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AddDARPA targets a future of lightweight, more mobile armor

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, are kind of like the black mages of the US Department of Defense, coming up with the most cutting edge, and consequently, most classified projects for this great nation of ours. While there are a number of things it probably isn't talking about, the secretive service is discussing the future of armored warfare.

3Army targets 40-percent weight reduction in armored vehicles

In the auto industry, lightweight vehicles are all the craze. Ford is building an aluminum F-150, carbon fiber is steadily becoming more common and lightweight, high-strength steel is incorporated in even the most affordable of vehicles. The military is not immune to this trend, according to a new report from Military.com, which claims the US Army is targeting a 40-percent weight reduction in its armored vehicles.

27Schwarzenegger buys a tank, wants you to crush things with him for charity

Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most charismatic guys around. He could take a ridiculous movie like Commando and turn it into an action classic with his sheer force of will. Despite being in semi-retirement, Schwarzenegger appears to be having more fun than ever. His latest stunt is raffling off a chance to hang out with him for a day for charity and crush stuff in his tank. To make things even cooler, the star is proving what the heavy vehicle can do by running a variety of objects over in

51MTT-136 treaded electric sled is far more awesome than its name

Quebec may not be the first place that comes to mind when it comes to building motorized vehicles, particularly in comparison to its neighboring province of Ontario. But French Canada has given us some rather interesting modes of transportation, from the Bombardier Ski-Doo and Can-Am Spyder to the Campagna T-Rex and Magnum MK5. But this latest invention, well, we're not quite sure what to call it.

24Dutch tank takes brake test to the extreme

We have all seen the team-building exercise where people fall backward and trust other team members to catch them. The Dutch military has its own version, where a Leopard tank barrels towards a group at full speed and everyone hopes it stops in time. It's like a your average brake test, but with a 68.7-ton tank in place of a car and human life on the line.

39Prop-driven VW Beetle hopes to land in Bonneville [w/video]

Sometimes you meet folks who, when they tell you "Hey, I have an idea," your reflex response is to stop what you're doing and tell yourself, "Get ready...." We imagine Mike Niemans is one of those folks, and the idea in question is putting a tank engine on a Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle. Not just any old tank engine – as if there were such a thing when we're talking about putting them in cars – but a 668-cubic-inch, 220-horsepower radial engine built by Continental in 1941 and procured f

42Syrian rebels show off their inner A-Team with homemade tank

Going up against an organized military must be quite a challenge, but Syrian rebels have used a little ingenuity to give themselves a fighting chance in the country's civil war. Judging by the fact that the uprising has lasted for more than a year now, the fighters definitely have skills in weapons and military tactics, but some of the rebels have displayed a different sort of skill by busting out their torches and welders to create this homemade tank.

AddUncle Sam Wants You To Design An Amphibious Tank [VIDEO]

The U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, commonly known as DARPA, is offering $4 million in prizes for the design of a next generation amphibious infantry fighting vehicle. Competitors can register for the FANG (fast, adaptable, next generation ground vehicle) design challenges on DARPA's VehicleForge website.

49Track N Go treads dangerously close to awesome

Clearly, we weren't the only ones who spent the better part of their childhoods building all manner of strange and wonderful Lego vehicles. We're pretty sure we had this design knocked out back in the early 80s, but as far as we know, exactly no one has figured out how to fit easily removable tracks to a conventional vehicle in real life. We've seen some pretty neat track conversions, mind you, but they've always required a fair bit of work and the removal of a vehicle's wheels. But not the Trac

13eBay Find of the Day: 2002 Subaru WRX makes tracks into our heart [w/video]

Among the many exploits of Ken Block we've posted on over the years, we've always loved this video of his Subaru WRX STI fitted with tracks at all four corners. So when we got a tip on an eBay Motors auction for a similarly equipped WRX, we were tempted to head up I-75 to check out the car in person.

31Hybrid Army tank renderings, some specs revealed

New renderings and some specifications for the hybrid-electric U.S. Army tank that's been in the works for more than four years have been revealed.

187Small town up in arms over armored transport vehicle purchase [w/video]

Despite tight budgets at all levels of government, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still giving local law enforcement agencies military vehicles. According to a report in The Huffington Post, a small town in New Hampshire was set to receive an armored personnel vehicle before one local resident launched a petition drive to block the acquisition.

21The Iguana 29 is a $290,000 amphibious tank

There's a vehicle for you if you have reoccurring nightmares about uncertain river crossings in the classic computer game Oregon Trail. The Iguana 29 is an amphibious vehicle designed to slowly go where no boat has gone before.

15Infographic: The ins and outs of owning a tank

Tanks are a unique form of wheeled transportation. Performance is measured not in terms of speed or quickness, but how much destruction a tank can dish out and absorb in return. Tanks played a huge role in the first and second World Wars, but in our modern age of unmanned drone warfare and undetectable teams of special operators, these iron-sided bears have become to military aficionados what a Duesenberg is to a classic car collector. And thus, owning your own tank may be as attractive a propos

21Watch this R/C tank tow a real Toyota SUV

It's no Ford F-150, but this toy tank earns our respect for its towing prowess nonetheless. That second-generation Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Model 90 weighs over two tons, but the not-so-little remote control tank seems to have no problem pulling it through a parking lot to the amusement of quite a few onlookers.

15Video: Russian strap-on tank conversion kit?

Russian strap-on tank treads – Click above to watch video

13Ripsaw MS1: Fastest two-track vehicle on terra firma?

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11U.S. Army looks to Quantum for mobile hydrogen refuelling

We've mentioned fuel cell manufacturer Quantum a few times recently in conjunction with their hydrogen storage systems being selected by General Motors for the fleet of fuel cell powered Equinoxes GM are building, plus via their supply of hydrogen fuel systems and storage to Ford for its Escape Hydrogen Hybrid.

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