The world’s first flat-pack vehicle, the Ox can be shipped anywhere — and much like flat-pack furniture, its parts require less space for shipping. The large, boxy truck ships in about 60 pieces with a tool kit, so it only takes about 12 hours put it together, GTV’s founder, Torquil Norman, tells Business Insider.
Though GVT unveiled the Ox’s prototype in 2013, Norman says the company has now developed a more complete version. The British nonprofit worked with Formula One designer Gordon Murray to create it, and spent $3 million testing and refining the prototype. The truck is not for sale yet — GVT estimates it will need to spend another $4 million to manufacture the Ox on a larger scale.
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Much like flat-pack furniture, the trucks take up much less cargo space, making them easier to transport than normal trucks. For comparison, a 40-foot shipping container can carry six Oxes but only two assembled trucks.
Though it's not a race car, it shares a lot of the same design principles, like ultra-light construction.
Murray's manufacturing method for the Ox, called iStream, makes the truck 20% lighter and 60% more efficient to build. Instead of solid steel, the Ox's frame is made from a waterproof, bonded plywood composite.
The Africar, a lightweight vehicle designed in the 1980s to handle Africa's rough terrain, inspired the Ox's design.
Norman says the Ox could be useful in remote areas in Africa, where reliable ground transportation is a valuable resource.
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