Club Car Tip Sheet: Selecting a 4-wheel Drive Utility Transport Vehicle (UTV)

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With Club Car's IntelliTrak, you won't get stuck wrangling a poorly designed system.

Club Car's IntelliTrak automatic 4x4 system incorporates the industry’s widest clutch ratio, so it takes the vehicle from low to high gear without manual shifting.

Four-wheel drive utility transport vehicles (UTVs) are great for use on farms, around stables, for hunting and in many other applications. But do your due diligence before heading for the woods. Tim Amos, Club Car’s 4x4 product manager, shares his insights.

With most systems the driver has to manipulate four or even five levers on the dash. “It’s up to you to push the right levers, select the right gears and worry about locks. Yet you can be getting stuck before you even know you’re in trouble,” Amos says.

Look for a True Automatic All-wheel Drive System

Automatic all-wheel drive systems, like Club Car’s IntelliTrak™, sense the ground they are on and shift as needed.

“The automatic system incorporates the industry’s widest clutch ratio, so it takes the vehicle from low to high gear without manual shifting,” Amos says. “The clutches automatically shift up and down based on speed and load.”

With most traditional systems, drivers have to come to a full stop -- or even back up -- to engage the locking differential.

But with the IntelliTrak, there are no levers to pull. “Just select ‘forward’ or ‘reverse,’ and drive on. IntelliTrak does the rest,” Amos says. “It can go from one-wheel drive to fully locked all-wheel drive in a fraction of a second.

"But as soon as the tire speeds equalize, the system unlocks, letting you maintain control of the vehicle while minimizing potential wear on the powertrain.”

Easier to Maneuver, Safer and Gentler on Turf and Tires

Amos also notes that many traditional four-wheel drive systems can leave you wrangling a steering wheel with a mind of its own. These vehicles may also damage turf and lawns, lead to excessive tire wear, reduce vehicle control and possibly create a dangerous situation due to locked differentials.

Clubs Car XRT 4x4s with IntelliTrak, on the other hand, are easy to maneuver, gentle on turf and tires and more controllable.

Club Car vehicles are sold through Authorized Club Car Dealers. For more information or to find a dealer near you, visit and select “Dealer Locator.”

About Club Car

Club Car, one of the most respected names in the golf industry, is the world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel, zero-emissions electric vehicles. The company’s Precedent golf cars and Carryall turf utility vehicles are integral to successful operations at thousands of courses around the world. The company also offers a complete line of new and used golf cars, XRT utility vehicles and street-legal, low speed vehicles (LSVs) for personal use, all backed by Club Car’s 50+ year legacy of superior design, manufacture and service. Club Car is part of the Industrial Technology Sector of Ingersoll Rand and is based in Augusta, Ga. Visit

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