We don’t usually cover recreational vehicles. But this ATV is made from military smarts and we had to take a closer look at those revolutionary bullet-resistant tyres.
The Polaris Sportsman WV850 in an all-terrain vehicle that comes with tyres that can’t be easily stopped. They’re Terrain Armour non-pneumatic, meaning they are air free but still flexible enough to make the ride bearable. So tough are these tyres that they can stand up to M4, AK47 and even .50-calibre bulets and still keep going.
The range of this glorified quad-bike’s wheels after being shot by a .50-calibre round is a huge 350 miles. Although we reckon your bum would be pretty numb before you go that far. Also, if you’re actually being shot at with .50-calibre rounds they’ll likely be aimed at you rather than the tyres, in which case the bike might carry on without you.
The tyres' inner structure is a mesh design that supports the weight of the vehicle while still being flexible enough to soak up bumps. There's still a rubber outer tread so, like conventional tyres, different tread patterns can be developed for different applications.
In a real world situation, this is inspired. A farmer or festival organiser using one of these can keep going all day without worrying about getting a puncture or running out of fuel.
The Sportsman WV850 has a single-speed transmission, steel exoskeleton, steel racks, huge towing and haulage capacity, 77 horsepower, and is all-wheel drive. Pick one up from Polaris for $15,000 (£8,300).