This study presents a new general transient contact and slip model for tracked vehicles on hard ground which is simple, accurate, and in agreement with the test results to a satisfactory level. Simulating zero track speed instances become possible with the new contact/shear model which is the major proposed improvement in addition to more accurate results for transient steering and tractive inputs. The model represents a general tracked vehicle having rear or front sprockets, with parameters for center of gravity, wheel positions, number of wheels, and track-pretention. To calculate longitudinal and lateral forces, a transient shear model is used. Shear stress under each track pad is assumed to be a function of shear displacement. The contact time formulation used in shear displacement calculation is improved to gain accuracy for transient and zero track speed conditions.