Imagine it's the end of the world, a virus has wiped out most of the population, or a catastrophic event has left most of the surface of the earth uninhabitable. You're one of the lucky survivors, living off the land and moving from place to place once resources have been exhausted.
You need a vehicle that's dependable, can go anywhere, and has extra capabilities to increase your chances of survival. The Sherp meets all these requirements, and more. Oh, and it has a fold-up front windscreen – that alone is worth the price of admission.
This four-wheeled vehicle is actually amphibious and floats with ease thanks to a super buoyant body. In each wheel is an independent gas tank, capable of holding about 55 litres (12 gallons) per tyre, for a total of 230 litres (50 gallons) worth of fuel. Oh, and the torquey yet frugal 1.5-litre turbo diesel from Kubota is good for 44 bhp and consumes only 0.5 to 0.7 gallons per hour on any terrain.
Oh, and those tyres have an inflation and deflation system built-in, allowing the driver to adjust the tyre pressures to suit the terrain.
A five-speed manual transmission takes care of the power delivery to all four wheels, and the Sherp can clear obstacles 23 inches high and dispense with gradients of up to 35°. It has a top speed of 24.5 miles per hour on the road, and 3.7 miles per hour on the water, and it can transition easily from each surface.
You also have the ability to turn the Sherp in the same spot, similar to that of a tracked vehicle, and the interior compartment can fit up to four beds or two bench type seats for four to six people. Storage is courtesy of a compartment under the floor boards, totalling 170 litres (37 gallons) to store necessary things, equipment, or the installation of an additional fuel tank.