Luxury High Speed Super Tank
14 August 2018
Originally developed to help to military avoid IEDs, the Ripsaw 'sports tank' has become a hit with car enthusiasts.
The company that created this super high-speed tank is called Howe and Howe Technologies Incorporated, founded in the early 2000s by twin brothers Geoff and Michael, who have gained notoriety as world leaders in extreme vehicle fabrication.
They are also heavily involved in developing advanced robotic platform solutions and applications for the US Government.
Originally designed and built for the military as a light weight, go fast super tank, it found a second life as a luxury vehicle for well heeled car fans.
Earlier this year, Howe and Howe showed off its latest Ripsaw, the EV3-F1; a luxurious ‘sports’ tank that can pop wheelies, carve drifts and fly through as though it were a motocross bike instead of a 3500 kilogram slab of metal. But, the Ripsaw is only one of Howe and Howe’s creations that is attracting interest from buyers all over the world.
The brothers developed their innovations to help police and the armed forces. One of their most successful creations is the Swat Bot, which doubles as a robotic shield and a battering ram.
Geoff said: 'The Swat Bot developed out of our existing technology for the US military. The original robot walks in front of the soldiers and digs the land up in front of them, ensuring the soldier doesn't get blown up.'
According to their website, the Swat Bot serves as a ‘robotic ballistic shield, door breacher and vehicle and debris remover when the environment is deemed unsafe.’
When expanded, the shield stretches to 8ft (2.5 metres) wide, enough to offer ‘the operator and team adequate cover from gunfire and explosive scenarios.’
And the vehicle, which is collapsible for ease of transport and weighs 2,290lbs (1,040kg), can be started up in just five seconds.
Thermite Fire Fighting Robot
Unlike the Ripchairs, which require an operator to sit in it to move around, the Thermite RS1-3 can be driven by remote control. Howe and Howe claim that it is the most capable, durable and reliable fire-fighting vehicle on the market today. “The Thermite provides safety and inside-access to firefighters working on containing and defeating fires of any magnitude or origin,” spokesmen note. They add that the Thermite gives firefighters and first responders ‘instant eyes’ inside the fire and the ability to attack the fire from its core (while creating effective stand-off to its users).
With enough power and torque to tow full hoses and dispense up to 1250 gallons per minute (4731 litres per minute) of water, the Thermite is helping fire preventers and responders to shift their tactics when it comes to combating and conquering fires. “Thermite is not intended to replace firefighters in any way. Instead, this remarkable fire-fighting robot is an advanced tool developed to assist first responders in safely and efficiently combating industrial and HAZMAT fires,” Howe and Howe representatives add.
The Ripsaw has been doing duty in the military for years already, but most recently it has gained prominence as a sort of alternative-style SUV for the ultra (ultra) rich. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai, for example, has one. You can get them with two seats, four seats, with aircon and satellite radio or with assault rifle holders; it’s up to you, really.
The latest Ripsaw from Howe and Howe, though, is the EV3-F1. It is a single-seat twin-track super tank powered by a Hellcat-derived Hemi engine that can produce up to 1500 horsepower (1119kW). The vehicle’s cockpit is air-suspended for ultimate comfort when bashing over dunes or rocks upward of 75 miles per hour (120km/h), and the cockpit itself pops open like a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. If you want presence, and to arrive like no other person arrives then this is the ‘car’ for you.
Howe and Howe offer a few options when appointing the EV3-F1, including a diesel engine instead of the petrol Hemi-derived engine, although the oil-burner is still capable of producing 1000 horsepower (746kW). You can also opt for different final drive ratios, depending on how you plan to use the tank with top speeds ranging between 55mph (88km/h), 60mph (96km/h) or 75mph (120km/h). If you’re worried about spare parts, the tank is built using high-performance truck parts to ensure availability of repair items.
|Written by: Peter Mateus|