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McLaren helped design British Foxhound armoured vehicle [video]

McLaren played a role in developing a $1.4 million armoured vehicle for British troops to use in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The Sun newspaper said the British formula one team, as well as BMW and world rally engineers, helped with the design of the new Foxhound truck, which arrived in Afghanistan last week.

The Foxhound has a top speed of 113kph, a V-shaped bottom to deflect bomb blasts, can be driven even with a missing wheel, and can have an engine replaced in just half an hour.

"This government has spent 270 million pounds on 300 of these high-tech, British-built vehicles to help keep our troops properly protected," said British defence secretary Philip Hammond.

 

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Aesthetics
religious motorsport fanboys wont be impressed haha
Jun 22, 2012 9:52 am
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NYyanks
it's cool, but was it really THAT necessary to bring McLaren in to design a military vehicle exterior? probably not.....
Jun 21, 2012 10:26 am
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inlinesix
Where does it say that McLaren designed the exterior? I'd guess they have more to do with the "can have an engine replaced in just half an hour" part.
Jun 21, 2012 10:54 am
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edd_lg
it was probably BMW who did the engine, McLaren doesn't make diesel engines. Rally engineers probably made the suspensions and the all wheel drive and McLaren made the generic exterior.
Jun 21, 2012 2:58 pm
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inlinesix
I was expecting to see Lewis and Jensen driving around in those with sunny smiles and talking about how awesome it is.
Jun 21, 2012 10:18 am
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SnakesInMyPants
looks kind of top heavy
Jun 21, 2012 10:01 am
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henaz
The video is comical.
Jun 21, 2012 9:49 am
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