Rescue off-roader floats over water and snow to save lives
By C.C. Weiss
October 16, 2013
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 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.
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.