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The Tomcar is a type of commercial off-road utility vehicle.[1]

The Tomcar is made in two and four seat models, and is powered by either unleaded petrol or diesel engines. It uses a CVT transmission system and a chain driven final drive system, giving the vehicles a ground clearance of 38 cm (15").[2]

The Tomcar's chain-driven swingarm system allows the vehicle an above average ground clearance and suspension articulation, and also create "anti-squat" or lift. Under acceleration, a vehicle usually squats in the rear due to the physics of conventional drive-trains. In the Tomcar vehicles, this torque is displaced, causing the swing arms to be “pulled” down and under the vehicle, creating a rear-end lift. This is known in physics as 'anti-squat'.


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The Tomcar has been in active development in Israel over the last 30 years. It was originally designed and built for the Israel Defense Forces, being specifically designed to fit into a Sea Knight or Chinook helicopter.[3] The original Tomcar was developed as a two-seater model, known as the TM2. A four-seater model, known as the TM4, was added to the line up in order to carry more personnel. A utility version with a larger tray was then developed, which is known as the TM5.

It is currently in use by the Israeli military to patrol its borders and carry out various military missions.[4] It is also used by the US Customs and Border Patrol, by the US National Guard,[5] and by the British Army in Afghanistan.[6]

The Tomcar has become available to the public for both commercial and recreational use since 2005.[7]

The Tomcar is now produced in Melbourne, Australia by MTM Pty Ltd on licence by Tomcar Australia Pty Ltd.[8][9] Production began in November 2011.[10] The Melbourne Tomcar Australia facility was officially launched on March 8, 2012 by Victorian Minister for Trade, Industry and Export Richard Dalla-Riva.[11]

On November 6, 2013, Tomcar Australia Pty Ltd became the first car manufacturer to accept Bitcoin.[10][12][13][14][15][16]


The Tomcar currently comes in a two-seater version called the TM-2, a four-seater version called the TM-4 and a utility two-seater version called a TM-5.[17]

The Tomcar used to be also available in a one-seater version, known as the TM-1; however, this is now a discontinued model.


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Model: TM-2 (Two-Seater)


  • Length: 2820 mm / 111.5"
  • Width: 1780 mm / 70"
  • Height: 1686 mm / 67"
  • Wheelbase: 2052 mm / 81"
  • Ground clearance: 381 mm / 15"
  • Dry weight: 715 kg / 1573 lbs


  • Lombardini Inline 4-stroke Diesel engine.[1]
  • YH465Q-2E 4-Stroke-water-cooled petrol engine.[1]
  • Kohler LH775S Liquid Cooled petrol engine.[18]


  • Automatic V-belt CVT
  • Heavy-duty, high/low gear box
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Final drive: 2 x dual oil bathed chains
  • Forward - neutral - reverse
  • Differential lock


  • Front: AT 25 x 8 - 12
  • Rear: AT 26 x 12 - 12


  • Front: Double wishbone, heavy-duty 343 mm / 13.5" travel
  • Rear: Trail arm heavy-duty 343mm / 13.5" travel with dual coil over springs, gas/hydraulic shocks[8]


  • Rack-and-pinion, 1.6 turn lock-to-lock


  • Disc Brakes
  • Mechanical hand brake


  • 26 litre / 6.75 gallon safety tank (1 or 2 tanks)


  • 12V 56AH battery
  • 40A alternator and regulator
  • Power socket
  • Halogen headlights, tail lights and brake lights
  • Horn


  • Speedometer
  • Wheels hour meter
  • Voltmeter
  • Fuel gauge
  • Low oil pressure
  • Turn signal
  • High beam light
  • Water temp gauge


  • Adjustable bucket type with head rest,
  • 4-point harness



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