Essentially a snowmobile with wheels instead of front tracks, the Platune Sand-X nevertheless appears ideal for desert riding. Reaching a top speed of 116mph and accelerating to 62mph in just 2.8 seconds, the Sand-X is far quicker than traditional dune conveyances like the Yamaha Raptor 700R (0-62mph in 5.4 seconds) while its makers claim it's also exceptional safe due to its low center of gravity and, extended length in long track. Its makers envision the Sand-X finding a role with militaries operating in desert theaters in addition to appealing to leisure riders.
In countries like Dubai, dune riding is one of the most popular leisure
activities. What else do you do when your country is 99% barren desert?
The Sand-X should find instant appeal there due to its massive speed
and capability, factors that will also prove popular with government
buyers. Platune suggests that in addition to the speed, the Sand-X's
unprecedented off-road tank range (over 220 miles from its 11-gallon
tank) and the ability to travel from A to B in a straight line over
just about any obstacle should give it a unique appeal over traditional
dune buggies, sand rails and 4x4s.
Power comes from an 800cc
Rotax Power T.E.K two-stroke parallel-twin producing 151bhp. It's
shared with several snowmobiles, so it should come as no surprise that
the transmission is a CVT. That combination helps keep overall weight
down to just 463lbs (dry), which is fairly impressive given the size of
the whole contraption.