This interesting vehicle was designed in 1979 in a special design bureau of ZIL. Named ZIL-29061, it was created for the space industry to reach remote locations while looking for cosmonauts who landed from the orbit. The body of the vehicle was made from aluminium, its cabin – from fiberglass. Wheels were replaced by an auger-type chassis. The engines of the ZIL were borrowed from VAZ-2103 and had a power of 77hp.
Winter testing of the vehicle and testing on sand.
The vehicle had a 4-speed automatic gearbox, its length was 4.8 meters, height – 2.2 meters, width – 2.4 meters. It had two seats – for a driver and a doctor. In fact, this ZIL could go on any surface – swamp, snow, water with speed 12, 25, 13 km/h correspondigly. It could even travel on sand but with speed 0,5 km/h only.
Testing on water.
Fuel consumption – 36 litres an hour, two fuel tanks – 75 l. each. Lifting capacity – 400 kg, vehicle mass – 1875 kg. ZIL could climb slopes with steepness of 23 degrees. It could be used at -40C, the cabin was heated to the required temperature within an hour. They generally produced 20 vehicles like this, ZIL-29061 production lasted till 1983. Soviet engineers were full of creativity…