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As we celebrate our nation’s independence from British rule, it’s good to ponder on all the great things this nation has done. Put a man on the moon? Check. Conquered the Nazi regime, freeing Europe from its blitzkrieg? Check. Won every Super Bowl ever played? Yep, that too. We’ve made some pretty cool stuff along the way as well, including iconic vehicles that epitomize the American way.

Our list of most patriotic vehicles covers a wide gambit yet still focuses on those that either made a difference in our past, help define our American culture, or help pull our economy back into place. They’re the ones you can imagine seeing as fireworks burst overhead with the tune of the Star Spangled Banner softly playing the background. Yeah, you’re starting to get the idea.

So without any further ado, click past the jump for TopSpeed’s list of most patriotic vehicles.

As Americans give pause to remember those men and women who honorably gave their lives in defense of the United States, we take a look at the top-five military vehicles that our troops used. It’s by no means a comprehensive list, but one of that celebrates a wide variety of military muscle spanning over the last 70 years of American history.

These vehicles have demonstrated their ability to perform their duties with amazing skill, while traversing all sorts of hostile terrain from hilly landscapes riddled with mud and ruts to sandy deserts miles away from civilization. Some have rather specialized tasks, while others are more general purpose. Either way, they’re fascinating to look at.

These vehicles not only inspire cheers of patriotism and pride, but also awaken our inner child for all things military. And while there are tons of military vehicles the world over that demand just as much respect, our list focuses on those hailing from the U.S.

Click past the jump for our list of Top Five Military Vehicle

Think the armored cars you see on TV and in movies are bad-ass? Well then, you probably haven’t laid eyes upon INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing’s Unique Armored Personnel Carrier . The tactical attack and defense vehicle is, in a word, mental.

Other than being completely awesome and looking like something prepared for a zombie apocalypse, the Unique Armored Personnel Carrier was specifically developed and created with the objective of protecting passengers in high-threat environments in any conditions. Whether it’s in the pulsating heat of summer or the sub-zero conditions of winter, this bad-boy is ready to fulfill its duties.

But that’s only one part about this armored monstrosity that makes it such a unique armored carrier.

Wherever it finds itself in, the Unique Armored Personnel Carrier has the capability to provide the kind of reliability, mobility, and protection that transport vehicles like this are known for. It’s no wonder why police forces and security agencies are already voicing their interest in securing a fleet of these vehicles for their personal use.

The first four vehicles have already been accounted for by the National Police of Colombia and judging by its imposing presence, it won’t take long before other agencies from other countries line up and place their own orders.

Click past the jump to read more about the Unique Armored Personnel Carrier By INKAS.

The Terminator turned California Governor turned aging action-movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is still one of the most entertaining people on screen. And though his movie career is on a bit of a decline, he still has lots of name recognition and that bad-ass Austrian accent to go along with his tree trunk-like neck. Now, he is looking for people to come crush some stuff, using a tool that he has always wanted: "his own fu@#ing tank!"An M47 Patten tank, to be precise...

What better mode of destruction for the Governator to use, as he looks right at home with his head poking out from the top of this piece of heavy machinery. In this little clip, he gives us a preview of all the things that he wants to smash, including all 66 of his birthday cakes, a piano, his 501-pound bench-press record, bubble wrap, Million Dollar Baby and even a Microsoft Zune!

All you have to do is head to www.omaze.com/arnold to buy entries and wait to see if you win. You’ve gotta hurry though, as the contest closes on March 14th. You can also rest easy knowing that all of the proceeds from the entry fees will go to benefit the After-School All Stars — a program that provides safe after-school programs for kids.

I’ve got to say, the video in itself is pretty funny and I honestly thought it was a joke at first. Even if you don’t have the extra $10 laying around to enter, you can at least get a nice chuckle seeing Arnold crushing random things in dramatic fashion.

Click past the jump for the video.

