It is called the Ripsaw, a developmental unmanned light tank built by the Howe brothers in 2000 as a small family project. It is able to accelerate to 60 mph (100 km/h) in about 4 seconds. The vehicle caught the interest of the U.S Army in 2001 during a Dallas vehicle show. The Ripsaw can be built for about $200,000 - $250,000.
The “Sham II” is the latest armoured tank built by the Syrian rebels in their fight against the brutal regime of President Bashar al-Assad. It took a month to design and assemble the machine, which has five cameras and a 7.62mm machine gun attached to its frame. The machine gun is controlled by control stick from a Sony PS3 games console from inside and although the 2.5 cm thick metal walls cannot withstand a grenade or tank fire, they can reportedly resist up to 23 mm cannon fire. The tank cost approximately $10 000 to build.
The “Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force” is a concept car and is designed to be a kitted-up, Highway patrol vehicle for 2025. It is also the first ever Mercedes-Benz off-roader to be designed and would use a new magic ride system called “Terra Scan” that utilises a camera to detect the surrounding terrain, in order to provide optimal levels of traction.
The SEMA show is the specialty automotive trade event that draws the industry’s leaders together to showcase premier products and designs. The show is not open to the public but here we get to take a look at some of the ‘hot’ items that were on display.