Sherp is an innovative yet ultimate off-road vehicle designed to meet the needs of adventure-loving customers. The Sherp company meant the ATV not only to take people off the road, but also to conquer the world. It does not matter where it goes. It works well on snow, sand and mud. In addition, it can even climb hills and mountains without difficulty.
Sherp ATVs can do just about anything off the road and drive across a frozen river, making it unique and different from other vehicles in several ways. Sherp created the ATV from two interconnected units that functioned as a single vehicle. It is a unique solution for different industries. It can transport bulky cargo, water, fuel or liquid to remote locations.
It can also deploy teams, crews and passengers in difficult conditions, expeditions or hard-to-reach areas. But sometimes the sherpa needs to climb over rocks – an ability that fascinates many people. The YouTube channel Far From Ordinary took up the challenge of getting a sherp to crawl over rocks at the famous Moab Trail in Utah, and showed Jeep cross-country skiers in the area how this rock crawling is done.
No steering wheel? No problem
Sherp is extremely unique – it has no steering wheel and suspension. For beginners in the terrain, this seems like bad news; they may see Sherp as not capable of handling rocky roads or rough terrain. But they can become interested when they learn how Sherp turns and handles the terrain.
Even if it does not have a steering axle – it is usually steered by the steering wheels – the Sherp can turn. It is very manoeuvrable and can even make turns sharper than most vehicles. This is because Sherp swings via cord control. This relies on two wheels on each side that are locked in sync and are driven independently by the other pair on the opposite side.
This is not how most vehicles make turns. The front wheels usually spin. In some cases, the rear wheels make the turn. But in Sherpen’s case, its system locks some wheels and twists the others. As the video shows, Sherp’s outer wheels turned while the inner ones rolled out – resulting in tank-like maneuverability.
Inflatable tires do the suspension trick
In the video, the Sherp ATV can crawl over massive rocks with its tires that look heavily emptied. However, drivers do not have to worry because it is part of the installation. Sherp wears a set of ultra-low pressure tubeless tires with a special tread pattern. Although the tires seem soft, they are reliable; they use high-quality materials (special composite rubber and cords) with advanced production technology.
The driver can adjust the amount of air in the tires with just the push of a button – even when the Sherp is in motion. The video shows Sherp having the ability to empty his tires. The good news for a vehicle like the Sherp is that these tires are perfect for rocky terrain. Even for Moab’s difficult mountain climbs, Sherp’s tire pumping / deflation system is its best weapon. Interestingly, it takes less than 30 seconds to reach the operating tire pressure when pumping – with exhaust gases.
Moab: A terrain for terrain enthusiasts
Thanks to its extensive network of trails, Moab, Utah has become a popular destination for off-roaders. It is the site of the annual Jeep Safari, a festival of off-road capable Jeeps. If a driver wants a great off-road challenge, Moab is the place to go. One of the rocky destinations in Moab is the Gold Bar Rim, which should test the creepiness of the Sherp ATV.
In the video, Sherp could easily drive through the rough and rocky roads. It is a tradition for visitors to the Gold Bar Rim to touch the toes of Gooney Bird Rock, and the Sherpa could do this with relative ease. But as the terrain became more difficult, with several three-foot rocks on the way, the Sherp ATV had a harder time crossing. Such difficulties are understandable because other off-road vehicles also had to muscle over these rocks.
Sherps can really crawl over rocks
Crossing or crawling over the cliffs of Moab depends on both the Sherp ATV’s ability and the driver’s driving ability. The driver had to adjust the support on the tires to ensure that the Sherp ATV can cover more terrain for better grip. After some adjustments by the driver, Sherp finally managed to get over the rocks, each with less difficulty.
As Far from Ordinary noted, the Sherp ATV looked like a giant tractor that went over shelves of rocks that even jeeps would have to take the time to get over. And yes, Sherp can crawl on rocks, and that’s what off-roaders need from their ATVs.
Source: Far From Ordinary on YouTube