According to Digital Trends, the Terradyne Gurkha RPV makes the “Hummer H1 look cuter than a Toyota Yaris,” and honestly, from the Gurkha’s exterior, we can’t argue with that. Like the original Hummer H1, the Gurkha is a civilian version of a military vehicle. It’s the ultimate go anywhere/flee from the zombie apocalypse type of vehicle.
Terradyne builds these trucks off a Ford F-550 chassis, and similarities between the Gurkha and the stock Ford end right then and there. The truck is armored from top to bottom and is able to move its bulky body through whatever terrain and through whatever type of firepower you might come up against. According to the company, the Gurkha’s body can withstand hours of AK-47 fire, .50 caliber sniper fire, and is blast protected from small explosives, which definitely makes it more durable than your average F-550.
The truck features a 6.7-liter V8 turbo diesel that makes 300 horsepower and 660 lb-ft of torque. It can fit up to 12 people, and has a fuel capacity of over 40 gallons, thus ensuring you have enough fuel to get you out of those sticky situations. The downside of such a vehicle? It weighs almost 10 tons and starts at $278,000. However, you do get the peace of mind that you can come up against any situation and laugh hysterically as you plow straight through it. I wonder how it would behave on Los Angeles’ 405 Freeway?