10 Extreme Weather Vehicles for Dominating the Snow and Ice

From a leaning snowmobile to a high-riding
snow plow we bring you 10 innovative snow vehicles and snowmobiles. Number Ten Many inventors throughout history have been
called crazy. This is especially true for those who don’t
follow the status quo. So it was no surprise that heads were shaking
when Wes Melcher, a design engineer from Arizona, showcased his latest snowmobiles at the Snowmobile
USA Show in Michigan. Melcher said that he could forever change
the way snowmobiles handle, in powder and on the trail. The Wesll Leaning system relies on a high-tech
electronic and hydraulic system that takes feedback from a control box located on the
top of the steering post. What’s more, the Wesll system uses 5-foot
long carbon fiber skis that have titanium edges running down both sides – there are
no carbide runners or, for that matter, even any keel on the tabletop-flat skis. Instead, the skis tilt at dramatic angles
when the front suspension dives, and the skis carve like when a downhill skier uses the
edges of his or her skis to turn. After seeing this thing I’ll be the first
to say “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”… Number Nine To build his high-riding snow plow, Colorado
welder Rex Bailey mounted tires from an agricultural sprayer onto an old Dodge 3500 Cummins diesel
pickup truck and used a commercial plasma cutter to create spokes, axle mounts and the
truck’s rear end. The Yeti’s 76 inch high tractor tires are
mounted on Unimog portal axles and allow for driving through snow up to 3 foot deep. I think it’s safe to say that there’s not
much getting in the way of this snow plow. Bailey estimated his total build time at 2600
hours and I’m starting to think this guy really hated shoveling snow off of his sidewalk. Number Eight Built by GHE-O Motors, a Romanian company,
the Rescue is an 11-passenger utility truck with remarkable off-road capabilities. This truck is 17 feet long and nearly 9 feet
wide. Powered by either a 500 horsepower gas engine
or a 300 horsepower diesel motor this 4×4 can take you across rivers, through snow,
climb steep embankments, and even navigate deep water with inflatable tire attachments. The truck can be outfitted as an ambulance
or it can carry water and serve as a fire truck. When set up to fight fires the 3.2 ton Rescue
can transport nearly 200 gallons of water along with all the pumps and hoses that a
firefighter would need to combat a forest fire. I’d feel safe knowing this ambulance is the
kind of thing coming to save me in an emergency. Number Seven Looking like a mix between a snowmobile, a
dog sled and a miniature World War I tank, Yvon Martel’s electric creation is nothing
if not versatile. Known as the MTT-136, this French Canadian
all-terrain, all-electric pulling device is one of those enigmatic all-purpose machines
whose appeal extends well beyond a certain backwoods demographic. Depending on the battery system selected,
Martel’s electric sled is reported to deliver a range of somewhere between 45 and 137 miles. The MTT-136, short for “My Track Technology”,
weighs in at around at 280 lbs and can reach speeds of 24 miles per hour on open ground. According to the designer, the electrified
sled has a recharge time of anywhere between 15 minutes and eight hours, again, depending
on the selected battery arrangement. The MTT-136’s low center of gravity, copious
amounts of immediately accessible electric torque and the 136-inch caterpillar tread
system gives the sled Swiss Army knife-like capabilities, but in a more substantial casing. Capable of pulling a number of different hauling
and passenger units, the sled’s steering and power is managed by the rider through
a modified handlebar system. The sled’s electric system also doubles
as a portable electric generator. A hidden plug-in port on the side of the sled
allows users access to a 110 volt system that can be used to power electric tools, lighting,
and recharging other devices. Currently the MTT-136 is a working prototype,
but the Quebec inventor is actively looking for investors to further develop and manufacture
the product. So if you’ve got a few extra bucks laying
around feel free to give him a call. I’m Allie, and it’s Minds Eye Trivia time. By looking at just these images, do you know
what this is and where it’s from? Leave the correct answer or your best guess
in the comment section below. Number Six Designed to give kids and small adults a comfortable
vantage point from which to enjoy a ride in the snow, the Equinox 685 Snowcoach is an
enclosed trailer that rides on shock absorbed skis, and can be towed by a snowmobile or
ATV. Constructed of rotational-molded polyethylene,
the craft’s streamlined hull has eight windows—four front, two side, and two top—and two side
doors that swing open for easy entry and exit. Its smooth ride and plentiful windows allow
those within to snap pictures of winter’s beauty while remaining comfortably nestled
and safely restrained inside on two cushioned, belted seats. Brake and running lights and reflectors maintain
the craft’s high visibility on tree-lined trails and open snowfields. Number Five Wisconsin’s Madeline Island is one of the
Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. But toward the beginning & end of winter,
ice is either forming or thinning on the 2.5-mile stretch of Lake Superior which causes conditions
too perilous for boats or driving. The Ice Angel windsled, a fan-powered, 22-passenger
vehicle that glides across the ice but won’t sink or capsize in water, can make the trip
in about 4 minutes. Although there’s an ice road that Madeline
Island’s residents can drive cars over, many still use the Ice Angel as they find it safer. Number Four Developed by Howe and Howe Technologies, the
Ripchair is a high-powered treaded wheelchair that provides off-road access to anyone. The Ripchair has a 27 horsepower engine and
features a ramp design that allows users to attach most powered or manual wheelchair designs. Each Ripchair is completely customizable,
from hand controls to extras such as cup holders, gun racks, fishing rod holders and storage
compartments. A click through the videos on the company
website shows that when it comes to adaptive off-road ability, the Ripchair is in a league
all its own. This allows it to handle marsh, sand, snow
and mud; and in the process go up, down and across slopes as steep as 60 percent Howe says the price is at a nonprofit “break
even point” for the company. But if you ask me the good that comes from
it all is profit enough. Number Three Joseph-Armand Bombardier started building
his first creation when he was a teenager…in 1922. It was an open concept sled with a Ford Model
T engine pushing a propeller in the back. Legend has it that his father was concerned
with his safety and ordered its destruction. Bombardier did not quit his dream of building
passenger snowmobiles though, and in 1937 he started production of the B7 fully enclosed
snowmobile which eventually transformed into the commercially successful B12 and later
R12 models. Bombardier eventually went on to be a household
name for his inventions. You might have heard of them by their more
modern names, the Ski-Doo & Sea-Doo… Number Two Whether they’re on wheels or snow treads,
the French gearheads at Lazareth have a thing for infusing their creations with a bit of
Italian flair. This extreme snowmobile has 250 horsepower
and is an evolution of the Wazuma R1. It is a snowmobile/quadracycle hybrid which
features a snow kit that fits in to the place of the original wheels. And once you ride this you will be ready to
face the cold and the snow in places where the landscape is not the only thing to take
your breath away. Number One The Concept Ice Vehicle or CIV was a bio-fuelled,
propeller-powered vehicle that was developed for the Andrew Regan / Andrew Moon bid to
cross the Antarctic in 2009. The Expedition was rescheduled to November
2010 and the Ice Vehicle was re-engineered and renamed the Winston Wong Bio-Inspired
Ice Vehicle. The Expedition had several key objectives:
to show that the right motorized vehicles can operate successfully and efficiently in
the Antarctic, to successfully complete a transantarctic crossing and to help researchers
at Imperial College London gather useful data on vehicle emissions, the performance of biofuels
and human performance under extreme conditions. The expedition’s lead vehicle ran completely
on E85 ethanol fuel. The successful completion of the expedition
confirmed that bio-fuels can perform well under the most extreme temperature conditions,
expanding the potential uses for this form of renewable energy. Hi everyone, if you enjoyed this video, leave
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