Polaris Industries unveiled their new ATV equipped with airless tires so tough they can soak up .50-caliber rounds and keep on truckin’.
Polaris, a company that specializes in snowmobile and ATV manufacturing, has more than a little experience creating ruggedized vehicles. And their Sportsman WV850 ATV equipped with airless TerrainArmor tires is no exception, The Verge reports.
If a 1,500-pound tow capacity and 3,500-pound winch doesn’t get your gears turning, then the super durable tires that can soak up a .50-caliber round and still travel 350 miles most likely will. In case you encounter a railroad spike instead, don’t worry, you can still keep rolling for 1,000 miles.
The TerrainArmor tires, originally designed by Wisconsin-based startup Resilient Technologies, incorporate a honeycomb core encapsulated by thick rubber tread.
But the Polaris Sportsman WV850 ATV doesn’t come cheap. With a starting price of $14,999, I’d be sure to avoid .50-caliber sniper rounds and railroad spikes, even if the tires can take it.
[ The Verge ]