Concept trucks are a cross between a designer’s imagination and the “real world” vehicles available today. Extreme truck concepts not only show us the design possibilities of the future, they allow us to dream big while taking us on a journey to places never before seen. These 10 Extreme Truck Concepts can take you to uncharted territory. Where would you like to go?
LOCAL MOTOR MID-ENGINE CONCEPT TRUCK
The Local Motor mid-engine concept truck is straight out of Mad Max, but intended to carry sports gear – such as a Jet-Ski or mountain bikes – through passages in rough routes. The design aims toward sport-oriented usage in Europe and U.S markets. The LM extreme concept truck proposal was created by young Iranian graduates in Industrial and Transportation Design studies, and was displayed at an exhibition titled “From Dream to Reality” at the Kamal Aldin Behzad Gallery in Teheran, Iran.
HUMMER HX CONCEPT TRUCK
Small. Nimble. Modular. These are adjectives that would never have been used to describe Hummers. The Wrangler-competitor in concept form, the Hummer HX Concept is complete with a 3.6-liter SIDI E85 FlexFuel engine which sends power to all four wheels via a six-speed auto ‘box. The HX is technically a convertible, meaning that the roof panels and modular rear can open or be stowed, while the interior instruments can be reconfigured depending on the type of driving you’ll be doing.
FORD BRONCO CONCEPT TRUCK
The Ford Bronco concept truck was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, and this concept version of Ford’s pioneering 1960s sport utility vehicle retains the original Bronco’s authentic, no-nonsense design. For a more open-air ride, the Bronco concept’s roof is made up of two separate sections, the rear portion of which can be removed. Roll bar accents can then be attached for a look that recalls a Baja racer or the customized “Baja Broncos” Ford offered in the 1970s. Adding to the Bronco concept’s power is a nitrous oxide “boost,” similar to the power enhancement function of traditional hot rods. At the press of a button, a blast of nitrous oxide is injected into the engine. During combustion, the gas is broken down into nitrogen and oxygen, allowing more fuel to burn.
JEEP HURRICANE CONCEPT
The Jeep Hurricane is one of the most maneuverable, most capable and most powerful 4×4 ever built. It pays homage to the extreme enthusiasts’ Jeep vehicles in form and off-road capability, but is a unique interpretation of Jeep design. Simply stated, it is the extreme example for the Jeep brand.
Saying the Hurricane has powerful powertrain performance is an understatement, considering the Hurricane is not just HEMI-equipped, but HEMI-squared. There are two 5.7 liter HEMI engines in the vehicle: one in the front and one in the back. Both engines deliver 335 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque – a total of 670 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque.
VOLKSWAGON VW CONCEPT “T”
Presented at the North American International Auto Show, the concept T is a crossover vehicle blending a high-capability off-roader with a sports car. With this automobile, VW aimed at exploring a possible off-road coupe segment. The VW Concept T is powered by a 177 kW / 241 hp V6 engine coupled with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox (Tiptronic). This concept vehicle accelerates to 100 km/h (62.5 mph) in 6.9 seconds with a top speed electronically limited to 230 km/h (144 mph).
HUMMER HB CONCEPT TRUCK
Have you ever wondered what the Hummer of the future might have looked like? One thing is for sure, it needs to be smaller and more fuel efficient. This is why Andrus Ciprian designed the HB concept – an extreme off-road vehicle with almost no front or rear overhangs, and massive wheels and tires for tackling almost any surface.
The Hummer HB Concept Truck features an all-aluminum chassis, with carbon fiber being the main material for the body. It is powered by a V6 engine which is biofuel capable. Power is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
FORD SUPER CHIEF CONCEPT TRUCK
Ford’s Super Chief truck, introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, is a concept truck with the same basic lines you’ll see on Ford F-Series pickups. A quick look under the hood is all it takes to see one major difference between production trucks and the Super Chief — a supercharged V-10 engine that can run on gas, E85 or hydrogen (and go 500 miles between fill-ups).
2010 SHADOW HAWK STV CONCEPT TRUCK
The Shadow Hawk Super Terrain Vehicle (STV) was designed as a combination between a highly versatile off-road performance machine, luxury limousine and armored truck. The Shadow Hawk STV is capable of producing 1,100 horsepower of off road luxury, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 208 mph.
MERCEDES BENZ HEXAWHEEL CONCEPT TRUCK
There’s just something sexy about taking a Mercedes off-road. Can you really get much better than piloting a G-Class through the jungle or over a bit of mountainous terrain? But alas, there are still some places the G-Class can’t take you, and for those places, Iranian engineer Siyamak Rouhi Dehkordi has the answer. He’s created a design study he’s calling the Mercedes-Benz Hexawheel Concept Truck, and with it, he’s introducing a concept he believes will offer a much improved and much more extreme level of off-road driving.
MAN S TRUCK CONCEPT
A lot of attention has been put on passenger car emissions lately, leaving larger vehicles to essentially skate by unscathed. However, the other shoe is about to drop, with tougher regulations now being formulated for the heavy-duty vehicles of the world.
Truck maker MAN is trying to stay ahead of the curve with an all-new concept which debuted in 2010. Dubbed the MAN Concept S, the design concept represents a major step forward in big rig fuel economy.
Although MAN didn’t outline the Concept S’ powertrain, the truck maker says the rig’s aerodynamic shape can cut fuel consumption – and thereby emissions – by 25 percent. Given that most tractor trailers average between 5 and 6 mpg, that translates to as much as a 1.5mpg increase.