Weather at the North Pole: -26°C Wind
Weather at the North Pole: -26°C Wind
"Burlak" is a six-wheeled amphibious vehicle. All the units and assemblies can be accessed from the cabin, so that the harsh polar conditions do not interfere with AT vehicles repair process. Waterproof body design and the water-propeller allow the vehicle to float and maneuver among the ice cracks. Control of the vehicle is no more difficult than that of a typical passenger car. "Burlak" differs from other AT vehicles: the experience gained from operation of its predecessors has been taken into account during its development and a totally new vehicle has been designed. It assures that the journey to the North Pole will be quicker and safer.


Toyota 1KD-FTV front mounted turbo diesel engine, producing 170 hp with a torque of 360/1800 rpm. The pre-start heater "Binar" ensures low temperature start.

Automatic gearbox.

2-mode transmission: upshift 1/1, downshift 1/2.55.

Brake discs on rear and intermediate axles.

Steering without direct linkage, by means of hydrocylinder.

The ATV has an independent double wishbone spring suspension. Suspension travel is 200 mm. that ensures road clearance from 720 to 750 mm depending on the AT vehicle loading.

Double-layer low-pressure tyres: outside diameter — 1700 mm, width — 720 mm, inside diameter — 32 inches.

Displacement of each weel — 1200 kg, total — 7200 kg.

Cruising speed on firm ground — 60 km/h at 2650 rpm.

Maximum speed — 88 km/h. On the water — up to 6 km/h.

Maximum capacity of fuel tank — 360 l. Fuel consumption on the firm ground in the economy mode is about 30 litres per 100 km. Fuel consumption under off-road conditions is 4-6 lph.

The length of AT vehicle — 6.6 m, width — 2.9 m, height — 3.2 m. Space frame is made from steel square tubes. Bearer frame is made from angle bars #50.

Dry weight of the vehicle — 3,7 tons, gross weight — 7 tons.

The body is lined with aluminum sheet 1-2 mm thick. It is insulated with isolon 30 mm thick and synthetic felt (carpet).

The cabin is designed for 10 persons, there are 8 berths. There is also a kitchen with gas-burners for cooking, a wash-basin, a shower. Snow melting device operated from engine cooling system allows to get up to 30 litres of drinking water.

There are 2 heaters and 2 independent 2 kW "Planar" radiators in the cabin.

Load capacity without loss of floatability is up to 2 tons.

Burlak-2 test,
February 2016

The prototype history

The first "Burlak" was fully built in Aleksei Makarov's workshop in Ekaterinburg. The body was assembled at the end of October, 2015, the final assembly and completing units of the vehicle began in November. At the end of February 2016 the test drive was made. Full-scale testings were made in the Nether-Polar Urals and the Kara Sea. Lubricating materials produced by Ravenol company were used. The test team covered the whole distance in 16 days instead of 3 weeks, as they planned. There wasn't any serious breakdown for 2800 kilometers. Performance characteristics of the AT vehicle satisfied the expectations at every stage of the test.

The «Burlak-2» history

Upon completion of the prototype testing, a new vehicle was built. Its front-mounted engine has become a major construction feature compared to the prototype. The new design enables to distribute more load on the front wheels. This will improve the tire traction and the response of the vehicle with a trailer loaded with fuel and food. A number of other improvements of the construction reduced the weight of the vehicle approximately by one ton, which will enable to use fuel more efficiently and make the AT vehicle move easier on loose saltwater ice. On the basis of "Burlak 2.0" a new, even lighter, AT vehicle will be built, which will go to conquer the North Pole.