Marauder Dozer was inspired by Marauder ants that can kill prey multiple times their own size. Jon Pope, an industrial designer that has been known for his remarkable vehicle design with visually amazing details, designed Marauder Dozer to offer you a futuristic bulldozer version with superior all terrain capabilities. You can read Jon Pope explanations below.
Designer : Jon Pope
The Omnivore Marauder ants are the reason you don’t tie up cattle or children in Africa because Marauder ants can take down prey hundreds if not thousands of times larger then their own size. They do this by traveling in the millions and swarming on their pray. To achieve this, they need travel in huge numbers very efficiently on super highways they create on the jungle floor. There are different classes of Marauder ants that do specific jobs and one of the larger super-major worker’s only task is to act like a bulldozer to quickly clear a path for the super highway so the other workers can forage by the masses for the colony.
This super strong exoskeleton super-major marauder ant seemed like the perfect fit to heavily influence the design of a high speed dozer to be used to quickly create fire lines to help control forest fires. It could also be used in urbane settings to quickly clear debris covered streets for emergency vehicles after flood waters or tsunami waters have receded like from the recent earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku in Japan. Its high speed super duty all terrain capabilities would allow it to quickly travel to any remote hot spot where it is needed, just like the marauder ant.
The Marauder Dozer has six track frames with rubber tracks connected to six articulating legs mounted to the chassis. Like the six legs on an ant, it allows the Marauder dozer to travel with low ground pressure, allowing for superior all terrain capabilities. The legs can jack up the chassis for high ground clearance for easy travel over debris piles. The legs of Marauder Dozer can also extend far enough to keep the cab dry in up to 13.6 feet of water while traveling through water hazards and swamp terrain. The legs can also jack up the rear end when the center of gravity needs to be shifted more towards the front to give the front blade better ground braking force.
A large 17.8 foot wide by 8.2 foot high debris blade on the front of the Marauder Dozer allows for dirt and small debris to flow trough while catching and moving immobilizing debris out of the way. Jacking the track frame legs all the way up allows the dozer to push higher up on larger standing trees to make it easier to push them over. The large teeth on the blade allow the dozer to effortlessly dig up large stumps and old fallen trees that have become sunken into the forest floor.
The cooling system for hydraulics and engine are mounted in the middle. The engine is mounted in the rear to counter balance the very large and heavy blade in the front. This is just like the Gaster on the rear of an ant to allow it to carry and push large objects with its front mandibles.
The cab can swing out to each side of the very wide blade for better blade side edge visibility. The cab can rotate 45 degrees for shuttle work which makes for less stress on the operator’s neck and back. The cab can also rotate 180 degrees to allow the operator to more easily travel backwards for long distances.