Thu Oct 24 2013 15:45:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Fred Williams’ Fourth of July celebration ended early when his firework was promptly doused with water by Fort Hunter Liggett Fire Department’s 2011 Oshkosh Striker 3000 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle in the opening scene of the most recent Dirt Every Day Episode, which was fittingly released on the 4th of July. Michelin 24R21 XZL tires, along with Oshkosh TAK-4 six wheel independent suspension with dual control arms and single coil springs (providing up to 16 inches of wheel end travel) allow the Striker to be an extremely maneuverable and stable all-terrain aircraft rescue vehicle. Naturally, Williams wasn’t content with just looking at the Striker, instead requesting that fire fighter Ken Hanna take the aircraft rescue vehicle off-roading on Camp Fort Hunter Liggett, the 165,000-acre Army reserve base on the central coast of California. Hanna demonstrates a 0-60 mph acceleration in this episode; specifications tout an acceleration of 0 to 50 mph in 35 seconds. He then conquers a steep hill climb, demonstrating the Striker’s 60% grade ascend/descend capability. The Striker has a top speed of 70 mph.
Tue May 21 2013 17:03:34 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1977 Lamborghini Cheetah Prototype.
The Cheetah was Lamborghini's first attempt at an off-road vehicle. It was built on contract from Mobility Technology International (MTI), which in turn was contracted by the US military to design and build a new all-terrain vehicle. The basis of the design came from MTI, and was largely a copy of FMC's XR311 prototype developed for the military in 1970. This resulted in legal action from FMC against MTI and Lamborghini in 1977 when the Cheetah was presented at the Geneva Motor Show. The XR311 and Cheetah could be considered progenitors of the current Humvee.
The Cheetah was built in San Jose, California. After initial construction, the prototype was sent to Sant'Agata so Lamborghini could put on the finishing touches. They decided to go with a large, waterproofed 180 bhp 5.9L Chrysler engine, rear mounted, with a 3 speed automatic transmission. The body was fiberglass, and inside there was enough room for four fully equipped soldiers as well as the driver.
The mounting of the engine in the rear gave the Cheetah very poor handling characteristics, and the engine choice was not powerful enough to be adequate for the heavy vehicle (2,042 kilograms (4,500 lb)), resulting in overall poor performance.
The only finished prototype was never tested by the US military, only demonstrated to them by its designer, Rodney Pharis. It was later sold to Teledyne Continental Motors by MTI and is apparently still in the US.
In the end, the military contract was awarded to AM General and their similar looking Humvee.
The failure of the Cheetah project, along with Lamborghini financial problems, led to the cancellation of a contract from BMW to develop their M1 sports car.
Lamborghini eventually developed the Lamborghini LM002 — a similar design, but with a 12-cylinder motor from the Lamborghini Countach mounted in the front.
Wed Mar 27 2013 18:39:59 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Not much is known about this next truck, apart from that it hails from Russia, the truck insurance on it would be astronomical because of the modifications, and it is apparently called the Dragon Tank Truck. It seems to be made from large sheets of metal that have been artfully arranged and welded together. Fully functional and still capable of hauling, it would certainly be a sight to see when cruising down the roads!