By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
Image(s) Credit(s): Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG)
November 16, 2022
Gotta’ hand it to Hollywood. Every once in awhile, one of their own actually produces something worthwhile outside the industry. In this case, it’s a real-life weaponized all-terrain/off-road combat car/vehicle concept called the Glickenhaus 008 Fast Response Military Vehicle (FRMV) –and it looks pretty glorious. Based on the Glickenhaus 008 (or SCG008) Racecar, the Glickenhaus 008 FRMV’s the brainchild of movie producer and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) company owner James Glickenhaus of The Exterminator (1980) fame.
A quick note on that (film): According to Wikipedia, “at an advance screening, six months before the film’s release, Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun-Times, criticized The Exterminator for being a ‘sick example of the almost unbelievable descent’ that American movies had taken ‘into gruesome savagery’. While not exactly a glowing review, Roger, great as he was, didn’t always make the right call (see here and here).
Anyway, it would appear hat Mr. Glickenhaus has since channeled his darker instincts into designing one hell of a cool-looking, Bond-like combat vehicle. Think Baja meets ballistics. It sports a mid-mounted engine, 33-spline axles, massive tires, Beadlock wheels, Wilwood brakes, off-road lights, underbody protection, a winch, a roof rack, and possibly a GM/Chevrolet LT1 V8 engine, with a supercharged GM/Chevrolet LT4 Wet Sump V8 as a possible upgrade option. The digital concept rendering also shows a remotely-operated cannon system mounted on the back. DefenseReview (DR) would also like to recommend the Dillon Aero M134D-H (Hybrid) 7.62mm NATO (7.62x51mm NATO) Lightweight “Minigun” Gatling Gun as a possible weapon system for it.
If the US military doesn’t want to buy it, Arnold Schwarzenegger will probably buy one, which means Sylvester Stallone will probably want one, too.
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