There are very few people in this world who would wonder, “what would happen if I made a jeep that could fly?” It seems more like the kind of thing you’d make a rough crayon sketch of in kindergarten than it does something someone would actually sit down and seriously draft up. But someone out there, well—they…
One intrepid driver took a five-ton U.S. Army military truck on a Tuff Truck course—the kind usually reserved for blowing the suspension out of old Dodge Durangos—and promptly launched himself into the awaiting arms of the angels.
Seeing a late-model Toyota Hilux in the U.S.A. is a rare and special occasion. Seeing one here dressed for war is, uh, actually a little disconcerting. But we’ll take the manufacturer license plate to mean this thing comes in peace. For now.
Many people will tell you that if you live in a city you need a small, compact hatchback to get around. A “city car,” they’ll say. This is bullshit, because the actual cars that park and drive around the middle of Manhattan are Oshkosh Medium Tactical Vehicles.
I suppose it’s possible that you weren’t aware that it was Thailand’s National Army Day on January 18th—that may explain why I didn’t get a card or a call from you or anything. That’s okay, I’m not mad, because I’ve just learned that Thailand is still using a good number of beautifully-maintained Volkswagen Type 181s…
If you have an Erector Set laying around somewhere, congratulations! You’re properly equipped to make an accurate scale model of a new military vehicle concept, the Partisan One. The Partisan One is a rugged, wildly basic 4x4 that’s built from a simple frame of right angles and bolt-on parts. It’s supposed to be…
A U.S. military aircraft crashed in rural Mississippi on Monday, leaving sixteen service members dead, according to the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mitch Powell served two tours in Iraq before leaving the military last year due to an injury. The veteran returned to Virginia Beach in 2006 and decided to buy a giant M35 military cargo truck just like what he once rode in as a soldier, which the city is now forbidding him from parking in his yard.
Recently I came across this ad for a Volkswagen Iltis, the interesting VW jeep that was the starting point for Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel drive system. While I was sliding down the Iltisian rabbit hole, I learned about something really odd: there was a version of the Iltis badged as a Citroën. From there I…
Most military vehicles—tanks, HUMVEEs, duck tours boats—are resoundingly horrible to drive and virtually impossible to use as a normal vehicle. Not so with the 1970s Volvo C303, which is built to defeat the Soviet Union but can happily drive around town.
The Ferret Scout Car is an armored and turreted war machine designed in the 1940s. More than 4,000 copies in some 60 variants are said to have been made, and few of them are even still in military service. But only one has a Chevy V8, long-travel shocks and a freaking winch cannon. Oh, and a racing champion at the…
The craziest high-tech innovation to hit the battlefield in ages boasts millimeters-thick sheet metal, black powder time bombs, battering-blades and a heavy armament of bottle rockets. No—it isn’t the advanced replacement to the M1 Abrams battle tank, it’s the Ghanaian Kantanka and it’s laughably terrifying.
Not all war-fighting equipment and vehicles are well-thought-out or properly designed. These are 10 ten of the most beautiful, bizarre, and bold prototypes that never quite made it to combat.
There are many long-lived military vehicles. Build anything cheap enough and simple enough, and some air force will keep it in use for decades. It takes something special to be magnificently short lived.
Designers had to get creative in the early days of weaponizing motorized transportation. In one case during the First World War, that meant building a 37mm cannon into the middle of a V8 aero engine.
I guess the Bradley Fighting Vehicle didn’t exactly intimidate the things.
This is most obvious when looking at airplane history, but vehicle technology takes huge leaps in wartime. Little makes us as good as developing transportation as our desire to kill each other.
See that little yellow thing in front of that plane? Yeah, that's a Volkswagen Tiguan.
If you want to see real monster trucks, you've got to to to Central Europe.