Ghe-O has experience building off-road race cars and it has used this experience in developing the Rescue. Despite being longer, wider and taller than a Hummer H1 (5.2 x 2.7 x 2.4 m/205 x 106 x 94.5 in), and weighing 3.2 t, Ghe-O says that the Rescue has a presence comparable to a much smaller off-road racer. It goes so far as to opine that the vehicle could outperform a small, two-seat off-road car in many off-road situations, 11 people and all. We'd have to see that to believe it.

The Rescue can be equipped with numerous job-specific accessories. The most interesting accessory is the set of pneumatic wheel pillows that enable the vessel to float through water and snow. Other accessories include rear tracks, a firefighting water tank and pump system, and a plow. For military usage, the engine can be fortified with extra electromagnetic and water protection.

Available accessories include the tire pillows and plow system

Ghe-O doesn't list pricing information, leaving it to the expected "for more info please contact us." We're guessing most readers will be satisfied with seeing the Rescue in action, which you can do below. Not only does it conquer water, mud and snow, it pulls both a Land Rover and Hummer out of trouble. Those that like crazy, extreme terrain machines should browse through Ghe-O Motors' YouTube channel as it has plenty of other impressive shorts.

Source: Ghe-O Motors, Balkans.com via AutoBlog

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
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7 Comments

Handy bit of kit, but I can see those floatation tyres causing a few problems when operating in water that isn't quite deep enough for the vehicle to float, but deep enough for the tyres to give it sufficient buoyancy to reduce the tyres' ground pressure and, consequently, their tractive effort. I notice the video carefully avoided that scenario. Nevertheless, an interesting machine, though, once it does get stuck, you'll probably need two more to recover it. However, that can be a problem with any big capable heavyweight off-roader.

Grunt
16th October, 2013 @ 06:56 am PDT

Quite nicely set up and fairly floaty with those extra large volume tires. Forget the water wings as they are poorly designed and were already out of round in the video, in addition to being useless in any kind of current (better to have an inflatable bladder system on four sides as well as tires that, when pressure is adjusted, push out sand-dune-like scoops) . Otherwise it won't have enough velocity and directional control to avoid being swept down even the slowest river. That notwithstanding, it's obviously a more capable big off-roader than anything we have seen to date. I'd love to see the look on the face of our local H1 snob as this thing pulls up beside him. Will the real Arnold Schwarzenegger please stand up.

Mirmillion
16th October, 2013 @ 08:41 am PDT

The Russians have been using vehicles like this for years.

Denis Klanac
16th October, 2013 @ 10:21 am PDT

The flotation device belong devices belong on the body not the tires. preferably as an integral part.

Slowburn
16th October, 2013 @ 12:46 pm PDT

A lot of us in the midwest could use something like this to fight grass fires. Build a 3-500 gallon water tank between the frame rails, and make a way for the passenger to control the nozzle. Their smaller vehicle may even work better, and place the two seats in tandem, with the rear higher than the front.

sunfly
16th October, 2013 @ 05:54 pm PDT

They have had these for as long as I can remember. They are called rock crawlers. Anybody that has visited southern Utah has seen these in action.

pbschulz
16th October, 2013 @ 06:58 pm PDT

Great to avoid city's traffic by crossing the harbour!

Donald Burgres
17th October, 2013 @ 05:58 am PDT
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