• Jun 2nd 2011 at 4:50PM
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TARDEC CERV – Click above to watch video after the jump

The U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) demonstrated its Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) during a series of special events prior to the Indy 500.

The vehicle, which relies on Quantum's Q-Force diesel hybrid powertrain (a different flavor of the Q-Force, the Q-Drive, can be found in the Fisker Karma), offers remarkable fuel efficiency (it consumes 25 percent less fuel than a comparable, non-hybrid vehicle), can climb 60-percent grades, cranks out an insane 5,000 foot-pounds of torque and hits speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.

The story of the CERV combat vehicle, which is meant to be used for "quick-paced special operations-type missions involving reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting," dates back several years, when Quantum created the Military Aggressor, a fuel cell hybrid electric alternative mobility vehicle (AMV).

Returning to the CERV, we should mention that this is a stealthy vehicle that uses Quantum's Q-Force all-wheel drive diesel hybrid electric technology mounted on a lightweight chassis. The CERV can be transported to the battlefield by helicopter.

TARDEC director, Paul Skalny, says that:
In keeping with the Nation's interest in fuel efficiency, renewable power and energy security, TARDEC is fully engaged in ambitious programs that push development of hybrid electric vehicles for U.S. military use. Having CERV at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the proving ground from which both the defense and automotive industry have learned so much – is a solid indicator of where this technology can go.
Hit the jump to watch video detailing the CERV's powertrain and design.

[Source: TARDEC]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I particularly like the invisible armor plating.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You should be able to electrocute terrorists with the stron hybrid battery. fit a teslacoil on it :D q-drive same tech in the fisker karma. coool
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for sneaking up on mother fukers
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      off to fight new wars based on lies. how is it possible to be so vacuous..
      • 4 Years Ago
      To me, Diesel does not equal Clandestine. I assume you can kill the engine and move on just the electrics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Q-Drive for passenger cars. Q-Force for diesel-hybrid off-roaders. F-Drive for through-the-road light-trucks. BEV drive for the USPS. Quantum has more irons in the fire than most of the major marques - no wonder Fisker hooked up with them! (Not to mention their solar panels, their wind turbines, or their CNG and H2 tanks...)
      Ben Crockett
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how long before Arnie buys one of these.
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