International displays the Turtle V, the latest in a 26 year-old
series of trucks on a quest to build the 'ultimate backroad
on the Ford F-550 4x4 chassis, the Turtle V is powered by
the 1,000,000th Ford PowerStroke Diesel Engine. It has a GVWR
of 17,500 pounds. A custom European style camper is being
built by UNICAT in Germany.
V is expected to be completed by mid-2000. Places under consideration
for its first adventure are Mongolia,
and the Northern Silk Road through Kazakhstan and across the Taklamakan
Desert in Northwestern China. In Chinese "Taklamakan" means,
"If you go, you won't come back."