Source: omaze.com

Here at TopSpeed, we love the veteran’s of our armed forces; be it from wars from decades ago or ones currently stationed in war zones across the globe, we salute you all.

Along with the brave men and women, there are also animals and automobiles that play integral roles in our armed forces. One of the original wartime automotive veterans was the 1941 Willys-Overland MB, which was informally dubbed the "Jeep."

There are a few rumors about how exactly the name "Jeep" came to be, but the most commonly accepted story is that the MB was a "General Purpose" vehicle that officials often abbreviated as "G.P.", and slurring of the abbreviation was how the name came to be — there are also reports that the "jeep" name was used as far back as 1914.

The Willys-Overland Jeep first became available for civilian purchase, known as the CJ-2A, in 1945, and the automaker filed to trademark the "Jeep" name in 1943, but it was not granted until 1950. The CJ endured several buyouts, transfers and sales, but it only lasted a short time longer after Chrysler bought the company in 1987.

The above video is a 1943 film name "The Autobiography of a Jeep," which highlights the how this automotive veteran helped the real veterans in WWII.

Of course, Veteran’s Day is all about celebrating the brave men and women of the U.S., so we end with recognizing the men and women of the armed services for protecting us and our freedoms. Whether you are simply a reservist that has never seen a battlefield or a multi-tour veteran, the entire TopSpeed team thanks you for you service!

Back in 2010, Conquest Vehicles unveiled the Knight XV - a badass SUV designed for professional athletes, government officials, and heads of corporations around the globe. Now, the Canadian maker has unveiled the Evade, the new standard in luxury handcrafted SUVs, or so they say.

The Evade is based on a Ford F550 Super Duty Chassis and was built using an aluminum-mild steel blend to make it significantly lighter then its armored cousin, the Knight XV. It shares some of the features found in the new Knight XV such as the new wraparound headlights and taillights, narrower fender flares, a redesigned grille, hood scoop, the addition of a third tandem sunroof, and a wider backdoor and integrated step to accommodate the EVADE’s wider body frame. Additional standard features solely for the Evade include front and rear commercial grade air ride suspensions, power windows, 360-degree roof mounted, joystick-controlled searchlights, and FLIR night vision camera systems in the front and rear of the vehicle.

For the interior, the Evade gets a new ergonomically designed cockpit and cabin with over 400 cubic feet of room to stretch out in. The company states that the Evade carefully blends military inspired design cues with elegant and rich finishes. The vehicle’s steering wheel, proprietary hinges, running boards, and even the key are all made of stainless steel, while the vehicles’ handles are machined out of a solid block of aluminum. The driver and passengers can relax in the newly designed ergonomic 2+2 limousine-style seating with two electronic executive style reclining seats as an option. Other options include a driver partition or retractable flat screen television. The interior will also offer lap top trays and a third sunroof.

This may all sound fantastic, but the price tag gets us off that new car high. The exclusive Conquest Evade comes in at $579,000, which is still cheaper than the Knight XV’s price tag of $629,000.

We love vehicles that have two and four wheels, so why shouldn’t we love those that have six wheels? No, we’re not talking about the latest Ford F-350 Dually. We are talking about the technological marvel that has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue lately: the Mars Science Laboratory, which is better known simply as the Curiosity Rover.

Recently, we showed you an infographic that pitted the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor against the Curiosity Rover, and that was obviously done in jest. See, the Curiosity Rover is set to go where no F-150 could ever go... the red planet – Mars to those that are not also Sci-Fi nerds.

With the Curiosity’s touchdown coming in just a few days, we thought it was time to give it the TopSpeed once over to see if it is really ready to embark on this 253-day journey, which is quite a commute...

UPDATE 08/07/2012: The Curiosity Rover has touched down on Mars and has officially taken its first color picture of the surface of the Red Planet. The picture was taken with the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) at the end of the rover’s robotic arm. Check out the image, as well as many others, in the gallery provided!

Click past the jump to read our full review on the Curiosity Rover.

