Engineering firm Ricardo teams up with the U.S. military to create an eco-friendly war vehicle.
Engineering firm Ricardo has teamed up with the United States military to create this FED ALPHA, a more fuel-efficient armored personnel carrier.
The FED ALPHA is part of the Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) program by the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The vehicle has been undergoing testing at the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.
The FED ALPHA is made of an Alcoa Defense lightweight aluminum structure with armoring and an underbody blast shield. The vehicle features a Cummins I4 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission from Aisin and is fitted with Goodyear Fuel Max low roll resistance tires developed specifically for the FED ALPHA.
"We are extremely pleased to be able to continue supporting TARDEC in its objective to increase the fuel efficiency of the U.S. Army's vehicle fleet," said Robert Ellis, of Ricardo's U.S. subsidiary.
The vehicle will be on display October 10-12 at the 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.