Some of the fastest and most expensive cars in the world roll through Jay Leno's Garage – we're pretty sure this fits mostly in the latter category. Army General Dennis Via brought the US government's new Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator prototype troop transporter for Leno to check out and take for a spin. We're sure there were more than a few surprised residents and motorists in the LA area when Leno took the massive FED out for a late-night test drive.

The FED employs plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum as a weight-reducing measure, which helps give this four-seater a 30-percent improvement in fuel economy over current military vehicles. Yet even after such a significant increase in efficiency, the FED only gets seven miles per gallon. Under the carbon fiber hood, the FED is powered by a turbocharged and supercharged Cummins four-cylinder engine putting out 200 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. That helps produce enough power to allow the 15,000-pound FED to have a top speed of almost 75 miles per hour.

In the near term, lessons learned on the FED will be applied to current military vehicles most likely including the seat design and seatbelt harnesses aimed at reducing injuries in the case that the vehicle runs over an explosive device. Scroll down to watch Leno crawl in, on and under the FED.


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      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'m sure there is a reason for it; but I\'m trying to figure out the point of using carbon fiber on something they are going to end up strapping armor plates to.
        Scott C. Anderson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cayman
        That's the point .. The CF mass reductions allow you to add armor to further protect the soldiers above and beyond base condition and still weigh less than HMVEE to enable better vase and armored fuel economy and protection without increasing GVWR.. HMVEE was never meant to be armored .. They where GP replacements that am where forced into IED protection, and heave armor situations .. So they are at or beyond GVWR rating when armored,. Making them breakdown more and use more fuel.. Plus thier flat bottomed which was great in the 70s when they where designed to fight Russians and for easy modular upfitting, but horrible for IED blasts
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know that the US military has been looking for to replace their Humvees for over a decade now and this US military-created prototype may be a good look at what will ultimately be that replacement. Who would have thought that finding ways to counter IEDs would prove to be so costly and be such a major engineering and design challenge? However, just as the Humvee was designed to go against the Soviet Union and didn't, will the Humvee's replacement be designed to challenge not only our current enemies, but be capable to go against a yet to be defined enemy as well? To paraphrase that old axiom, "Generals start their Next War by fighting their Last War"; hopefully, whatever that replacement may be, it will be able to protect our soldiers now and in the future.
        Sol
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rmt_1
        I'm pretty sure this isn't what the HMMWV replacement will be though it does look similar to the General Dynamics JLTV entry
          rmt_1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sol
          I never meant to imply that this prototype would be the replacement, but that any replacement would use design elements from this prototype, like the door arrangement that could provide cover to its occupants during entry or exit and the "V" hull shape to the bottom of it to channel the force of a bomb blast away from the vehicle.
      Anderlan
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, does it work well as a generator (better than the crappy 200W from a regular alternator)? Does it have regen and a good generator buffer (battery)?
      EZEE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dan\'s Angry Wrath of God Review: :( Not EV :( Not Aero :( Not light weight :( Not cheap :( Performance and special bonus :( - military. 6 out of 5 :( Angry Dan\'s - Locusts, sulfer, moon is blood, trumpet playing, seventh seal is broken, Republicans re-elected... The Apocalypse is Nigh...
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EZEE
        I thought it was funny. I just pictured Dan's head exploding. :) Okay. Now I'm really laughing, picturing soldiers driving a Dan-mobile!
        Marcopolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EZEE
        @ EZEE I don't think AB readers are familiar with the DF reference....
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      So if it is so fuel efficient why doesn't the article tell us the MPG?
        RainMotorsports
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Uh it says it gets seven mpg. I think the issue is you were looking for a numeric respresentation.
        Ben Mathis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        As stated in the second paragraph: "the FED only get seven miles per gallon."
        Blackie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        "Yet even after such a significant increase in efficiency, the FED only gets seven miles per gallon."
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        @ Spec.... Shame....not reading the article....SHAME.....!
        rmt_1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Actually, in paragraph 2-line 3, it clearly says, "the FED only get seven miles per gallon".
        Just Stuff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Please read the article be for making comments. Quote " the FED only get seven miles per gallon"
        rmt_1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        The video at about the 3:45 minute mark, it was said that the vehicle gets about 7 mpg, a 30% improvement over similar vehicles.
        Jim R
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        They mentioned 7 MPG in the video. Which doesn't sound great, but considering that thing weighs more than 7 tons and has the aerodynamics of a barn door,..
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        I just gave myself a thumbs down! ;-)
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        If we can get just six more people to quote the article to Spec, that would be an even dozen!
      Bamboo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jay sucks as an interviewer. It was almost unwatchable. Almost felt bad for the General and engineer. But the vehicle was awesome. Can't wait to see something like it on base.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bamboo
        He kept interrupting the engineer. My fiance said he came off as a chauvinist.
          activex101
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          I noticed that too. He completely cut her off mid sentence when he was talking about the lever to switch to 4-wheel mode.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bamboo
        He sucks as a comedian too, and muddles by a s a host. Never understood how he got to be where he is
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      All that size/ weight and it only carries 4 people?
        iKingston
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shiftright
        You're obviously not in the military. There is no need for it carry any more than 4 seeing as a squad is 9-10 soldiers and a squad is split into Alpha and Bravo teams. Also, when equipped with a turret port this will be able to carry 5 soldiers.
        Kyle Speck
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shiftright
        all that size and weight comes from the very heavy and bulky armor, heavy duty suspension (remember its top speed is 75 but it can probably do that through mud, sand and rocks as well), safety equipment (notice the fire extinguishers?), and that includes the weight of mission equipment (ie. full battle rattle, weapons, med kits, ect)
      Brent Schmidt
      • 1 Year Ago
      General, not Geneneral. Also, love seeing our money spent on this POS rather than letting us soldiers continue getting tuition assistance while we're still serving. http://www.ncosupport.com/military-news/tuition-stop.html
      josielua
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come on Jay... get your production people to buy an addition wireless mic for your guests. YOU come across loud and clear, but we cannot hear your guests.
        You missed it
        • 1 Year Ago
        @josielua
        It would make more sense to post this comment on Jay Leno's Garage site, not here.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      K
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about no more wasted space on Jay Leno (in italics!)..? Nice that he has thousands of cars and hundreds of millions in cash...but his automotive opinion is still irrelevant.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      It may be "efficient", but does it burn that ridiculous $60/gal biofuel?
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