The Ripsaw tank from Fate of the Furious is an actual U.S. Army test vehicle that you need to see in action Mashable Screenshot

If you’ve seen any trailers for Fate of the Furious, the latest installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise, you may have noticed a badass tank drifting through ice and snow. The unmanned tank (though in the movie, Ludacris’ character is behind the wheel) is called a Ripsaw, and it turns out that it’s an actual U.S. Army test vehicle that just so happens to also be the fastest tank in the world. Pretty sweet, right?

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Per Mashable:

The Ripsaw was developed by Maine-based Howe & Howe Technologies, which specializes in lightweight military-grade vehicles. It’s powered by a Duramax 6.6 liter V8 diesel engine and mounts an M153 CROWS weapons station, capable of handling up to a .50-caliber machine gun.

At 750 horsepower and under 10,000 pounds, the Ripsaw is capable of just over 100 mph, but is too light and too fast to really be classified as a standard tank. And it doesn’t really have the same heavy armor or firepower of the Army’s go-to battle tanks, which can be twice as heavy.

There are five different variants of the Ripsaw, and here you can see the Ripsaw EV2 in action — the luxury version of the tank that costs about $1 million. 

You can check out some behind-the-scenes Fate of the Furious footage about the Ripsaw here.

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