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THE RIPSAW IS A PERSONAL TANK WITH DURAMAX DIESEL POWER: PHOTO GALLERY

It’s Supercar Money, But Is Far More Practical, And Arguably More Fun

Ripsaw
All photos by and for MuscleCarsandTrucks.com

The Ripsaw has been around for a few years now, but aside from the glamour shots, there aren’t many detailed photos to peer over. Until now, where we at MC&T are able to deliver you exclusive photos from last month’s 2019 SEMA Show. Even during the sensory overload that took place over several days, it’s hard for the massive Ripsaw to hide. And with uncertain economic forecasts, global tensions, and unpredictable weather patterns, this Duramax diesel powered tank might be the perfect vehicle to live out the 2020’s.

Originally designed and built for the military as a light weight, go fast super tank, Howe & Howe Tech seemed to accidentally create the fastest dual tracked vehicle ever developed, and has quickly found esteemed personalities such as Jay Leno and Richard Hammond in the cockpit for testing.

Ripsaw

The Ripsaw can be configured in three different cabin configurations: a single seater, a two-seater, and a four-seater. Even more abundant is the variety of engine choices, as the 6.6L Duramax diesel engine starts with 550 horsepower, but can be tuned to 800 or even 1,000 horsepower. Although if you prefer a gas engine, the Ripsaw offers two outputs of 729 hp and a whopping 1,500 horsepower. But have fun filling this thing up, as it weighs a monumental 8,500 lbs. In case things become insurmountable, there’s a 15,000-pound winch strapped to the hindquarters of this off-road vehicle.

Should you be in the market for your own personal tank, Howe & Howe Tech is selling it to customers in limited quantities and can cost as much as half a million dollars. Which is a small price to pay for a vehicle that will likely end up as your daily driver during the end times. Park it in your bunker next to your AEV Prospector XL, or perhaps your Rezvani Tank Military Edition. Just whatever you do, be sure to bring home MREs and toilet paper while you’re out having fun in that thing.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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