ESARCO Vehicles

Developed in the early eighties, Esarco produced a number of all terrain vehicles for civilian and military applications

Developed in the early eighties, Esarco developed a range of all-terrain vehicles for the military and civilian market.

The 8×8 vehicles used Land Rover 110 components, and when driving on road, the second transfer case was uncoupled and the vehicle became an 8×4.  The basic vehicle could cross a 1m gap, tackle 60% slopes, wade to 800mm, and travel at 60mph on roads.

The payload was a tonne and it could tow a three-tonne trailer.

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With a fold-down cab, it was designed for Chinook carriage, two per helicopter.

Eight could be carried inside a C130, it could be airdropped and a Chinook could sling load two.

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ESARCO Rapir

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ESARCO Variants

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The US company, Stewart and Stevenson, eventually developed the vehicle under licence, called the SS300.

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In the UK, the MWG group also purchased the design rights and developed it further into the Heavy Use Global Operation (HUGO) All-Terrain Vehicle. The Hugo 8×8 could carry a payload weighing 2 Tonnes, had a crew cab and diesel engine. A 6×6 version was also developed for Portugal.

Both were said to be highly mobile, yet very stable.

The first, and only, production model, entered service with Oil Spill Response.

HUGO 8x8

Change Date Change Record
 01/03/2017 Initial issue
09/09/2020 Minor update
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February 20, 2017 9:55 am

It looks like an oversized two-seat 6×6 ATV. The wheel travel is ugly short.

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