Creating the Korres all-terrain vehicle – a car that caught the attention of former WRC champion Tommi Makinen, who took it out for a spin – started out as an exercise, according to its creator Dimitris Korres.
“We wanted to build it as though we were trying to solve a crossword puzzle, to deal with the problem that we defined as ‘wheel versus pothole’,” Korres told the Athens Macedonian News Agency radio station “Praktorio 104.9 FM” on Monday, outlining the story behind the Korres Project P4.
“The aim was to have a car that allows you, at the end of the day, to not worry about the state of the road surface.”
The result was a car whose suspension and related mechanical parts were entirely original and innovative. “We made four prototypes after a number of misadventures, parallel to my main job as a civil engineer and architect,” Korres said.
The aim now, he added, was to find a backer that would invest in the project so that the “supercar” could go into mass production.
He noted that small-scale car manufacturers that offered something truly unique and took care to produce a quality product now tended to thrive in a market where everything was standardised, producing small numbers of cars for a demanding clientele.
The main advantage of the Korres Project P4, he noted, was that it combined high speed with the ability to move over any terrain, no matter how rough.
“The goal of this product, which effectively has no rival, is that it can practically move rapidly over any weakness of the road surface,” he said.
“The brakes and suspension of the Project PV are on the level of a Porsche or Ferrari. Its offroad behaviour is similar to Baha-type models, the offroad vehicles used in the United States that move at speed over bad terrain, such as desert or stones, and are usually as large as trucks. Its climbing skills, meanwhile, can only be compared to special vehicles that are, however, unable to move at speed and are only for specialized use,” Korres added.
Lastly, he noted that driving the P4 did not need any specialized skill: “Driving it is as easy as driving a small Fiat; it can be driven even by a complete beginner.”