World’s fastest tank

For the man who has ev­ery­thing, a dual track racer with gull­wing doors

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — WR.

AMER­I­CAN com­pany Howe and Howe Tech­nolo­gies has an­nounced the Rip­saw Ex­treme Ve­hi­cle 2, which the com­pany de­scribed as a “the ul­ti­mate in ex­treme luxury”.

The orig­i­nal Rip­saw was built as a high-speed su­per tank for mil­i­tary use and it is still the world’s fastest dual track ve­hi­cle.

That was in 2012. In the two years since, Howe and Howe Tech re­fined the mil­i­tary spec race tank to ap­peal to “the high-end, luxury mar­ket” — read oil-rich Tex­ans and Sheiks.

Made to spec on a limited pro­duc­tion run at the fac­tory in Maine, lit­tle is known about the pri­vate Rip­saw’s tech­ni­cal de­tails, but en­gine size will pre­sum­ably be limited only to the buyer’s bud­get.

The demo model has 30 cm of sus­pen­sion travel on coil-over-oil rac­ing dampers, and over 600 diesel horse­power, with a hi-tech con­sole in­side to please any geek.

Set all the but­tons right and this dual track will jump snow drifts and even drift like a race car on ice at high speed.

On any other tank, drift­ing would re­sult in a lot of sprock­ets and im­por­tant bits com­ing off.

Howe and Howe said it takes six months to fab­ri­cate and can cost well into the 100s of thou­sands [of U.S. dol­lars] depend­ing on de­sired luxury and per­for­mance packages.

PHO­TOS: RIP­SAW AND YOUTUBE SCREEN GRAB

The Rip­saw is a be­spoke luxury tank for the man who has ev­ery­thing. Based on the mil­i­tary spec rip­saw (top right), billed as the fastest dual track ve­hi­cle on earth, each Rip­saw is built to client spec, with the en­gine limited only to the buyer’s bud­get.

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