Canadian inventor Ben Gulak
conceived of the DTV shredder, the unusual vehicle you see here, while he was
still a teenager.
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His motivation was practical: “It doesn’t make sense to have
to buy an expensive snowmobile that you can ride for three months of the year
and an ATV that you can ride for four months of the year,” Gulak told the TED
organization. “I wanted to make something small enough that you could fit
it in the back of any car. And I wanted it to be something you’d be able to
ride all year, whether in snow, sand, or mud. Something that would be really
all-terrain, all year.”
Being as compact as it is, I figured the thing would be
electric, but you undoubtedly heard the sound of internal combustion in the
video. The Shredder runs on a gasoline-powered four-stroke engine that can get
it up to 30 miles per hour.
The Shredder has been in development for years, as you
probably guessed by the “Christmas 2012” plug in the video. Although it’s
currently available in the UK, North
American emissions regulations require engine modifications that are still in
the works. If you’re in the market for one, you can stay updated on the website
of Gulak’s company, BPG Werks.