If you're one of those people who use pick-ups more for off-roading than for hauling, then you'll no doubt be interested in the upcoming newest version of Ford's F-150 Raptor. The automaker is billing it as "Ford's toughest, smartest, most capable truck for ultimate off-road performance."
Ariel Motor Company, it of the unhinged Atom sports car
, has announced a new addition to its line-up. The Nomad takes all of the raw excitement of the Atom and dumps it into an off-road buggy. Like the Atom, it is said to be lightweight, high performance and reliable.
KTM bills the 2015 1190 Adventure R as both "the world's safest motorcycle" and "without doubt the twin-cylinder enduro with the greatest offroad ability." Backing up the first claim is one of the first lean-angle sensitive Cornering ABS systems to hit the market, and backing up the second is a pair of big, tubeless spoked rims with aggressively knobby tyres on. In the right hands, this thing is a dune-destroying cross-continental touring weapon, a true superbike for the dirt. Loz Blain's hands are not the right hands; he's spent precious little time on the dirt – but he's always up for an Adventure...
Whoever said that losing your mobility also meant giving up your independence? We've already seen that the adventurous wheelchair user or walking-impaired person can head off road with a six-wheeled electric all-terrain vehicle
or a caterpillar-tracked micro EV drive train
. Now there's another option: Rocket Mobility's Tomahawk all-terrain personal utility vehicle, which allows the wheelchair-bound to traverse up to 12 miles (19 km) cross country at a maximum speed of 6 mph (10 km/h).
It's been a triumphant year for adrenaline. The year hosted the introduction of wild, innovative adventure gear for every type of terrain and weather known to man. The new generation of hard goods, which encapsulates everything from mini snowmobiles, to high-powered electric thrusters, to super-fast two, three, four and six-wheelers, will ensure that the Earth's asphalt, sand, snow and rock remain thrilling playgrounds.
Think Los Angeles, and the first vehicle that comes to mind is probably a fast, powerful convertible along the lines of the new Ferrari F60 America
. A pickup truck or SUV is likely to be well down the list. And that's largely how this year's Los Angeles Show played out with a whole lot of flashy cars
. But truck lovers weren't left wanting entirely with a smattering of trucks on display, including the all-new Ford Explorer and Chevy Colorado ZR2 concept pickup.
The wheelchair provides invaluable mobility to those with disabilities, but there are countless places where it can't go. Trails, parks, beaches, woods …without a paved road or structured pathway, the wheelchair can quickly find itself out of its element. The GRIT Freedom Chair updates wheelchair design – well not technically wheelchair, but "recreational device" – with all-terrain capabilities. Part mountain bike, part (recreational) wheelchair, the Freedom Chair opens up a new world of exploration.
We've already looked at all the wild custom cars
of the SEMA Show, but that was only half the story. For roughly every neon-lit, overpowered car on display, there was a jacked-up truck, makeshift off-road camper or heavily armored 4x4. The trucks and utility vehicles were every bit as much the story as the cars, and we tell it in this photo gallery.
Next in the flurry of new bikes from EICMA Milan 2014
is BMW’s answer to the magnificent Ducati Multistrada
– the S1000XR. Featuring the same wild-eyed 1000cc, 160-horsepower, inline 4-cylinder engine that scared the wrinkles out of my undercarriage in the insane S1000R nakedbike
, the XR is a fire-breathing, road focused light adventure bike with as much potential for long-range touring as it has for blowing the mirrors off sportsbikes in the twisties. It also features this year’s latest must-have gadget – lean angle-sensitive ABS Pro
, as well as BMW’s wonderful cruise control unit to round out an impressive electronics package.
Following up on the 2012 Troller TR-X concept
, Ford has designed a pair of custom Troller T4 off-road special editions. The specialized versions of its Jeep-like, Brazil-market 4x4 are built to go deeper and include a variety of upgrades, such as snorkels and winches. They are appearing alongside other production and special edition T4 models at this week's São Paulo Motor Show.