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How does the Unimog achieve such a high ground clearance?

The Unimog has very large wheels with portal axles which means that means the drive axles are above the centre of the wheels. What this means is that instead of a direct line out to the wheel from the differential, the axle is offset to the top and uses a gear cluster to drive the wheel. This means the Unimog has greater ground clearance than a normal solid axle vehicle using the same tyre size. The result is an extremely high ground clearance yet a low centre of gravity. Obstacles up to half a meter high can be overcome by the Unimog without difficulty.


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