Proof that 6 wheels beats four when it comes to a comfortable, unstoppable outback-touring weapon.
You would think the guy who invented a recovery device that helps take you anywhere might have a bit of an idea when it comes to building a touring rig that promises the same. And, in the case of Brad McCarthy, the brains trust behind MAXTRAX, you’d be absolutely spot-on, as his big, six-wheel LC 200 Series proves.
As with all perfect things, this LC200 is the result of a lengthy period of time – say, a couple of years all-up – researching, experimenting and tweaking before Brad was happy to hit the go-button. Brad is a big fan of beach and desert touring, so the vehicle had to be more angled toward that type of driving, without sacrificing general driveability or, for that matter, go-anywhere capability (the Cruiser is definitely not confined to just those terrain types). So Brad was sure to take his time getting it all right, starting off with where the idea originated: in the Australian desert, a few years ago.
I did a couple of trips with the Australian army back in 2012 and 2013 testing the Mercedes G-Wagens,” Brad said. “There were a couple of six-wheel drive versions of that – LRPVs – in the convoy and they were just so capable and so comfortable in that rough terrain. I rode in a few during those expeditions and, just because of the length of the wheelbase, they were so much more comfortable.
This first experience of the comfort and stability offered by a couple of extra wheels out the back was followed by another desert stint, this time with some modified Land Cruisers, which allowed Brad to undertake a slightly more direct comparison of four wheels versus six.
We did a trip testing some LC-based LRPVs in 2015,” Brad explained. “We went across the Simpson driving a couple of 6-wheel drive (6WD) Cruisers. I had my four-wheel drive, a 100 Series Cruiser, and I was driving that and then I jumped in one of the 6WDs for a few hours and I was like, ‘it’s like chalk and cheese’; so much more comfortable in really rough terrain and I went ‘yeah, I really like this’, so I thought I might build one. So that was the impetus for it