June 27, 2011

World’s Most Unstoppable Vehicle - Marauder

‘TOP GEAR’ the BBC’s leading motoring show has tested the ‘world’s most unstoppable vehicle’ after it put a Paramount Group MARAUDER through a series of challenges.

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The Marauder is an armoured mine protected vehicle that is produced by the Paramount Group in South Africa. It was launched during the 2007 International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and Conference in Abu Dhabi, the largest arms exhibition in the Middle East.
With a curb weight of 9,800 kg and a payload weight of 4,500 kg, the Marauder was developed for reconnaissance and peacekeeping missions, and is able to carry a crew of ten, including a driver and commander.

The vehicle was originally designed to operate in urban settings and build-up and confined areas, and is therefore smaller in both size and weight when compared to the Matador (Mine Protected Vehicle), another armoured, mine protected vehicle from the Paramount Group stable. The Marauder – which has the option of 4x4 or a 6x6 vehicle configuration – has a shorter wheelbase and a tighter turning circle, which makes it extremely agile and maneuverable.

The Marauder has a cruising speed of around 100km/h, and a maximum range of up to 1,000 kilometres (620mi).

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In the final test – which has never before been attempted on Top Gear – a Marauder and a Hummer were blown up in explosions simulating the roadside bombs faced daily in conflict zones. The Hummer was totally destroyed, but the Marauder was barely damaged and drove away from the explosion and into the South African sunset.

1 Responses to “World’s Most Unstoppable Vehicle - Marauder”

Jon said...
July 6, 2011 at 6:43 AM

You are aware that TopGear is an entertainment show and their test are for entertainment purpose and no real test? For example that wall is fake, you can see on bbc top gear website how the stunts in the show are set up.

Just to let you know because you seem to try hard to make people believe those tests were real.

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