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  • Feb 18th 2014 at 12:31PM
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Quebec may not be the first place that comes to mind when it comes to building motorized vehicles, particularly in comparison to its neighboring province of Ontario. But French Canada has given us some rather interesting modes of transportation, from the Bombardier Ski-Doo and Can-Am Spyder to the Campagna T-Rex and Magnum MK5. But this latest invention, well, we're not quite sure what to call it.

Developed by Québécois inventor Yvon Martel, it's called the MTT-136. Those letters awkwardly stand for My Track Technology, and they adorn a design best described as an electric tracked locomotive tractor sled thingy. The idea itself is pretty simple: put an electric motor and battery pack inside an aluminum box powering a tread going around its circumference and throw a handlebar on one end. And that's pretty much all there is to it.

As you can see from the impressive video below, this personal tank has a variety of applications, from pulling a sled through the snow and giving a beached car a push to pulling logs through the woods... pretty much everything but make poutine, choreograph for Cirque du Soleil or play power forward for Les Canadiens. It'll go just about anywhere, even when there isn't any snow, and it's even got an auxiliary outlet for powering other equipment like chainsaws and such. The whole thing is said to weigh just 280 pounds, and depending on what kind of battery is fitted, it can could schlepp you along for anywhere from 28 to 130 miles on a charge time ranging from 15 minutes to 8 hours.

Martel is currently looking for manufacturing partners and distributors, but it wouldn't be hard to imagine all sorts of applications and potential customers – including the military – for this work tool and awesome plaything. Check it out below.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      That looks soo friggin awesome, because it's such a simple idea that works.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy s*** thats cool.... Good for you maker guy
      J W
      • 1 Year Ago
      The youtube crash videos for this will be epic! Please produce this in mass quantities!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shut up and take my money!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome design! The cheesy music masked the sound - or lack of sound - produced by the vehicle. I bet it is so much quieter than a comparable ICE powered competitor like a snow mobile. Endless possibilities with it. Hope they get funding to get it built and distributed.
      John Hansen
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a snowmobile without a seat, handlebars, or steering. It is, however, electric. I'd be happy to own an electric snowmobile.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Hansen
        No - it's actually just like the original snowmobiles, circa 1965: http://i.imgur.com/43SLMHg.jpg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Hansen
        I am sure making an electric snowmobile is no issue. Giving it enough battery might be an issue. It would be a blast though, likely faster than any gas powered ones.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          I understand electric motors are great for torque but why must enthusiasts always have high performance expectations for electric vehicles?! I'd like to see more people focus on electric range, even with mediocre or sub-par acceleration. Are modern gas-powered snowmobiles really lacking in performance? What would be more impressive -- accelerating a split-second faster or getting huge electric range on a cheap charge?
          • 1 Year Ago
          I was on the highway the other day and a snowmobile on a trail was pacing me and proceeded to pass me...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks marginally safer than lawn darts.
        • 1 Year Ago
        ...but you haven't seen the model with 3" sharpened titanium tread spikes!
      Alfonso T. Alvarez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hate to hit a tree stump hidden in the snow - head over heels into the tread ....
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's cool.
      Scott Schwab
      • 8 Months Ago

      They forgot to mention the millions of ice fisherman right there in the area, Minn, Ill, Great Lakes, etc. Great tool to have for a lot of uses. I hope it gets made and the price is cheaper than a snowmobile/ATV.  I'd realistically pay $1000, maybe $2k. But I'm sure it'll be extremely over-priced at $10k+ and not get the sales something like that needs to become a product every home has. 

      Enzo Pomares
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dogs are now completely obsolete
      • 1 Year Ago
      It could also be used as an off road treadmill...
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