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Marauder armored vehicle featured in Top Gear [video]

Claimed to be the "world’s most unstoppable vehicle"

Top Gear episode 1 of season 17 aired last night on the BBC featuring a high-mobility armoured personnel carrier called the Marauder.

Claimed to be the "world’s most unstoppable vehicle" the Marauder can provide protection against mines, IEDs and ballistic attack. It can also carry up to 10 fully armed troops and can be configured in a number of variants depending on the role.

Designed and built by the Paramount Group of South Africa, Top Gear sent co-host Richard Hammond there to put the Marauder through a series of extreme challenges. Without breaking a sweat, the Marauder flattened cars, smashed through brick walls and fended off attacks by hungry lions in the South African bush. As a finale, a Marauder and a Hummer were blown up in explosions simulating the roadside bombs faced daily in conflict zones. The Hummer was totally destroyed, but the Marauder was barely damaged and drove away.

Ivor Ichikowitz, the Executive Chairman of the Paramount Group, said: “Despite the fun working with Top Gear, it is important to remember soldier protection is a very serious issue for armies worldwide. We are talking about saving lives. With this type of technology available and the ever present threat of IED’s there really is no excuse for governments not to provide the best protected vehicles for their defence forces."

Weighing around 15 tons, the Marauder can carry 3 tons, hit a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph), can be used as an infantry patrol vehicle, a command center or an ambulance while withstanding explosions of 14kg of TNT under its wheels and 7kg under its hull as well as rocket attacks.

See the press release below for more details.

Source: Paramount Group

World's ‘Most Unstoppable Vehicle' Showcased on Top Gear

Paramount Group's Marauder defeats ‘terrorist' explosions, brick walls and wild lions

‘TOP GEAR' the BBC's leading motoring show has discovered the ‘world's most unstoppable vehicle' after it put a Paramount Group MARAUDER through a series of seemingly impossible challenges.

Over 10 million UK viewers saw the Marauder, which is designed and built by the Paramount company of South Africa, take on and pass all the tests it was set by Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond in the urban jungles of Johannesburg, South Africa.

South Africa is world renowned for producing some of the best protected and most technologically innovative armoured vehicles in the world.

During the programme, which is watched by 350 million viewers globally and was broadcast in the UK on Sunday 26th June, Marauder flattened cars, smashed through brick walls and defied attacks by hungry lions in the South African bush.

In the final test - which has never before been attempted on Top Gear - a Marauder and a Hummer were blown up in explosions simulating the roadside bombs faced daily in conflict zones. The Hummer was totally destroyed, but the Marauder was barely damaged and drove away from the explosion and into the South African sunset.

Richard Hammond also took Marauder on an entertaining tour of Johannesburg and almost brought South Africa's largest city to a complete standstill.

Stunned onlookers watched in awe as the bright red Marauder roared through the crowded streets, exciting pedestrians and totally dominating the usually busy roads.

Hammond even managed to order a burger while driving through a McDonald's, although he did demolish a number of security bollards in the process.

Ivor Ichikowitz, the Executive Chairman of the Paramount Group, said: "It is not surprising that Top Gear wanted to know more about Marauder and used it on their programme, because it is one of the toughest vehicles in the world. We challenged Richard Hammond to throw anything he wanted at it and Marauder withstood it all.

"Despite the fun working with Top Gear, it is important to remember soldier protection is a very serious issue for armies worldwide. We are talking about saving lives. With this type of technology available and the ever present threat of IED's there really is no excuse for governments not to provide the best protected vehicles for their defence forces.

"Personnel can be assured that when travelling in Marauder they are in one of the world's toughest vehicles. South Africa, and Paramount Group in particular, has a rich tradition of providing some of the most innovative and best protected vehicles in the world and Marauder is one such vehicle."

Marauder is a high-mobility armoured personnel carrier with outstanding levels of protection against mines, IEDs and ballistic attack. It can carry up to 10 fully armed troops and can be configured in a number of variants depending on the role. It is extremely flexible and is a true infantry workhorse.

Marauder - 10 things you didn't know!

1. Marauder is actually three vehicles in one. It can be produced as an infantry patrol vehicle, a command centre and even an ambulance!

2. With long range fuel tanks added it can travel an extra 500km - making it ideal for long range patrols.

3. Marauder can survive explosions of 14kg of TNT under its wheels and 7kg under its hull - making it one of the world's toughest vehicles.

4. Whether sitting in the boiling heat of +55°C or the freezing temperatures of -32°C, occupants can stay cool or warm with the ultra modern climate control system.

5. Marauder can literally swim! It has a fording depth of half the vehicle - making it ideal for rugged and wet terrain.

6. It has special ‘run flat' tyre inserts which means that the tyres can be perforated by 12.7mm bullet rounds and still keep rolling for at least another 50km!

7. Marauder weighs around 15 tons but can be loaded up to 18 tons when fully laden!

8. The vehicle can be fitted with an IED jammer - making it the enemy of terrorists worldwide.

9. Anti blast seats protect troops from roadside bombs and rocket attack - keeping them safe from the huge force of explosions, without just protecting the vehicle.

10. With a maximum speed of 120Km/hr the Marauder is no slow coach.

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Shotokan6
Just make sure it does not roll over, or you are done...!
Jun 27, 2011 5:52 pm
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scratchy996
i can see orders for this car explode after the show airs in Russia.
Jun 27, 2011 4:42 pm
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m1257
As tall as it is i thought it wouldn't fit on a regular road. but the Marauder really is unstoppable
Jun 27, 2011 4:08 pm
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RoadRunner
Epic vehcile/review but crap windscreen wipers and it should have had 8 wheels, two on each corner so the bomb makes one tyre flat, not the whole tyre.
Jun 27, 2011 2:58 pm
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EMBJATI85
it is a DIESEL ha
Jun 27, 2011 2:17 pm
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trailer
31,5 mpg, but with a jet fuel...
Jun 27, 2011 11:22 am
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LKN4MUF
Does it come in a Hybrid version???
Jun 27, 2011 10:46 am
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blaksabb
I would like that for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. On a side note, nice of them to blow up an H3 and call it a Hummer. Where is the real military grade HUMVEE? I know the Marauder would still do better but at least it would be an apples-to-apples comparison. Let's see the Buffalo while we're at it.
Jun 27, 2011 10:14 am
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ReadHere
Maybe they didn't found an H1 in the black market to blow it up.
Jun 27, 2011 10:36 am
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Hellbound
H1's are quite expensive now. I'd imagine they put the feeler out on sourcing any Hummer shell/damaged etc and they ended up with this. I thought it was entertaining :)
Jun 27, 2011 11:38 am
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blaksabb
I forgot that it was TopGear and that it's all just for entertainment.
Jun 27, 2011 12:26 pm
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B_M_Gearhead
Even still the civilian versions of the original H1 are not designed to be bulletproof, or bomb resistant. They are just highly mobile offroad vehicles, not purpose built tanks like this bad boy.
Jun 27, 2011 4:22 pm
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AlikMalix
Blaksabb I was thinking the same exact thing as I was watching it.
Jun 27, 2011 10:39 pm
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NewGit
The Buffalo and Marauder are based on the same 30+ year old design, the Casspir. A military spec humvee would still be rubbish compared to a 1970s Casspir. See this link for example, bomb test with people inside http://youtu.be/2ID2jIdoKOM
Jun 28, 2011 5:49 am
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