• Mar 6, 2006



The svelte 4x4 pictured above is Force Protection's Cougar, a "medium mine-protected vehicle" that makes a Humvee look, um, delicate.

The massive vehicle is nearly 20 feet long and over 8 feet wide, and has a curb weight of 15 tons. Motivated by a 330 hp Caterpillar diesel, the Cougar seats up to ten passengers, and everyone gets a four-point harness.

You just know that someone, somewhere is planning a candy-apple-red customized Cougar with another five tons worth of subwoofer's for SEMA. Don't say we didn't warn you.

(Thanks for the tip, Finished.Law.School!)

[Source: Force Protection]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd buy one if they made a hybrid. Recuperating the lost energy when you run over a Tahoe by mistake, that'll save some fuel!
      Cool.
      It seats 10, but do the seats fold flat?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "860 tq @ 1450 rpm says it is=)"

      That's a meager amount of power. 237 horsepower at 1450, and power quickly dropping off afterwards. 330hp is at 2400 rpm... Torque is down to 722 at that point.

      Torque is pretty worthless that far down, as it is not being multiplied by engine speed for much horsepower. Remember, a Toyota Prius, thanks to the characteristics of its hybrid drive, produces 295 lb.-ft of torque at a mere 1200 rpm.

      Torque tells you less about an engines actual capabilities than it does about shift points. Torque is constantly adjusted in relation to speed using gear ratios; the actual power is not changed.

      330 hp in a 30,000 lbs vehicle is a power:weight ratio of .011:1. That's the rough equivalent of a 35 hp lawnmower engine in a Chevy Impala.
      Socalzeppelin
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Cougar is cute and protects better than a standard Humvee, but the best protection against the IEDs (roadside bombs) for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is IONATRON's Joint IED Neutralizer (JIN). This company also is developing Laser Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC) directed-energy weapons for the military that will revolutionalize warfare. Check out their website at http://www.ionatron.com for more info.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Flareak, I'm sure this beast has gobs of torque.
      Corey Leland
      • 8 Years Ago
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      • 8 Years Ago
      5. 330 hp for 30,000 lbs...

      it's going nowhere.



      860 tq @ 1450 rpm says it is=)
      • 8 Years Ago
      The fact is that something like this, although very usefull isnt a true competitor to the hummer. This would be great for certain aspects of military travel but its size would limit it greatly. Besides that it probably gets about .00001 mile per gallon also making it less usable.

      I'd hate to be stopped in front of this thing at a traffic light. God forbid you dont go right when the light turns green the driver will probably never notice he just ran you over....LOL
      Skin Spa Encino
      • 8 Years Ago
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      Julie
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm wondering about changing the tires if, for some reason, they should go flat. That would be one heck of a jack to use, and I feel sorry for whoever is lifting the spare into place...
      Karen Thomas
      • 8 Years Ago
      God help us all! We have increased our crazy addiction to oil, by producing this large, gas-guzzling monster which can wreck havoc and destruction on a driver with a small car. When is this madness going to stop? 0 stars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3- you forgot that the soccer mom driving one of these would be yacking on a cell phone in one hand and slurping a Starbucks latte with the other and driving with her elbow.

      I saw a stupid baby boomer bitch reading a novel perched on the steering wheel while in rush hour on the I-5 last Friday. I was beside her for a minute or so and she'd glance up at the road every once in a while. How do these people make it to their 50s?

      Also, that Cougar site is cool, but what's with the landmine demo video? Sure, a mine will tear the shit out of a rusted- out old Chevy pickup, but why didn't they show what a Cougar would do on top of a mine?
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is just what we need; bigger road hogs wasting fuel that no-one can even see around - one good way to reduce the population! Grow up, you guys. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand why you need all that 'power'. Think with that thing that sits atop your shoulders for a change.
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