This is the 700 hp ACV 1.1 – the Marines’ first fully amphibious 8×8 tank – so the guys with guns can reach you even if you live on a deserted island in the middle of the ocean.
In case you don’t like acronyms, the ACV translates into Amphibious Combat Vehicles 1.1 and is the latest “toy” of the United States Marine Corps’ – the first unit of an initial run of 16 prototypes embarking on extensive testing in the capable hands of Marine trial instructors. It has eight-wheel-drive and the ability to launch from a ship, so you might write this on the Christmas list as the ultimate go-anywhere vehicle – maybe the one you need to finally reach Santa’s secret location.
It has been designed, engineered, and built by BAE Systems, on an architecture from defense division of Italian truck maker Iveco. The current Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) is said to retire once the ACV comes online as the latter will be affordable and production-ready, with better protection from bullets and bombs, improved dynamics on land and water, as well as easier transportation capabilities. With numerous tech toys for ultimate “survivability”, the ACV can also host 13 Marines in suspended seats and is manned by a three-person crew. Under the “hood” there’s a Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) engine delivering 700 horsepower. By the way, FPT and Iveco are owned by the Agnelli family, the largest shareholders in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.