When Jeep revealed the Mighty FC Concept at the 2012 Easter Safari in Moab, Utah, we could really just think one thing, “bad-ass.” The Mighty FC is essentially a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon on ‘roids, as the designers hacked off the Wrangler’s hood and rear quarter, jacked it up into the sky a little, bolted an eight-foot bed onto it, and threw a set of nasty 40-inch tires under it.

Just the outward appearance of this thing is overwhelmingly awesome, but knowing that Jeep didn’t skimp out on it makes it even cooler. In the above video, you can actually witness the Mighty FC frolicking through the desert with the original Jeep forward control army vehicle, which features a two-cylinder two-stroke diesel engine, trailing it.

Watching this beast climb the rocks in Moab is awesome, but what really blew us away was the care that Jeep put into the interior. Unlike a lot of forward control vehicles, the Mighty FC has a regular old steering wheel, just like its donor Wrangler, and not that funny feeling bus-style steering wheel. It also features a carefully crafted plaid design that was actually one a part of a snowboard bag – some of the zippers and trimming are still on the fabric too.

Ultimately, the Mighty FC will likely never see production or it may be offered only as a fleet-type of vehicle, but it’s a sweet looking and performing concept nonetheless. Take a look at the video for yourself and also watch as one of the Mighty FC’s designers talks about this machine like a kid describing an awesome Christmas gift. We wouldn’t mind seeing this under the TopSpeed Christmas tree this year, that’s for sure.

BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, and Meritor Defense have been working on a military project dubbed the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program in an attempt to manufacture a lightweight vehicle that the U.S. armed forces can use anywhere in the world. This project had yet to be officially proposed, as its equipment was still in the developmental phase, but as of today, testing is over and the proposal is to be submitted.

You may be wondering “what does this have to do with production cars?” The driving force of this new military device, which is ultimately the replacement for the Humvee, is shared with one of the best-selling pickups of all time, the Ford F-Series SuperDuty . Yup, this large-caliber-gun-toting machine will come fitted with Ford’s now famous 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine.

The exact specifics of the engine have not been released, so we are not certain if this will be the same 6.7-liter you would see under the hood of a 2012 F-250 SuperDuty . Unfortunately, that will likely never be known, but we do know that the Power Stroke engine is up to the task, pumping out an impressive 400 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 800 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm.

This will likely end up similar to the Allison military transmissions vs. civilian models deal. The Power Stroke’s basic technology will remain the same, but the engine will be highly modified for combat usage. If the military accepts this design as one of the three it will select, this could mean that the Power Stroke could see much advancement in upcoming years, as the military tinkers with the engine and Ford mimics the modifications. This also means that we are in for a slew of “Ford’s so good, we power military vehicles” styles of commercials, oh boy.

On a semi-ironic aside to this announcement, Ford was once a part of the JLTV program, but dropped out earlier. We guess there are no hard feelings between Ford and BAE.

Hit the jump for the official press release.

A week after a forgettable fourth episode , Top Gear bounces back with a pretty entertaining penultimate episode that featured a review on the new Jensen Interceptor , a track day for Jeremy Clarkson with the Lotus Exos Type 125 race car , Bob Geldof as the guest celebrity, and a military house destruction challenge.

Comparing it to the previous show, the content for this week was a lot better, but in a weird twist, the show only had 59 minutes on it - the regular slot usually lasts for 62 to 63 minutes - because, apparently, BBC wanted to show the MotoGP race exactly on time.

That became a running gag during the whole episode as Hammond and May kept speeding up Clarkson in order to fill out the entire episode in the 59 minutes they were given.

In the end, the military destruction challenge proved to be the most entertaining segment of the episode - we’d argue that it’s the best one all year, too - filled with child-like shenanigans from the three hosts that make us love the work they’re doing.

Some people might slam them for wasting their precious time on something so inane, but if you were walking in their shoes, you’d be having a ball of time using military vehicles in trying to put down a cement house.

Details on Top Gear Season 17: Episode 5 after the jump


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