An off road wheelchair has been designed by Howe and Howe Technologies, famous for the Ripsaw tracked vehicle that enables the great outdoors to be accessible to everyone. The Ripchair 3.0 is a commercially available version of their previous mark II Ripchair. The Ripchair is a bigger beast than the nearest competitor the Tomahawk, enabling more stability, speed and add-on accessories.
Built in a sturdy lightweight tubular design with a 10-inch clearance it can cope with extreme terrain and the 27 HP petrol powered engine is able to climb up to 60% graded hills. It measures in at 49in long by 61in wide and 70in high. The Ripchair 3 still runs on tracks like a tank but now comes in two designs;
One has a ramp that enables a customer’s own wheelchair to be backed in then locked safely into place allowing either chair to be used throughout the adventure as required, so once a destination has been reached simple unlock from the Ripchair and you can still enter a restaurant or services. Not sure if you’d want to dismount though, it looks like to much fun.
The second design has a built in seat that manoeuvres out and down for easy mounting although you might have to wait for your mates to give it back. Once aboard the Ripchair provides easy control with left and right hydrostatic drive steering arms it also has tow hitches and optional extras like cup holders, phone clamp, plus recreational add-ons for hunting, fishing etc and personalised lighting packages.
To check it out in action ..