Tornado Intercept Vehicle

May 10, 2003

We ran into Sean and Greg from California one afternoon as we were pulling into our motel. They were working on their "Tornado Intercept Vehicle". They plan on driving this armored vehicle into the path of a weak (F-0 to F-2) Tornado and film the whole thing with an IMAX 70mm film camera.

It started off as a Ford F-450. The body has been stripped off and replaced with a thick steel Armour plating. The windows are made of 1/2" thick Lexan. The entire body is on hydraulics and the idea is to drive into the path and then drop the body onto the pavement. It weighs 12,000 pounds and when the hydraulics are lowered, the whole weight of the vehicle will be flush up against the ground. And Yes, it's street legal! It looks like something out of a Mad Max movie or Junkyard Wars.

Note: This is NOT my vehicle, nor do I have any association with it whatsoever.

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