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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Zipping Ice-scapades

The Inuit are indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Canada, Greenland, and Alaska. They generally traverse the vast expanses of icy terrains using qamutik or dog sleds. Life for these folks is pretty tough considering the sub-zero conditions they live in. Anyways, life is also about adapting and adjusting to what you got. “Trakomatik” is an extreme condition snow & ice vehicle that looks at making this adjustment more comfy, zippy and safe; considering the harsh ice track limitations.

Designed as a four-sided unibody sled, the vehicle is propelled by a three-sided treaded drivetrain system, allowing the entire unit to rotate and tumble while in full motion. Thanks to this feature you get 360 degrees of drivability and a smooth ride off-track. The flip side to this design is that driver or pilot will have to undergo intense training to manage the vehicle safely.

The sled consists of a shock absorbent capsule that rotates independently, ensuring that the pilot remains in an upright position at all times.

In case you were wondering how the term Trakomatik was coined, here’s the break-up:

A continuous treaded band used to propel a vehicle in off-road environments.

A traditional, low slung Inuit dog sled


Designer: Julien Bilodeau


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