Off-road vehicles were born out of necessity in the late 30’s as the only way to reach remote areas without proper roads. In the early 40’s, the American government asked car manufacturers to design an all wheel drive vehicle the Army could use during WWII. Soon, the Jeep Willys became an icon in the American car industry. And it has served as the template for all off-road vehicles ever since.
Today, we are witness to the SUV craze. Although they may look like proper off-road vehicles, they are just road cars. They are at home on the pavement, but not on the muddy trail. However, there are still many off-road driving fans who enjoy driving through the wilderness.
The modern off-road movement is extremely strong nowadays. In fact, there are thousands of dedicated fans around the world who modify their vehicles beyond recognition. All these vehicles are extremely modified and only resemble their stock examples. Of course, the first thing to do when you want to build a capable off-road machine is to get a longer suspension and chassis.
Also, you need beefier springs and shocks, as well as other undercarriage components, too. The engine modifications are equally important since you need more power to climb up steep angles and run through the mud. Also, remember the differentials and transfer cases to transfer the power to the ground while keeping your vehicle in a steady climb. Next are the wheels and quality off-road tires, and you are ready to go.
Here is a clip showing the five most interesting off-road machines and their crazy performances. You will see successful passes on extreme terrain that looks impossible to drive over for most of us. You will see off-road crashes, too, since they are the part of the sport. So buckle up and enjoy the ride.