TOYO tires has teamed up with Active Vehicle Engineering to roll out a tricked-up 1959 British Ferret 4x4 Military Scout.
Active Vehicle Engineering heavily modified the go-anywhere war rig so that it can overcome almost-impassable objects, as seen in the video.
The biggest mechanical upgrade is the addition of a Chevrolet LS engine in the rear to boost horsepower and give it increased off-road urge, while King Shocks underneath allow the Ferret to mount anything in its path.
The six huge Toyo Open Country M/T tyres are mounted on custom wheels, and two of the tyres are operated via hydraulic motors located on the inside.
The Toyo muddies are designed specifically for soft off-road terrain, with a robust construction to limit sidewall damage and punctures – the perfect companion for a tailor-made off-road juggernaut like the Ferret.
In this video showcasing the talents of Toyo’s M/T tyres, the Ferret, piloted by BJ Baldwin – seven-time American off-road racing champion and driver of the #97 Monster Energy Trophy Truck – conquers fallen logs, water crossings, steep climbs and jagged rocks.
A fancy addition is a custom-built launcher with a grappling hook, which is attached to the winch cable. The video displays the hook in action getting the Ferret out of strife, though we’re still dubious as to how effective it actually is.
We’ve asked Toyo for a drive and we’re still waiting to see if and when that’s possible. Stay tuned to 4X4 Australia and we’ll let you know if it’s happening. We damn well hope so!