Getting across rough terrain isn’t nearly as easy as you might think, especially if you want to do it quickly. Fortunately, some people believe there’s no kill like overkill when it comes to crushing the outdoors beneath your wheels, hence the Avtoros Shaman.
All Terrain, Under Your Wheels
It starts with the vehicle itself, which has eight wheels. Granted, you generally need more wheels when you’re out and about in the woods with no roads. In fact, it has so many wheels it needs three different steering systems: You can switch between on-road, off-road, and what Avtoros charmingly calls “Crab Mode”, where all eight wheels kick into gear and you start rolling over whatever gets in your way.
Takes A Beating, Keeps On Rolling
Another good design choice is that this can basically take whatever you throw at it. It’s not only built to go through snow and mud, it can even float through water without flooding, which is a big deal in of itself. It can also grind its way up a 45 degree incline which, trust us, is plenty impressive just on its own. It’s all done with a 146-horsepower turbodiesel engine. And, if that weren’t enough, it seats seven including the driver and can haul up to 1.5 tons of cargo. So essentially, if you’re stuck in the woods with just this thing, you’re not stuck in the woods.
Tough To Beat, Tough To Build
That said, though, there are one or two drawbacks, starting with the fact that each one of these beasts is actually a custom job. It takes two months to build them, and there are dozens of custom options available. Needless to say, that makes them rather expensive, even by the standards of Russian automotive construction, but if you need an 8×8 vehicle? You probably have the cash for it in the first place.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.