• Feb 13, 2010
Russian strap-on tank treads – Click above to watch video

If you're Ken Block, you replace the four wheels on your Subaru with a set of Mattracks. If you're an enterprising inventor in Chelyabinsk, Russia with leftover tread assemblies from what looks like construction machinery, you make this... doohickey. Whatever rested on the treads before was removed, and in its place a car has been fitted. The video first shows a car driving onto the treads with its wheels still on, and while our Russian isn't what it used to be we can't imagine how that could work. Follow the jump to see the thing in action. And for those of you enduring the East Coast winter, shipping is available...

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That old guy is sooooo gangster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess you can't argue that they're built like tanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty cool, and certainly a unique driving experience. It looks like they take the driveshaft off the rear diff of the donor car and attach it to the diff on the "tracker". Braking and turning seems to be accomplished by the big disc brakes shown in the still used in the video. It's a lot like a farm tractor; it has an open diff with individual wheel brakes. Brake the left brake and the left side slows and you turn left, and so on. Someone here ought to try that with a Chrysler 300 with a Hemi. It might need wheely bars!
      • 4 Years Ago
      ummmm....awesome. I can't believe how nimble that thing looks assuming that it's just being driven by the car's stock powertrain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So when is Russian Ron Jeremy going to introduce the double-sided version?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just want one of those.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great, now you can go hunting and fishing in the comfort of your own car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, that's the 7-yrs old project. The first mention is here and it's october 2003:
      http://chelyabinsk.rfn.ru/rnews.html?id=2065
      And, yes, they produce few thousand every year now.
      But anyway, thanks for your attention ;) From Russia, with love..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tank conversion... I thought it was a turret on the roof.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another Salvage title...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want one for use in San Francisco such that my car don't suffer from pot-holes and idiots who scratch other people's cars while parking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      vehicle power-train is adapted to the chassis, including brakes and steering, it can even turn around standing still.

      Oh it is only available for rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive vehicles for now...

      Hm... maybe I should open their store in the US :D
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