Media Preview : Force Gurkha RFC Vehicles

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Force Motors recently invited us for a media preview of their 2014 and 2015 Rain Forest Challenge Winning Gurkha vehicles and boy we were impressed with the go-anywhere capability of these monsters. The vehicles included the 2014 and 2015 Gurkha all prepped up for the Rain Forest Challenge. Also, these were the same vehicles which won the challenge for both the years since its inception in India.

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Firstly, we got a chance to ride shotgun in the 2015 model Gurkha around the challenging off-road track built in their factory premises at Akurdi Pune. With such huge tyres and ground clearance, the vehicle cleared any obstacle thrown at it without any hiccup. The track had a huge ditch at the start followed by a steep elevation. The 320 Nm of torque was put to good use.

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At a later stage, we were briefed about the differences between the 2014 and 2015 model which participated in the challenge. You can check the differences below.

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Post lunch, we got a chance to drive the 2014 model inside the factory premises. With the raised ride height, newbies to off-roading like me can easily topple this vehicle. These vehicles need to be driven by experienced drivers. Also for comparison, we drove the stock Force Gurkha and understood how badass the RFC prepped vehicle is.

S NoParticularsRFCRFC
20142015
1EngineTD 2200 CRDI (from Force Traveller BS IV and Force One) developingTD 2200 CRDI (from Force Traveller BS IV and Force One) developing
140 BHP / 104 KW at 3800 rpm                                                 320 Nm torque at 1600 – 2400 rpm140 BHP / 104 KW at 3800 rpm                                           320 Nm torque at 1600 – 2400 rpm
2Gear BoxG 32/5B (from Traveller BS IV and Force One)G 32/5B (from Traveller BS IV and Force One)
3Tyres33 X 10.50 X 16 Silverstone extreme37 X 12.50 X 16 Maxxis Trepador Bias
4Front AxleDana 44  Front ( custom made by FML for RFC application with 30 splines shafts from Talbros)Dana 60 Front (custom made by FML for RFC application with 35 splines shafts from RCV Axles USA)
5Rear AxleDana 44  (from force one) custom altered by FML for RFC applicationDana 60 Rear custom made by FML for RFC application with 35 splines shafts
6Diff LockersSelectable (open / locked)Eaton E Lockers ( for 30 Splines Shafts)Selectable (open / locked) Eaton E Lockers (for 35 Splines Shafts)
7Front SuspensionSOA (Spring over Axles) Leaf Spring setup with missing link shackles with 12 inch travel Gas shocks3 Link front with Pan hard and 2.5 inch Dia Dual coil over shocks with reservoir of 14 inch travel (36 inch Extended Length&22 inch Collapsed Length)
8Rear SuspensionSOA (Spring over Axles) Leaf Spring setup with 12 inch travel Gas shocks4 Link double triangulated with 2.5 inch Dia Dual coil over shocks with reservoir of 14 inch travel (36 inch Extended Length&22 inch Collapsed Length)
9SteeringFull Hydraulic steering kit adapted from Force Balwan range of TractorFull Hydraulic steering kit adapted from Force Balwan range of Tractor
10Top speedLimited to 100 KmphLimited to 100 Kmph
11Max GradeabilityMax 45 deg 60 deg
12Ground Clearance240mm290mm
13Max side  Gradient /Roll over angle30 Deg30 Deg
14Approach Angle50 deg88 deg
15Departure Angle44 deg58 deg
16Water Wading capability1000 mm1100 mm
17Articulation capability12 inch suspension Travel , 19 inch wheel travel and 36 inch ramp travel index (RTI)14 inch suspension travel 24 inch wheel travel and 42 inch Ramp travel index (RTI)

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