Half-track

Half-track, Land vehicle with both regular wheels and continuous tracks.

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Land vehicle with both regular wheels and continuous tracks "Halftrack" redirects here. For the comic strip character, see Beetle Bailey. Citroën P17 half-track truck of the early 1930s

A half-track is a civilian or military vehicle with regular wheels at the front for steering and continuous tracks at the back to propel the vehicle and carry most of the load. The purpose of this combination is to produce a vehicle with the cross-country capabilities of a tank and the handling of a wheeled vehicle.

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Performance

The main advantage of half-tracks over wheeled vehicles is that the tracks reduced the pressure on any given area of the ground by spreading the vehicle's weight over a larger area, which gives it greater mobility over soft terrain like mud and snow, while they do not require the complex steering mechanisms of fully tracked vehicles, relying instead on their front wheels to direct the vehicle, augmented in some cases by track braking controlled by the steering wheel.

It is not difficult for someone who can drive a car to drive a half-track, which is a great advantage over fully tracked vehicles which require specialized training. Half-tracks thus facilitate moving personnel and equipment successfully across varying terrain.

The main disadvantage is the increased maintenance to maintain track tension, and the reduced life span of tracks (up to 10,000:km) compared to tires (up to 80,000:km).

History

Kégresse track

Main article: Kégresse track A car from Tsar Nicholas II of Russia's personal car pool converted with Kégresse tracks Vladimir Lenin's Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost with Kégresse track, converted by the Puti... ...read more
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