In Star Trek: Nemesis, the Argo (a named Type-17 Shuttlecraft aboard the Enterprise-E) made its debut. It was a cargo shuttle modified to carry an all-terrain buggy, that had a remote control that could be used to pilot the Argo from afar. It had recessed warp nacelles as well as fold-down wings that improved maneuverability in atmosphere. The buggy had a rear-mounted phaser cannon. Both the shuttle and the buggy were designed to be rugged.
EDIT: Normally the cargo shuttle would not have the Phaser Banks, but if your players wanted to modify it to have weapons, the Phaser Banks are Escalation 2.