• Dec 1, 2009
Amatoya Reconnaissance and Suppression Vehicle - Click above for image gallery

Designer Liam Ferguson's vision of how to fight fires almost makes us wish we were firemen – as long as we could have the keys to one of these. The Amatoya is a site recon and light tanker vehicle designed with a philosophy much more military than civilian. The seating position is like that of a AH-1 Cobra gunship, with the co-pilot up and behind the driver. The Amatoya is built on a monococque steel body, like armed forces MRAPs, insulated with NASA's aerogel, and painted with "military grade sacrificial thermo ceramic intumescent paints."

The Remotely Operated Suppression Cannon Outfit (ROSCO) can has a 2,200-liter (581 gallons) total water capacity, all the better for the fact that the crew members don't need to leave the vehicle to employ it. Nor should they have much problem getting to the fire, with absurd clearances all around, directional spotlights, and a thermal imaging camera. The only weak point would appear to be the rubber tires, which would melt long before the Space-Shuttle-worthy body would.

Still, we'd take one in a second. Take a peek at it yourself in the gallery of photos below.



[Source: Yanko Design]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Paint it olive green and replace the waterguns with .50 cals and it would be perfect for the next Halo.
        Lar7789789
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course Ford would make such an awesome looking vehicle. Ford makes the best looking vehicles period.

        Now Ford should market that to the Defense and Army as a possible weapons platform.
        That will give Ford some money in government contracts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Raptor eat your heart out. I'll take two.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Guns? Bah. Fill em with beer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Took the words out of my mouth. Bad ass looking vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is there anyone that thinks a reasomably priced consumer version would not sell?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, it does look a bit too big to be street worthy, even for US standards, but considering it was made to fight fires in distant and remote terrain, it seems pretty practical to me, especially with those new compresssed water bullets that one company is making...

      -G
      • 5 Years Ago
      This makes me want to be a fire fighter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One man's fire truck is another man's highly mobile water cannon and riot control vehicle. This thing has a lot of potential uses and I wouldn't be surprised to see it built for several markets.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I saw this I thought "If 'they' produce this, and can figure out to get around the ridiculously heavy non-compressable 2200L payload of evaporable water, that thing would be great over here in Australia". Then I saw that not only is it indeed from here anyway, but it's from Victoria where they need it most. ...and now instead of thinking 'cool American machine with great potential' I think 'silly Australian pipe dream with a fundamental flaw'. I guess I'm critical of my fellows!
      • 5 Years Ago
      but is it street legal?
      • 5 Years Ago
      No kidding, straight out of Halo, bet this thing would be killer as a Baja car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Having some experience driving in the woods, those water cannons are just begging to either get ripped off, damaged, or cause the vehicle to get hung up on something....
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should've called it Amatoya Reconnaissance, Suppression, and Extinguishing Vehicle, or ARSaEV for short.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Outta my way, stinkin' Prius!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want this...fully loaded.
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