Russian Sherp ATV: A perfect vehicle for the post-apocalypse

The RBTH team meets one of the first owners of the cross-country vehicle, which Jalopnik analysts have already named the best in the universe. 


"My goal is to go places where no man has gone before," says Gerasim Dorogin, a businessman from Moscow and one of the first owners of the Sherp ATV. According to Gerasim, the foreign cars he owned before the Sherp couldn’t cope with the obstacles of the Russian off-road and couldn’t handle severe frost. “Now I can spend the night anywhere I want. There are two heaters in the car, so the Russian subzero climate is no longer a problem for me. You can also set up a ‘field kitchen’ in the Sherp,” adds Gerasim.

This cross-country vehicle is the brainchild of St. Petersburg engineer Alexei Garagashyan and has already conquered the critics of JalopnicTop Gear, The Verge, Business Insider and The Daily Mail. Garagashyan told RBTH that the off-roader features low pressure tubeless tires and a special tire inflation system that makes it easy to overcome obstacles of any complexity.

“The vehicle moves effortlessly from water to ice and overcomes barriers 70 cm (27,5 inches) high, be it rocks or fallen trees. The ATV was created for Russia’s wide open spaces and is perfect for countries with a similar climate,” says the constructor.

Sherp CEO Sergei Samohvalov told RBTH that orders for the terrain vehicle were booked for two months ahead. Most clients are from Russia, but there are also orders from the US and Canada.

  • Engine: 1.5 liter diesel
  • Max. speed: 45 km/h (28 mph) on land, 6 km/h (3,7 mph) in water
  • Weight: 1300 kg (2860 pounds) with carrying capacity of 1000 kg (2200 pounds)
  • Fuel tank: 60 liters (optional two cans inside the vehicle and inside the wheels, giving an extra 200 liters)
  • Consumption: 3 liters/hour

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