For those who follow nasty weather, you may have heard of the Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV). The TIV is a highly specialized vehicle designed for chasing and studying tornadoes. This unusual storm chaser vehicle was created by filmmaker Sean Casey and his team, and was featured in the Discovery Channel’s show “Storm Chasers”. The first rendition of the TIV (TIV1) is a highly modified Super Duty with a heavily armored shell made of steel plate and bullet-resistant polycarbonate windows. The TIV1 could safely drive into weak to relatively strong tornadoes to film them and take measurements.
Equipped with a 7.3-liter Ford Power Stroke turbocharged diesel engine, air-ride suspension, and hydraulic claws for anchoring, the TIV1 has a top speed of 100 mph and a fuel capacity of 60 gallons. Although no longer in use by Casey and his team, the TIV1 was recently found by another storm chaser, Robert Clayton, who plans to restore it and use it for future tornado research.