12 cars you didn't know were inspired by the military
Military is the birthplace of many curious inventions of mankind. Researches, scientists working in military labs tend to strike gold. Military has also been inspiring our fashion, being the inspiration of stuff like the camouflage jacket. Military has also been an influencer in the automotive industry as you shall now know. This then is a list of cars inspired by the military.
Starting with the Rambo Lambo. One of the most unexpected entries in this list. Nicknamed the “Lamborghini truck”, it was based on two vehicles, the LM001 and Cheetah. Both were designed by the military but never really convinced the colonels. So then, it tried its luck on the masses, by putting a Lamborghini Countach V12 into it.
The car that would have popped up to your mind when you would have read the title. The Humvee or the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), played a key role in the conflicts and was pretty successful. It then caught the eye of General Motors and what we had in 1992 was the Hummer.
Military memorabilia is something that is very tempting, so tempting that even Mercedes, who mostly make luxury cars, couldn't resist it. The company was making military vehicles and also commercial vehicles at the same time and the G-Wagon's finest moment was its time as the Popemobile. The Mercedes-Benz 230G was even fitted with a bulletproof glass.
Toyota Land Cruiser
After World war II, carmakers ran in a hurry to mass produce vehicles that had been a hit for the military and Toyota was no exception. When Japanese forces invaded the Philippines in 1941, the old Bantam Mk II jeep carried the soldiers. Japanese officers were impressed by the versatility, agility, and strength of the vehicle and asked Toyota to build something like that for it and so came the AK10. Due to similarities with the US, AK10 was not as widely used in combat. After the war, it was commercially produced by Toyota and renamed the Land Cruiser.
Land Rover Defender
The Land rover Defender was exported to foreign forces and commercial markets quite successfully. Defenders were widely used by the British police officers. It was very popular in Northern Ireland, where it was used to combat domestic wars.
Jeep (Wrangler, Renegade, Cherokee)
All these jeeps have been inspired by some military vehicle or the other and each has a bulky back story which if you will read, then you'll surely be a bit bored. So maybe that's a story for some other day.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
The American sensation, the Raptor was modified and given the F-22 theme to raise money for charity. It was on the outside that the military influence could be seen of the F22 Raptor.
Think about the Marauder and you will see Richard Hammond being tall (at least when he is in the driving seat of the Marauder). But it is a bit uncanny in this list. While others in this list have been inspired by the military, this is a vehicle that has been sold to the military, but also available to citizens. Developed by South African Paramount Group, it weighs 10 tonnes and is 21 feet long and 9 feet tall.
While it was famous for being the perfect MPV for many, the original Bronco was made into a Jeep, inspired by the military. It was just a tad bit small in its Jeep form, so that maneuvering in the city was easy.
Surprise, Surprise. While the Kodiaq shares its platform with cars like the Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Ateca, decades of intense military engineering capabilities have also been injected into the Kodiaq.