Hypothetical vehicle design...need advice
Maybe you can help. For a college class, I recieved an assignment to design a vehicle for a specific niche market-not necessarily a whole vehicle design, but rather the specifications and a general description of the vehicle. I chose to design a utilitarian truck much like the Land Rover Defender or Nissan Patrol, only designed with ultra-modern technology. It would serve as a military/utility vehicle, and have incredible off-road capability. There are three versions- a short-wheelbase, long-wheelbase, and pickup. The question I have for this forum is whether a body-on-frame or unit-body construction is best for this vehicle. A pickup could be made with a unitized body, so that is not a factor. If you were designing this type of vehicle, what sort of construction would best serve this vehicle? The way I see it, unitized is stiffer but body-on-frame is more flexible in terms of modification of the body for special uses. Please help, I can't decide! Thanks a lot!!