While the most important pieces of equipment on the jobsite are definitely the machines moving all the dirt, a lot of contractors need a vehicle that allows them to move across that dirt, especially on larger jobsites. The typical solution to that problem is either driving around in your pickup or investing in a UTV. And as we saw with John Deere’s “Midnight Black” special edition of the Gator, UTVs can be as tame or as sinister as you need them to be.
The UTV in the video below isn’t very practical. It doesn’t have room for cargo or a passenger for that matter. But where it lacks in practicality, it makes up for in spades in awesomeness.
It’s called The Ziesel and its maker, Mattro Mobility Revolutions, calls it an off-road driving machine. The first time you see it it looks like someone combined a wheelchair and a tank and strapped a seat to it.
But when you see it in action, the better comparison is a go-kart with tracks. But The Ziesel is a bit more complicated than a go-kart. For starters, it’s fully electric, powered by an intelligent lithium-ion battery and high-performance motors. It also features a double-suspension arm chassis and four-season rubber tracks with low ground pressure. The hand-made vehicle is controlled by joysticks and has a top speed of 22 miles per hour. Most impressively, the Ziesel creates 368 foot-pounds of torque—as much as many half-ton trucks.
All of that doesn’t come cheap. Ziesel models run anywhere from $28,000 to $36,000. Don’t miss the video below.
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Editor’s Note: Wayne Grayson is the online editor for sister magazine Equipment World.