• Nov 28, 2010
Oshkosh Extreme Racing Light Concept Vehicle (LCV) – Click above for high-res image gallery, follow the jump for video

Yep, that's a diesel hybrid Light Concept Vehicle (LCV) from the Oshkosh Extreme Racing team competing in the 43rd running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. "Light" in this case is relative, of course. Oshkosh builds a large variety of bigger machines, ranging from fire trucks to rigs capable of hauling up to 70 tons.

Now, the Oshkosh outfit didn't win the event. In fact, only one of its two entries finished, and it was six and a half hours too late to be scored. It was, though, an opportunity to see how Oshkosh's ProPulse hybrid system would hold up to the rigors of off-road abuse. In that department the race was a success.

According to the Oshkosh, the hybrid system uses a diesel engine to send power to a generator which, in turn, directly powers the wheels (Though not stated, we imagine there's an electric motor involved for each set of wheels.) In place of batteries, the setup relies on ultracapacitors to store and deliver energy. The arrangement is said to reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent thanks to the elimination of components such as the torque converter, automatic transmission, transfer case and driveshafts. To get a better look at this beast, check out the gallery below or the video of it in action after the break.



[Source: Oshkosh Corporation via Green Car Congress]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      That thing soaks up the bumps quite well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I need seat belts for my computer chair. The body sway and suspension undulations were spectacular!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new Caterpillar bulldozers work the same way, diesel generator supplying electric motors to save fuel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Many types of HEAVY equipment (Ultra Class) has been using a form of this set up for years. Surprised it hasn't been tried on a large road/off road vehicle before now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        thats also how diesel electric trains work
      • 4 Years Ago
      i drove this in the 1000. the body roll doesn't feel too bad from inside the vehicle. it has active suspension that keep the body from rolling to the point that the vehicle feel out of control. we had some of the power pulled out of the vehicle because it was more of a testing race for oshkosh. we just wanted to complete every mile of the race to put the vehicle threw its paces. it is driven by two electric motors mounted in the back of the vehicle, if you look at the pictures you will see them next to the spare tire. all in all a very impressive vehicle, i hope our military will get to use it to help save lives.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did you take it off any sweet jumps?
        • 4 Years Ago
        no jumps, main objective was to run the coarse as hard as we could with out breaking the vehicle. i would have jumped it and landed fine. 16000 lbs and great active suspension would have held it up with out any problems. i did not even ware a neck brace or kidney belt on this race. very nice to drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So how much does it weigh?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the truck, but the video was painfully boring. If this truck is built to run Baja, they should put at least one jump in the promo video...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, so the "Oshkosh Racing Team" might have to fine-tune the speed part of the mission (6 hours late?!). However, park all the Baja 1000 entrants next to an IED and I'm guessing the LCV would have ended up spraying the champagne in the winner's circle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing looks cool from the A pillar forward.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, this thing is so cool. I'd love to drive one around for a day.

      Oh, and Raptor vs. Oshkosh. My vote is for the Raptor for speed, this for outright terrain punishment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yes this is fun to drive and yes the m-atv mrap has replaced the "hummer"
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