When it comes to badass toys, there are few that rival the Howe and Howe Technologies Ripsaw EV2. The video above is just a short example of what the Ripsaw is capable of.
“The program started posted 9/11, we developed the Ripsaw chassis for DARPA, which stands for Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, back then it was highly experimental and robotic. In 2009 it made the cover of Popular Science and it was named Invention Of The Year on the robotic platform. Around that time, the platform was also built for IED defeat purposes. It would robotically take out an Improvised Explosive Device,” explained Michael Howe, President of Howe and Howe Technologies.
Over the years the Ripsaw has been featured on a number of TV shows and the guys love to show off what it is capable of. “We have received thousands of e-mails throughout the years, of ‘when are you guys going to make one for civilians or the public’. We always kind of ignored it until along came someone who could afford to have one built for them. Our military contracts had gone to their fruition. So we could legally take that technology and put it into the civilian hands. We redesigned a bunch of things to make it more user friendly with a closed cockpit, windshield, and things like that to make it more luxurious. A luxury super tank is what people are calling it and we haven’t shied away from that,” continued Howe.
The Ripsaw features some extremely impressive numbers. According to Howe, the Ripsaw weighs between eight and ten thousand pounds (one tenth of an Abrams tank). With six hundred horsepower on tap, this tank has a power to weight ratio somewhere in the neighborhood of thirteen to sixteen, to one. That is in the neighborhood of a modified truck but with a top speed of just over 60, it has the gearing to get you there now.
When you do arrive at your destination, you will still be refreshed thanks to the leather seats, GPS, stereo, and air conditioning. If you weren’t cool enough just owning this bad boy and pulling up to camp, as soon as you pop the gullwing doors, everyone will be in awe.
- Engine: 600 HP Duramax
- Top Speed: Over 60 mph
- Rate of Climb: Over 75 Percent
- Side Slope: 70 Percent
- Clearance: 21.5”
- Suspension Travel: 13.4”
- Weight: approx. 8,000lbs
- Material: Aerospace Aluminum
- High Strength Steel
- Track Ground Pressure: Approx. 2.5psi
- Fuel Cap: 40 gallons
- Range: 300 miles
- Super quiet high strength rubber tracks
- Excellent acceleration
- Low ground pressure
- Extreme terrain capability
- Enclosure cab gullwing doors
- Air conditioning
- Reverse camera
- 2 din DVD/Stero
- Leather 8 way power seats
- 15,000 lbs winches front and rear
- High strength front and rear bumpers
- Custom Paint
Howe and Howe Technologies manufacturing facility is set up in station. A team of four start assembling the chassis and move with the vehicle from station to station until competition. Howe mentioned that this was the best way to ensure the highest quality level.
If you aren’t familiar with the Ripsaw or who manufacturers it, Howe had this to say. “Howe and Howe Technology is vehicle fabrication company that builds vehicles that you cannot find or buy anywhere else in the world. We have been doing this for about 20 years. That is what we do, we build extreme platforms.”
If you dig this, you have to check out their Youtube channel. There are some really cool videos on the Ripsaw and a bunch of their other products. We ended up spending almost two hours the other day checking out the videos. This is certainly one cool company with a ton of cool products!