Despite the usual “EV” abbreviation, the tracked vehicle of American Howe and Howe Tech company isn’t an electrocar, but “an extreme vehicle”. This is a title given by brothers Mike and Jeoff Howe to their civil vehicles based on the military “Ripsaw” platform. In 2011 Howe and Howe Tech showed its first civil “extreme vehicle” titled Ripsaw EV1. It was a tracked vehicle with an open body, which consisted of panels made of aircraft aluminium and steel and a frame made of chromomolybdic tubes. GM Duramax diesel engine together with a hydraulic displacement transmission allowed this 4-tonne car to accelerate to 80 km/h in 5,5 seconds! And the light high-strength chain tracks with rubber elements provided it with a cross-country ability.
The current Ripsaw EV2 is considered to be “a luxury supertank of the highest class”. Although, in reality it isn’t a tank, but the fastest dual tracked vehicle, which has been significantly improved and upgraded. The new Ripsaw EV2 model is powered with 6.6L Duramax diesel with 600hp and has got a comfortable close cabin and gull-wing doors. Also, it features a sealed aerospace aluminum hull, which allows this vehicle to float, a clutching system that is performance-oriented, a unique climbing capability and zero-degree turning radius. All these characteristics make Ripsaw EV2 very nimble and all-terrain.
The base price of this model is $295 thousand, but it may change depending on the customer’s demands. By the way, you can also appraise the incredible capabilities of Ripsaw EV2, having watched the video below.