A Startup Just Unveiled a Fabric-Body Off-Roader and I Have Lots of Questions

A Startup Unveils a Fabric-Body Off-Roader and I Have Lots of Questions

image: Ferring

how do we feel Cars with Fabric Body? I ask because, to me, this is a troubling proposition. Many clothes become very gross when exposed to the elements, and cars show nothing if there are no elements. The fabric has to be taut to suggest any kind of shape, and the moment there is any looseness, it becomes completely baggy and worn. Cars move and turn and rattle, so you might think the material isn’t going to hold its shape forever.

However, most of these are cosmetic concerns. There must be practical reasons for a fabric-clad car or off-roader. Or why would it be one of the people who helped bring them? McLaren F1 And Ferrari SF90 Stradale Chosen it for life for your new truck, the Ferring Pioneer?

The Pioneer is the brainchild of Englishman Ben Scott-Geddes, who worked on those legendary hypercars and is now working on a completely different project. It is powered by electric motors that rotate both axles, drawing power from a 20 kWh battery, complemented by a range extender. As of now, that range extender is an 800cc, three-cylinder diesel engine as used in smart city cars, according to coach. The battery pack and even the range extender are modular and can be swapped out depending on the needs of the operator.

A Startup Unveils a Fabric-Body Off-Roader and I Have Lots of Questions

image: Ferring

The powertrain itself is curious, but again, I have to go back to the skin of this truck. The fabric has always been compared to the durable, water-resistant Gore-Tex; Ferring’s press release Calls it “similar to the canvas found in high-end hiking boots.” The Autocar article states that the use of cloth means there are no panels to repair. I would argue that there Will Be the panels to repair, you will simply repair them differently or maybe more often replace them outright.

They may not be dings or scrapes, but you have to imagine that they will burst at some point. And when they do, you’ll have to look at patching the tear yourself, or send the affected “panel” to a Authorized Gore-Tex Repair Center or the like. (Did you know there were authorized Gore-Tex repair centers? Me neither!). You can even carry some extra body “skins” in the glovebox, which can be a pretty cool clutch if you think about it.

Who knows, maybe the fabric remains taut in some way, perhaps in part because it covers only the unstretched parts of the body and doesn’t experience cyclic stretch? And maybe replacement cloth is cheaper? Obviously some engineering has gone into all of this, and I’d love to know more, so I’ve reached out to Ferring to get his brain on the whole thing. If I hear back, I’ll update this post.

Here it is stated that

Here’s what it looks like under the “body”.
image: Ferring

Cloth cleaning, I think, would be another problem. It might be machine washable, but nothing is as easy to get underneath as sheet metal. And even if the fabric left some cosmetic damage you wouldn’t see, would those nicks and dents look worse than the wrinkles on the fabric? Does this even matter? For those of you who routinely subject your trucks to harsh punishments: does the trail of every fight remain in your creeps or do you just accept it to come with the territory?

Look, I don’t do off-road. There could very well be something I am missing here. It should also be said that the Pioneer is going to be a very specialized machine; Ferring estimates that between 150 and 200 vehicles a year, “£150,000-plus for a standard vehicle, or significantly more for a specially equipped or customized model.” Perhaps there’s a very discerning, deep-pocketed buyer (or, frankly, a team of remote first responders) out there waiting for a vehicle like this.

In fact, Scott-Geddes told Autocar that “customers will tell”. [Fering] What do they want? It’s that kind of vehicle.” With that, let me ask you the question: is there a truck that has some clothes body? you want want?

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