Some people have to have a pretty wild side to want to chase down tornados, take photos and record what they can in the name of science, which is where Storm Chasers come into the picture. But the danger can be reduced with something like the SRV Dominator 3, a 2013 Ford Super Duty turned into a Tornado hunting tank.
Dominator 3 Ford Super Duty: Details
The video is titled “BEST Tornado Interception in History,” and it’s an 8-minute long video that documents how the so-called Team Dominator managed to get inside the Spalding, Nebraska tornado about a week ago, intercepting it with the help of the Dominator 3. According to motor1, the Ford Super Duty features a 16-gauge steel body, polycarbonate shatter-proof windows, and aftermarket air suspension capable of lowering the body closer to the ground. The four-person team inside the truck followed the storm for quite a bit before intercepting the tornado where it was crossing a stretch of road. The Dominator 3 protected everyone inside during the adrenaline-filled seconds when the tornado crossed over.
Towards the end of the video, the Dominator 3 can be seen with its wide open gullwing doors and the Super Duty’s original headlights hidden under a protective cover. The vehicle’s stock interior can also be seen at one point in the video. By sitting through the tornado’s eye, vital data was collected to help meteorologists better understand how tornadoes work. No containers filled with lightweight transmitters are needed.
Storm chasing is not for the faint of heart, as the data collected by the crew during this latest tornado intercept pointed to a maximum wind speed of over 140 miles per hour, which is truly brutal—great job to the engineering team that upgraded the Ford Super Duty to stand up against such winds. Check the video out if you have time; you’ll lose track of the 8 minutes amid the action.