TAK-4® family of independent suspensions
Initially developed by Oshkosh, this independent suspension system has evolved into the gold standard of mobility for heavy-duty vehicles, equipment and fire apparatus. The TAK-4® and TAK-4iTM systems increase vehicle mobility, off-road speed and load-carrying capacity, improving ride quality while lowering life-cycle costs. The independent suspension technology is featured in Oshkosh Defense, Pierce and Oshkosh Airport vehicles around the world, helping warfighters, firefighters and other critical personnel overcome daunting terrain at high speeds.
The U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ newest light tactical vehicle, the JLTV, features an extreme duty drivetrain, the latest version of the TAK-4 family, the TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system and allows warfighters to operate away from predictable and often dangerous routes. The TAK-4i allows for 20 inches of wheel travel, and in the JLTV, off-road speeds more than 70 percent faster than the next most capable tactical vehicle in the U.S. military today.
Racing the Baja 1000
Military vehicles face uncertainty at every moment, and the Oshkosh JLTV is no exception. In an effort to test the vehicle in extreme conditions similar to those found in a wide range of combat theaters, we raced our LCV (hybrid predecessor of the JLTV) in the 2010 Baja 1000, a 1,061-mile race. The LCV accomplished what nearly 40 percent of racers failed to do—complete the challenging course. In doing so, we proved the performance of the TAK-4i system and battled our way back into the competition for the U.S. Military’s JLTV contract.