Who says money doesn't buy happiness?
The closest we'll ever get to owning a tank is the day the Tesla Cybertruck finally launches, but until then, a second hand GMC Hummer, or an armored Mercedes S-Class will have to do. For those that have such an insatiable urge for a vehicle that runs on tracks instead of wheels, Hemmings Auctions might have the perfect solution: this absolutely insane 2020 Howe & Howe Ripsaw EV3-F4 Personal Recreational Tank. Sure it doesn't have any mounted .50 Cal machine guns, and you'll definitely die trying to drive over an IED in downtown Baghdad, but damn does this thing look fun! There's only one slight problem: you need close to half a million bucks to own this machine, and the auction closes soon.
So what exactly is this thing? Howe & Howe, based in Maine, is responsible for building mostly unmanned tanks for various military, firefighting, and police roles. These little terrors are built around a custom, high-strength tubular steel exoskeleton, and this one, in particular, has been built to accommodate humans - up to four of them. The vehicle weighs 10,000 pounds and features a ground clearance of 20 inches and a turning radius of eight feet. Keeping its passengers comfy is a set of custom King dual-rate shocks, and turning is taken care of by a yoke-style steering wheel. The actual tracks are constructed of ultra-high molecular mass polyethylene and are self-lubricating, so there are never any clogging issues to worry about.
The exterior features a welded steel exoskeleton, high-intensity LED lamps, an infrared bar, a remote image-stabilizing FLIR camera, and even a winch. Watertight cargo boxes in the back are perfect for keeping your snacks secure in case of a zombie apocalypse. Inside, this vehicle looks like a cross between a German sedan, and an F-16 fighter jet. In the front, you get heated and ventilated leather Recaro sport seats out of a BMW, a Bose aviation intercom system, two 12-inch Garmin touch screens that display outside video feeds, and there's even the option to fit the cameras with night vision. Starting the Ripshaw requires a brief interaction with a Safe-T-Lock digital keypad.
The Hope Ripshaw EV3-F4 (how badass is that name?) is powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 engine that has been tuned by Pacific Performance Engineering in California to produce a massive 800 horsepower and 1,500 lb-ft of torque.. Power is channeled to the tracks via a five-speed Allison extreme duty transmission. All that power equates to a top speed of 60 mph, making it the world's fastest dual-track vehicle according to Textron Systems, Howe's holding company.
Only six of these vehicles have been built, and this one has done less than a hundred miles. This Ripshaw will be sold with a clean Wyoming title and comes with an extra set of tracks and a spare parts package. We know it's a lot of money, but please, if you're reading this, buy this machine and come give the CarBuzz team a few rides.