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The Austin Champ
"The Austin Champ was an idiosyncratic four-wheel drive vehicle produced by the Austin Motor Company for the British Army in the 1950s. Some knowledge of military vehicles of the period would be helpful!"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
The Champ was produced after World War II, between which years?
1947 - 1955
1945 - 1955
1951 - 1956
1962 - 1968
The Army designation 'Truck, 1/4 ton, CT, 4×4, cargo & FFW, Austin Mk.1' meant that it was a four-wheel drive vehicle designed for CombaT to carry a quarter-ton of cargo and manufactured by Austin. What did 'FFW' mean?
Fitted for Wireless
Future Force Warcraft
Austin contracted to produce 15,000 Champs, but only about 11,000 were built. Why?
Its cross-country performance wasn't good enough
The vehicle was expensive and proved too complicated for combat work
The government cut back on its defence budget
The soldiers didn't like it
The Champ had a few features which could trap the unwary driver, the main one concerning the transmission. What was this oddity?
It had a continuously variable transmission
The gearbox had no reverse gear
It had a preselector gearbox
It had no synchromesh in any gear
The original specification for the Champ called for a Rolls-Royce petrol engine to be fitted, but when production started it was found that R-R did not have the capacity to produce the required number. How was this problem resolved?
Another engine was specified
The engine was built under licence by another manufacturer
Rolls-Royce enlarged their assembly line
Austin slowed down their vehicle production rate to match Rolls-Royce's output
'Wading' a vehicle means driving it through water. What was the maximum depth that a Champ could wade without any preparation?
4 feet (1.22 metres)
1 foot (0.30 metres)
3 feet (0.91 metres)
2 feet (0.61 metres)
The Champ's top speed driving forwards was just over 60 mph (98 kph). What was its top speed in reverse?
10 mph (16 kph)
20 mph (32 kph)
15 mph (24 kph)
Did the Champ ever see service in a war?
Which major component was the weakest point on the Champ - its 'Achilles heel' - which caused the majority of problems?
The rear axle
After the Champ, Austin went on to produce another four-wheel drive vehicle. What was it called?
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