Do you have an army of enemies that make your daily commute a puzzle? Wish you could go through virtually anything? Well, Auctions might have exactly what you need as a 2020 Howe & Howe Ripsaw EV3-F4 Super Luxury Tank is up for grabs.
Yes, you read that right, I said “super deluxe tank”. The folks at Howe & Howe spend a lot of their time designing fairly knotty vehicles for the military. But it also makes civilian versions of these vehicles, like this beast 800-horsepower turbodiesel V8.
Ripsaw’s story begins with brothers Mike and Geoff Howe. Like their site Explain, both like to tinker with machines. After trying to blow up a stove when they were kids and turn a school bus into a mobile concert stage, the duo went off-roading. In 2001 they built the first Ripsaw and things snowballed from there. The Howes would build tracked vehicles of all shapes and sizes seeking military contracts.
Finally, in 2014, the team launched the Ripsaw EV2 into the wild. This savage machine generated enough buzz that the Ripsaw began to appear in movies like GI Joe: Retaliation and later versions of Ripsaw in Mad Max: Fury Road and the fate of the furious.
This Ripsaw EV3-F4 is one of the latest civilian Ripsaw and it comes with mind-blowing specs.
Behind the cab is a Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 producing 800 hp and 1,500 lb-ft of torque. This goes through an Allison 1000 transmission and shifts the 10,000 pound beast at a speed of 60 mph. Howe & Howe claim it is the fastest double-track vehicle in the world. It also has a 64 gallon tank, which allows it to cover long distances. These specifications correspond to those cited elsewhere, as in Diesel World.
It travels on polyurethane tracks and the cabin would have a ground clearance of 20 inches.
This Ripsaw carries four occupants who pass through the gullwing doors and sit in heated and cooled Recaro leather seats.
The driver controls the tank using a yoke, which is connected to a drive-by-wire system. In previous Ripsaws, the flywheel steered the tank through the use of hydraulic clutches, which would slow down a set of tracks. It’s unclear if that same system is in place here, but whatever, check those interior brakes!
The driver’s command center includes digital gauges that can be used with night vision goggles, an infrared light bar, and a FLIR camera.
You also get tons of storage, a giant winch, and a tubular steel exoskeleton. Howe & Howe also offered heated steering wheels, heated windshields and optional air conditioning for the Ripsaws, but it’s unclear if they’re present here.
The seller claims this is one of six models built in this configuration. Howe & Howe say it only builds a handful a year, so there is a possibility that the claim is fair. He also only has 98 miles on the clock!
The price of one of these new ones is $ 500,000, Remarks Interesting engineering, and that doesn’t include any customization you can ask the Howe & Howe team to do. This currently sits at $ 130,000 with 10 days to go to the Hemmings auction. Buyer gets title, but I’m not sure it’s road legal anywhere. The reserve is not yet filled, but I am willing to bet that it will be very expensive.