In 1940 the German Army put out a requirement for an 8x8 armored car that could be used in hot climates and Tatra was asked to do the design.
Büssing developed the hull and superstructure and Daimler-Benz and Schichau were to develop the turret. Improvements were made to the engine and a third engine that was tropically proofed was delivered in June 1942. However, this engine was canceled.
On the hull side were mudguards that went along the complete side of the armored car. Four storage compartments were located in the mudguards.
It was requested that the engine be air cooled which made it usable in hot and cold climates.