Revolutionizing an Industry
Mitchell Johnson, son of David Johnson - one of the founders of Polaris, remembers how the initial idea came to be. “We had talked from time-to-time about making a side-by-side ATV for a driver and passenger. One day, Edgar Hetteen [one of our founders] came to my office and said we should make a 6x6 in a side-by-side configuration, he loved the machine but wanted to ride beside his wife Hannah.”
Four concepts were explored as two important features were debated - ride-in vs. ride-on and handlebar vs. steering wheel. Eventually, the shown concept (left) was selected, with a ride-in and steering wheel design, and ultimately, became the first RANGER.