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So called "off road" vehicles are usually stopped by vertical obstacles of greater than one metre in hight. The challenge is to create a vehicle which can climb a one metre step (either positive or negative, or both), as part of traversing a course.
This could either be a walking machine (good ability to climb, slow speed), or a wheeled vehicle with an unusual suspention system (faster cross country, but may have trouble with the step). A very long travel hydraulic suspention, or an arrangment of three wheels pivoting about a single axle can work....
An interesting variation of the cross country race/off road machine challenge.
-- Arthur Majoor (email@example.com), April 01, 2001
I like this one... could also apply to boats which must get past a walled barrier which reaches up to the surface.
-- Max (Maxel@inwindsor.com), April 01, 2001.
They may have to "de-seed" the junk yard for this one. Grab some large diameter tractor tires- and some seriously low gears- and you should be able to crawl over a three foot wall. Hummers climb two foot steps, and their tires aren't all that large. The trick is in the gearing- and making sure the axles are out on the ends of the chassis. This could be a fun one to watch!
-- Chip Haynes (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 02, 2001.