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About Supacats

What is a Supacat?

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The Supacat is a hard vehicle to classify.

Contrary to public opinion the 'civilian' and 'military' specification Cats are very much the same - the only difference being the equipment fitted to them. Many of the 'extras' used are common to both, and most Cats are used with items such as Ramps, Winches, Bilge Pumps. Most are open top but some do have cabs of varying types. A wide range of extras is available to enable the vehicle to be suited to any specific application.

What it isn't

A Supacat could be described as the big end of more conventional ATVs were it not for its automobile engine (Volkswagen 1.9L diesel) and 4-wheel steering.

Supacat might be a 6x6, low ground-pressure 'jeep' were it not for the motorcycle/ATV-type handlebar steering.

Hard as it is to categorise, the usefulness of this 6 x 6 amphibian is beyond doubt.

Five facts about the Supacat

  1. Supacats are made in Britain but in use worldwide.
  2. Supacats are used for Air Crash Recovery - to recover many aircraft types from small light single seaters, helicopters to a Jumbo jet.
  3. A special unit was built for Beach Rescue -fitted with special lightweight cab, high side panels, special high visibility paint, outboard motor stowage.
  4. Supacats have been used on many Film and TV Sets both in the UK and overseas, transporting personnel, lighting, set equipment and sometimes used as camera platforms. Sometimes they are even seen in front of the camera!
  5. The Canadian Forces' Mobile Command began testing the Supacat in 1989 and a small number were bought to equip the Disaster Assistance and Relief Team (DART) in time of emergency. The first deployment for CF Supacats was in 1998 to Honduras in the wake of Hurricane Mitch.

And there's more...


EngineVolkswagen 1900cc turbo charged
Power58 Kw (78 bhp) @ 4000 rpm
Max torque164 Nm 121 (lbs./ft) @ 1850 rpm
Max engine speed5200 rpm
GearboxVW Audi Automatic Four forward one reverse
Drive trains1" pitch duplex - tensioned by sliding axles
Electrical power12 or 24 volt - 2 maintenance free batteries
TyresStandard size - 31 x 15.5 x 15
Fuel capacity63.6 litres (14 gallons)
DimensionsOverall length 3335mm (minimum)
Overall width2000mm (wheel to wheel)
Maximum height1870mm (open vehicle)
Load area - main1445 x 1870mm
Ground clearance215mm (standard wheels)
WeightBasic Supacat 1750Kgs
Maximum speed64 kph (40 mph)
Payload1.0 tonne (normal) 1.6 tonnes (maximum)
Towing capabilityApproximately 2.4 tonnes of drawbar pull
Turning diameterConventional 14.35m; Braked 4.8m

For the Technical

The Supacat has permanent six wheel drive (6x6) with the front four wheels (two axles) steered conventionally (Ackerman) by using a rotating handlebar arrangement. These handlebars also operate the steering brakes (inboard discs) which act independently on each side of the vehicle giving brake (skid) steering.

The Supacat is diesel powered and driven through a four forward and one reverse ratio automatic gearbox. The Supacat is built around an aluminium clad, steel rectangular hollow section chassis fame, which forms a hull that enables the vehicle to float and also protects the majority of mechanical components.The 'belly plate' is of hardened aluminium and can have a steel protective front plate.

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