You Can Assemble the World’s First Flatpack Truck in 12 Hours, Just Like an Ikea Bookshelf

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From directly below your backside the clatter of the Ford Transit engine courses into the cabin. But it’s not ridiculously loud. Certainly not considering that there’s no added sound insulation at all. You can thank the intrinsic absorbency of the wooden-composite construction.

I’m driving the prototype with a six-speed box, standard from European Transits. The OX team has now found a five-speed from the Chinese version, and it’ll make more sense because you will never need sixth. The shifts are heavy and imprecise, and the steering heavy. You bounce around on the sweaty plastic of the zero-support seat.

But you know what? It’s fun. It just romps along, pretty well unstoppably, and feels uncannily stable. Ground clearance and approach angle are extraordinary.

Murray is especially proud of the ride. It doesn’t have that exhausting and destructive shudder of trucks with heavy live axles. Which means this will be great for transporting sensitive medical equipment, or even patients as an ambulance. Never mind 10 people on simple hard benches in the rear.

The side exhaust and under-seat air intake are well-protected, and they mean the wading ability is a belly-button-deep 1,300mm. “We tried going deeper but it floated,” says Murray.

Having three separate windscreens means they can be swapped. If in a remote place the driver’s gets smashed by a rock, he can borrow a passenger’s.