Local Motors DARPA XC2V – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Typically when the Pentagon puts out a tender for a new contract, it goes to to established defense contractors. Not so with the new XC2V FlypMode combat vehicle. This time, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) crowd-sourced the project, meaning that it opened up the contract to the general public to design.

The result is the vehicle you see here. Designed by the same Local Motors behind the Rally Fighter, the XC2V – shorthand for Experimental Crowd-derived Combat-support Vehicle – is, for the time being at least, a "proof of principle project," so we're not likely to see it go into production any time soon.

Whatever becomes of this impressively capable-looking vehicle, that Local Motors managed to put the whole thing together in just 14 weeks could be the most impressive part of all. Especially considering it would probably take us longer to build a kit car, and those have all the components and instructions ready to go. Follow the jump to watch the time-lapse video of the build from start to finish.

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DARPA's Defense Manufacturing Efforts Support White House Vision

June 24, 2011

Adaptive Vehicle Programs Highlighted During Presidential Event

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recognizes that to innovate we must make and to protect we must produce. That understanding has prompted the Agency to plan to invest $1B over five years in manufacturing innovation for defense systems.

During an event today at the National Robotics Engineering Center, President Barack Obama addressed the key roles that advanced research in collaboration with government and industry can play in enhancing the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, jumpstarting job creation and the process of bringing ideas to market.

DARPA's Experimental Crowd-derived Combat Support Vehicle (XC2V) was highlighted as an example of the power of collaboration and the democratization of innovation at the event. The XC2V is the first crowd-sourced, militarily relevant vehicle design. The DARPA XC2V effort, asked non-traditional DoD performers, small businesses, universities and the general public to contribute innovative ideas for a vehicle body designed to accomplish the critical mission tasks of combat resupply and medical evacuation. More than 150 credible designs were submitted, with the winning design taking less than fourteen-weeks to build.

XC2V was a proof of principle project to increase DARPA's understanding of crowd-sourcing as an approach to the development of complex military platforms in support of the Agency's Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) portfolio of programs.

According to Paul Eremenko, DARPA program manager, "AVM seeks to compress development timelines five fold to accelerate product development, and lower the barrier to participation in innovation and manufacturing."

An opportunity currently exists for innovative ideas to support a crtical element of the AVM portfolio-learn more about the Component, Context, and Manufacturing Model Library 1 (C2M2L-1) effort.

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      Wow, I had no idea we had so many defense engineers here! Fact of the matter is, you have no idea what this concept is for. Sure, an Oshkosh might be better if you hit a landmine, but maybe that is not the focus of this concept. From the looks of it, the focus is it being lightweight, maneuverable, and have better than average off road capability with some protection. Fact of the matter is, without knowing the mission that this PROTOTYPE is designed for, it is pretty tough to call it a failure.
      Chris Greatland
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gotta love the military-industrial projects. Amazing tech evrey time....when used ror death, power and/or control. http://www.moneychameleon.com
      Soul Shinobi
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks like a disaster for people to get in and out of when seating 4.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a joke. I think I'd rather be in an Oshkosh if I hit a landmine than this thing. Suspended seats to absorb impacts, deflections on the bottom of the body, etc. Oh, and the piss poor renderings were a joke when that design won in the first place.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey I just seen that in person just a few minutes ago it look nice I would buy if I could. Military personal get all the cool toys
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Vistacruiser lives!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm wondering if that frame bracing on top of the engine compartment is wise from a maintenance standpoint. It's gonna make small stuff harder to do (working around the bracing) and major stuff necessitate a vehicle hoist and scissor lift (versus a simple crane) plus tons of labor to pull the engine/tranny out the bottom. Potentially scary?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The original VW beetle and the Porsche 356 models all required the engine/tranny to come out the bottom. converted a Super 90 into a Carrerra in a small garage using a floor jack and jack stands. No problem. Everything drops out and there it is, all exposed.
      Bryan Hunt
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay so didn't Tucker do this exact thing like 1940? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tucker-armored-car.jpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bryan Hunt
      • 4 Years Ago
      Time for Bustah to make a comeback. FYPMODE SQUAD! :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would hardly call it a prototype since the body is fiberglass and the windows look like eighth inch plexiglass. I know welding a armored steel body would take a long time but i really dont understand the big deal
      • 4 Years Ago
      FAIL. I like the magic suspension! Must have some neat invisible portal axles!
      • 4 Years Ago
      uh... that 2+3 config... dead bodies only?
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