Is This The Off-Roader VW Should Build To Regain Its Cool Factor?


The independently sprung caterpillar tracks are only the start of it.

We've featured quite a few extraordinary 4x4 concepts from design students around the world. For instance, we've seen what a future Kamaz Dakar buggy may look like, and who else here remembers the awesomeness that was the Range Rover supercar? As creative and as bold as those concept cars are, however, we think they've been well and truly pipped by this truly unique all-terrain vehicle by Carlos Bueno. It's called the Volkswagen Rootech, and we guarantee you it's like nothing else you've ever seen before.

It's not the caterpillar tracks that make the Volkswagen Rootech unique. As we've seen before (mainly from either Ken Block or the snow-swept regions of Russia), fitting them to cars in place of conventional wheels and tires isn't a new thing. Likewise, hydrogen powertrains like the one featured on the Rootech are now in a handful of production cars, and amphibious cars have been around in one form or another for most of the automobile's life. It's the way the Rootech is able to acquire the hydrogen it needs for its fuel cells that's the really clever bit. By using "genetically modified roots" stowed behind the passenger cell, the Rootech can extract hydrogen from the water in aquatic environments and store it for propulsion use on dry land.

Ken Block Hooning A Tracked Raptor Will Make You Long For Winter
Ken Block Hooning A Tracked Raptor Will Make You Long For Winter
Design Student Pens Wildest Land Rover You’ll Ever See
Design Student Pens Wildest Land Rover You’ll Ever See

We've no idea how such a system would work (assuming it's possible to begin with!), and we'd love to know the chain of events that lead to Carlos Bueno coming up with that solution. But there's no denying that he was thinking way outside of the box with the whole modified roots system. So, however impractical and impossible it may be with today's technology, you've got to give the guy credit fo conjuring up such an odd ball system to power his equally unusual off-roader!

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

Students Create 600-HP Honda Civic Hybrid Rallycross Machine

Deep Orange 9 is our kind of school project.

Is The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Way More Powerful Than Advertised?

Jaguar claims the super sedan has 592 horsepower under the hood.

This Is The Road-Going Porsche 935 Targa Of Our Dreams

Let’s hope someone converts the Porsche 935 for the road in real life, too.

1,200-HP Electric Audi Sets A New World Record Driving Backwards

The Porsche GT2 RS Doesn't stand a chance (even going forward)

Self-Driving Range Rover Sport Navigates One Of UK’s Most Complex Public Roads

It’s another milestone in the quest for fully autonomous driving.

What's Hot