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Experience in operation of GAS Ataman

The idea of creation of low-tonnage truck appeared engineers at the Gorky Automobile Plant (GAZ) in the late 80-ies of the last century. At that time, popular "passenger cars». New "Volga" at all was a machine on which drove the leaders of the Party. But the Department for the production of truck plant GAS needed to find a way out as the production of a few specialized departments practically stopped.

First steps in the development of the market light-duty trucks were marked by the release of the model of  the Burlak». Prototype, whose issue severely delayed due to the collapse of the USSR, appeared already in 1994. Manufacturer used in the construction of the auto front part of  the Volga"that was a marketing ploy, due to the popularity of new passenger car model. However, even this "slim" course is not added demand model, and the project was closed, and before reaching the pipeline.

In parallel with the "barge Hauler» constructors GAS actively involved in the development of the truck with payload 800-1000 kg This vehicle received the name of the GAS-2307. Model, also, found no demand on the market. The main reason for this was not entirely clear structure which, in a massive body, the car had a very small wheels and a low clearance. Subsequently, engineers tried several times to improve GAS-2307, but their attempts were in vain. Please note, however, that it was his direct heir was gas ataman.

 Gas 2307

Gas 2308 ataman appeared as one of the most ambitious modifications 2307. It is unclear how developers have had the idea to combine in one project pickup and SUV, but this version of the truck safely be considered the most successful.

The first appearance of

The first prototype "Ataman" was presented at the end of 1996. Despite significant improvements of construction and design, its appearance is slightly threw into confusion. The fact that many elements of the truck simply disproportionate. In General large dimensions, it has a very small lights, protective arc and the grille. If we add to this just a huge windshield, front pickup looks at least strange. This can be verified on the basis of gas ataman of the photo.

The advantages of  the Ataman" too sufficed. First, he had unusually large for Russian vehicles, ground clearance, coupled with powerful buses, size 225/75 R16. Only these small details allow the truck to a great feeling themselves on the roads. But designers GAS not going to dwell on these two upgrades. «Ataman» became one of the first domestic cars with four-wheel drive transmission.

In addition, many motorists will find "Ataman» attractive from the point of view of design. They noted that the car had a very aggressive, which is unusual for Russian machines appearance. That attracted them in the model.

 Gas 2308

Car specifications

Let's examine in more detail mass-dimensional characteristics of the machine. Pickup gas 2308 ataman had the length of the body 5030 mm Width auto amounted to 1870 mm, at the height of 2070 mm Distance between front and rear wheel axles equal 3100 mm Clearance "Ataman", which was already mentioned earlier, had a full size 215 mm, which ensured the maximum angle of entry 46°. Mass of the vehicle in full gear was equal to 1800 kg and the volume of the fuel tank was 70 HP

«Ataman" was wearing engine carburetor type ZMZ-4101.10. The same subsequently installed on some modifications of  the Volga river’. This engine has 4 working cylinder. Torque of the unit is 225 Nm. It has a maximum capacity of 105 PS and allows for nearly 2-тонному "Ataman» accelerate to 100 km/h for 25 seconds. Together with this engine in the design of a pickup truck we used a specially designed transmission. She worked in the permanent all-wheel drive mode, and included a five-speed gearbox.

Known modifications

On the basis of 2308 at the design stage designers GAS is expected to release about 20 modifications. In fact, such appears only two. The first of them consider the gas ataman Ermak. This model came in the station wagon with a 5-seater cabin. The prototype was first presented in 1999. Then, the production of the model range was limited to just three instances.

 Gas Ataman Ermak 1999

But now GAZ plans to revive the series «Ataman-Ermak" and put the SUV into serial production. Reportedly, the updated car bude have an engine displacement of 2.7 litres and a maximum capacity of 160 PS moreover, the model will undergo a slight modifications of external design. The constructors promise to keep inherent earlier versions of the huge size.

Another modification 2308 - gas ataman 2. The car has been designed as a true SUV. It was presented for the first time in 2000 at the Moscow motor show. The model uses a shortened chassis 2308. In addition, with the first model "Ataman" was used spring suspension, brakes, axles and wheels. SUV is so large dimensions that it set 3 rows of seats, which can be 7 passengers. Unfortunately, this prototype was too expensive to manufacture and operation, and the project was closed a year later after the presentation.

 Gas Ataman-2 2000

Only in 2004, GAS, then began to  the Ataman 2». This was absolutely another car, and the name of the saved as a marketing ploy. During construction, the purpose was taken final cost 10 thousand dollars. Frame consisted of welded girders. The car was a classic SUV 5-door body, updated transfer box, permanent four-wheel drive and a new type of suspensions. «Ataman 2» equipped with engine ZMZ-405 with a maximum capacity of 147 PS interestingly, the model has actively participated American manufacturer Venture.

Despite all the effort, another gas ataman price was too high, and the plant GAS had to abandon the idea to put the model in a batch production. As a consequence, in 2005, the project was again frozen.

 Gas Ataman-2 2004

Road vehicle characteristics

With regard to the operation of the vehicle, the   the Ataman of the first of all, will be a great boon for people living in the countryside and those who often travels to villages or to the cottage. This car is simply created for movement on roads, for him, a barrier will not even the big snow drifts in winter. Well, at an angle of 30° and the more it goes without any effort.

As for the Russian car he has a soft start and progress, well-kept given trajectory even in difficult weather conditions, thanks to the stabilizers on the front and rear suspension. Another significant advantage of  the Ataman" and good governance. Just felt that the GAS engineers have worked on the choice of decent this "the giant" steering hydraulic booster. Also, pleasant feelings is of great beauty machines.

In addition, the vehicle could not avoid some of the shortcomings. Firstly, due to the large size, it is not enough maneuverable, and if the movement outside the city can be attributed to the obvious merits, riding on a city sometimes creates inconveniences. Secondly, inside "Ataman" very noisy. In principle, the noise from the раздатки can be considered a hallmark of all large models of GAS.

In General, the vehicle leaves the impression, those minor shortcomings are not felt in comparison with a sense of comfortable ride on such a large car.