Farmers in the market for a diesel farm buggy now have another name to add to their potential shopping list – Mudrat. Designed specifically to tackle the UK’s challenging conditions, the Welsh-built Mudrat has been given an 800cc Perkins diesel engine, a CVT transmission and a tipping rear load deck that can carry 300kg. Max power is a fairly steady 20.4hp, but that’s enough for it to haul around an 800kg braked trailer and propel it to a top speed of 40kph.
To slow it back down again Mudrat has fitted hydraulic disc brakes on all four corners and made sure it has engine braking to stop it running away on steep hillsides.It has switchable two- and four-wheel drive, too, as well as long-travel independent suspension that gives it 28cm of ground clearance. Because the buggy has been purpose-built for the UK market it also comes with [...]
The diesel-powered MUDRAT 800D, built in Bridgend, has been described as an ‘ATV on steroids’. A ground-breaking ATV hybrid built in Wales is being launched this weekend by a business tycoon who made his fortune with off-road running shoes. The diesel-powered MUDRAT 800D, likened to a “quad on steroids”, was conceived by Wayne Edy, a Zimbabwe-born businessman whose Inov-8 brand now sells sports footwear in 65 countries.
It was developed over 18 months on his commercial deer farm near Llantrithyd, in the Vale of Glamorgan, and is being assembled in an industrial unit in Bridgend. The right-hand-drive MUDRAT is being marketed as a British-made innovation that is set to revolutionise the way farmers go about their business on uneven terrain. Designed for high ground-clearance, with an 800cc Perkins engine and front-mounted [...]