Now, Da Orffo has only been around since 2022, but the owners have actually been in the trailer design and manufacturing game for around a decade and are responsible for crafting cargo and glamping solutions mainly for Europeans. However, their most recent design is the reason they've been receiving worldwide attention recently.
If you've been keeping up with autoevolution, you may have caught the article we completed on the Life Chariot MedEvac unit. If you didn't, lend us your attention for a moment or so and see why this trailer won the prestigious James Dyson Award and why Da Orffo should be on your radar, even if we're living halfway around the world.
Why? Well, the idea behind the Life Chariot is to act as a combat rescue and EVAC unit, and this means that it has to stand up to some of the world's most unforgiving landscapes and situations, including trudging through mud and water, over rocks, roots, and whatever else the terrain throws at it.
Now, as Piotr mentions in the video below, this puppy was built upon the previous designs this crew had developed over the years, and since off-road excursions were already the name of the game, the ability to take things to the next level was rather straightforward; make it bigger, make it tougher, but with purpose.
This means a proprietary and customizable Da Orffo suspension with trailing A-arm and massive coil-over dampers, upon which tubing for a steel cage is laid down to offer a shell upon which the rest of the Chariot can be developed. After all, things are rough on the battlefield. Do take a look at the video below to see just how this thing fares in the real world.
A few other aspects of the Life Chariot that have landed it at the top of the awards ladder is its ability to accommodate medical supplies and other gear, be it on top of the cage or within it. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, a canopy can also be added around the cage. Apparently, with light modifications, the Chariot even has the potential to be used during winter.
Currently, there are two units being used by medical military forces over in Ukraine, and since this puppy is still being refined, it could be very little time before Da Orffo secures a serious military contract if they haven't done so already. Heck, even if the military passes on the Life Chariot, its applications extend far beyond search and rescue or military use, even though that's what it was crafted for.
The U1 is the more bare unit for those of us who use a trailer for more than just glamping, and the D1 is aimed at the more devoted modern migrator, ready with an elevated rack for a tent and integrated cargo options. Oh, and with prices for these units starting at just €10,000 ($11K at current exchange rates), who can resist sending these folks an e-mail for an off-road trailer done right?
Regarding the Life Chariot, it's not clear if it'll even be for sale to the general public, but it doesn't have to be; with a rather simple yet highly effective design, you could probably head down to a local manufacturing shop and build one of these babies yourself. If you've got a friend or two into product design and engineering, the next article we complete about heavy-duty and off-road machines could be about you. Just a little something-something to think about.