Most truck mods are completed with efficiency and practicality in mind. When you're trying to conquer difficult terrain and get the most out of a vehicle, it's natural to want to push the automobile to its limits. However, a recent redesign of a vehicle in Romania has created an off-road machine that was made for a higher purpose. Called the Ghe-O Rescue, this vehicle was created to be an off-road fire and rescue truck, and it certainly sets the bar high for safety vehicles.
About the vehicle
Unveiled at the Bucharest Auto Show, the Ghe-O Rescue looks like a hybrid between a Jeep Wrangler and a Hummer. However, it's almost 3 feet longer and 2 feet wider than a typical Hummer H1, yet at the same time it weighs about 500 pounds less, AutoBlog reported.
The unique design needs a special engine and frame for support. It's got lockable axles, excellent ground clearance and even additional layers of protection that guard what's under the hood from electromagnetic or water damage. On top of all that, the Ghe-O Rescue boasts inflatable tire-mounted pillows that will allow it to float as well as water pumps that are designed to put out fires. Investors can also choose between a gas engine that produces between 340 and 500 horsepower and a diesel engine with an output of 218 to 204 horsepower, the news source reported.
With the ability to carry 11 passengers plus safety equipment and cargo, the Ghe-O Rescue is more than capable of serving as an emergency response vehicle.
The need for safety
While the off-road vehicle is undoubtedly a cool creation, perhaps the most important aspect of it is that it is designed with safety in mind. You can make all of the intense truck modifications you want, but if trouble arises, you may find yourself in need of help. It takes intense machines to serve the public in these situations, which makes vehicles like the Ghe-O Rescue a necessary investment.
An off-roading tradition
When you think of off-road driving, Romania may not be the first place that springs to mind. However, the country is home to miles and miles of open space that is ideal for exploring with an off-road vehicle. The land is subject to many different kinds of inclement weather and rough conditions - hence all of the special features on the Ghe-O Rescue.
While there's no off-road vehicle quite like the Ghe-O Rescue yet in the U.S., this could be the beginning of high-performing safety automobiles.