Advancement in Science or Technology: Overlander Vehicles wanted to develop a new 2-stall equestrian transporter. However, unlike the legacy products and industry standards, they didn’t want a box structure that was attached to a vehicle chassis with mounting points. Over time, forces would weaken these points and impact the rigidity of the structure. Instead, Overlander wanted to develop a box that was integrated into the chassis, which also meant they would need to rethink their panel material.
Uncertainty: Overlander was unsure what material would be lightweight and yet strong enough for the panels so they could withstand knocks and kicks from horses. They also needed to discover a way to form the structure without any sharp edges and build it onto a vehicle chassis.
Solution: After establishing various prototypes, Overlander began investigating a new panel material and discovered Ferroplast, which was energy efficient thermally, hygienic, age-resistant and easy to repair. Following testing, they also found it provided a significant improvement in the weight to strength ratio and was extremely versatile. After early prototypes, testing, modelling and detailing they had formed a robust new design.