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The Rat (CL-261 et CL-70): A Canadair Vehicle Division was formed in 1956. Its first project was the RAT (Remote Articulated Track), a light vehicle for transporting personnel and equipment over difficult terrain. Amphibious and air-droppable, the two-unit vehicle had a gross weight of 1,100 kg (2,500 lb.) and a payload of 300 kg (600 lb.) It could travel at 30 km/h (20 mph) on packed snow and 5 km/h (3 mph) on water. A 35-hp Volkswagen engine drove both units through a unique articulating transfer joint.
A total of 36 RATs was built, six prototype CL-61s and the rest CL-70s. Of these, 24 went to the Canadian Army, two each to the Swedish Army and the New Jersey Mosquito Control Authority, and one each to the Canadian Department of Mines and Resources and the Department of Northern Affairs
Dynatrac (CL-91): The CL-91 was a multi-terrain, high mobility tracked vehicle consisting of two or three units connected by articulation joints which permitted displacement of the units up to 30 degrees from the centreline in any plane. A single 65-bhp General Motors Corvair air-cooled engine drove all units.
The CL-91 could travel at up to 50 km/h (30 mph) over snow, mud and muskeg; and, thanks to its relatively lightweight construction and 20-cm (8-in.) freeboard, it could swim at 3 km/h (2 mph) with a 900-kg (2,000 lb.) payload. In deep snow, with a full payload, it could tow 12 ski troops or an 1,100-kg (2,400 lb.) toboggan, and negotiate a 60 per cent grade and a 40 per cent side slope.
Of a total of 63 Dynatracs produced, 57 went to the U.S. Army, two each to the Canadian Army and the British Army. Two were used as test vehicles.
In1968,Canadair bought a Calgary-based off-road vehicle manufacturer, Flex-Track Equipment Ltd., and some ofthe assets of the Tracked Vehicle Division of Robin Nodwell Manufacturing Ltd., also of Calgary, and formed Canadair Flextrac Ltd., with the intention of producing a Dynatrac II. While the vehicle was still in the design phase, however, the Alberta oil boom began and the demand for the Flextrac Nodwell range of off-road vehicles skyrocketed with production jumping from three to four a month to 25 to 30. Three prototype Dynatrac IIs were built, however, in 1976 Canadair decided to quit the vehicle business and sold Canadair Flextrac.
Fisher (CL-213): During 1963 and 1964, Canadair had a brief relationship with a two-seat, all-terrain vehicle designed by Montrealer, A. Gordon Fisher. Powered by a nine-hp, single-cylinder, two-stroke Rotax engine, the vehicle carried a 300-kg (600 lb.) payload at up to 19 km/h (12 mph), could negotiate a 50 per cent grade, and could swim. Two vehicles were produced, of which one was sold to the U.S. Army.
Autobus (CL-218): During 1965 and 1966, Canadair produced 50 public buses for the City of Montreal under licence from the Flxible Co. of Loudonville, Ohio.