Carving Up the Ice Caps

So it’s summer. You get kinda tired of the skin-bubbling heat, so you decide to head to the chill zone for some much-needed ski or snowboard or sled-dog action. You get out there and you get injured in a major way! Who comes to the rescue? Wolves. Well not anymore! Now there’s the CARV, aka the Compact Alpine Rescue Vehicle as designed by Matt Hardman.

With a name like Hardman you imagine dear M.H. must be a one bad mother designer. And having a reputation as a bad mother designer and alpine rescue expert AND total bad-ass mountain man, you know he’s got his brain in the right place with this four-track monster from ice heaven.

But what’s this? The CARV is good to go in both winter AND summer conditions. Steel banded rubber track systems, air suspension, handling and control superior to that of the competition (riding wolves never turns out nice.) A 2.0 liter diesel electric hybrid engine and a casualty-strap ready stretcher to by hung from the rear. This stretcher can be loaded in and out of the CARV using its winch system.

The bodies can be found quickly with GPS tracking beacons installed inside the current life pass system, read by the CARV and bounced in through the eyeballs of the rescue driver.

It’s fabulous track, find, rescue technological awesomeness.

Designer: Matt Hardman

CARV Compact Alpine Rescue Vehicle





  • confucius says:

    This would be more practical in an estate version.
    Lets consider the injured might want to be rescued AND warm. Not just flung on the back, exposed to the elements!

    • Matt Hardman says:

      Thanks for the comment and i take your point on board
      However you must consider as i did when designing the vehicle, that the injured would generally have a journey time on board of under 5 mins so while patient comfort is considered it is not a priority.
      You must also appreciate that changing the vehicle into an ‘estate version’ would very much go againt the idea of a compact rescue vehilce and also add cost weight and materials to the finished design.

  • Dan Shand says:

    This is very cool!

  • Igel says:

    Dear Sir
    Who built your CARV. I wont to by someone.
    Sorry my Language

    • Matt says:

      Hi Igel
      Thanks for your interest however I am sorry to inform you this vehicle was a concept design project and never progressed further than concept stage. If you know anyone willing to manufacture then I would be happy to discuss one off production for you.

      Many thanks


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