Tatra 815 is the series of panel trucks, which were produced by Czech company Tatra from 1983.
The car range includes saddle-type haulage trucks, tip-up trucks, truck chassis and open car. The vehicle is available in 4x4, 6x6, 8x8, 10x8, 10x10, 12x8 and 12x12 variants.
The history of this truck family started at the beginning of the 70th, the time when it was decided to create the unified series of trucks for all needs. In was planned that it should change Tatra-148 and Tatra-813. The first Tatra-815 was assembled in 1979 and at same time was presented all line of trucks. After several improvements and tests it was offered a full range of the family. Tatra trucks preserved the continuity of the previous vehicle of this brand: 4- stroke diesel air cooling engine, solid frame with bracket for fastening of the units, sets and bodies, the independent suspension of all wheels with oscillating axle shaft. The vehicle had AWD with the possibility of disconnection of the front axle, and it was available in 4x4 and 6x6 variants.
Tatra 815 with rear and 3-side unloading had the bearing capacity of 10.7-15.3 tonnes and the shorten cabin located over the engine.
T815NT bolster-type tractor (4x4/6x6) for semi and T815S1 dump truck (8x8) were equipped with powerful engines, rear pneumatic suspension, had moved forward cabin with the sleeping places.
The line also included the T815PJ crane chassis with the bearing capacity of 12-40 tonnes (4x4 and 10x8). The total range of models consisted if more than 100 variants.
The high quality of Tartra-815 was shown while participation in Paris-Dakar, Grenada-Dakar and Paris- Beijing rallies in 1986-2001 where they had got prize-winning places.
In the middle of the 90s was created a new ТZR-928 V8 with turbocharging with the capacity of 308-362 horsepower.
The range of the basic chassis for Т815-2 included 5 variants with different variants of cabins and the 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 wheelbases.
In 1997 Tatra began the production of the new Т815-2 (Terrano1) series with the new 350 hp Detroit Diesel.