Monday, October 26, 2015

Off-Roader Ready for Zombie Apocalyse

Terradyne is a Canadian company that specializes in building an armored, all-terrain vehicle dubbed Gurkha that’s so rugged it makes the Hummer H1 look cuter than a Toyota Yaris. The off-roader has traditionally been aimed at military forces and law enforcement officials all around the globe, but Terradyne is out to conquer new markets with a toned-down version of it designed for mere civilians.

Appropriately christened Civilian Edition, the toned-down model is based on the Gurkha RPV. It looks like a murdered-out Tonka truck with a tall front end, huge fender flares, military-grade bead lock wheels wrapped by massive off-road tires and a tall belt line. It starts life as a Ford F-550 pickup truck, but the only visual connection between the two behemoths is that the door mirrors are carried over unchanged.

According to Ronan Glon of Digital Trends, the Gurkha is the ultimate embodiment of function-over-form design. It is equipped with small windows that make it easy to hide out of sight in the event of an enemy attack, a solid metal front bumper that facilitates the task of ramming through gates and road blocks, and a generous amount of ground clearance that allows it to take its occupants as far off the beaten path as they need to go to reach safety.

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