Bran Ferren: Engineer, designer, former R&D man for Disney's celebrated Imagineering Department – and when in his late 50s, father to his first child.
|View from the cabin|
|Incinerating toilet, too|
The KiraVan is tractored by a modified Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500NA with a Mercedes Benz 6-cylinder in-line 260HP high-efficiency intercooled turbo-diesel engine providing 700ft-lb of torque. At low speeds and on unsure ground, the trailer wheels themselves come on-line via hydraulics to provide additional traction to continue to move the rig. Should something seriously bad happen -- say the unit topples over, an automatic beacon system fires up to call for assistance.
Check out Bran Ferren's website for more details -- and to start your own designer juices flowing.
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