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Top Gear: The Marauder – This Ain’t No Mercury

Posted in Funny, General, Top Gear, Videos by MrAngry | July 17th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Mercury Marauder

Back in 2003 the now defunct Mercury division of the Ford Motor Company released a car that is to this day, pretty bad ass in my opinion. It was called the Mercury Marauder and was basically a Ford Crown Victoria with an all black paint job and a hopped up Mustang engine. I have to say that back then I wanted one, but not as bad as the sucker that you’re about to see in this video. Meet the Marauder, an insane SUV/combat attack vehicle that is built by the Paramount Group of South Africa. The Marauder weighs in at 15 tons, can achieve speeds of 75 mph and is capable of taking a direct shot from an IAD. I’d be lying if I said that these babies aren’t super macho and that I want one immediately. However the fact that they cost a mere $514,000.00 unfortunately makes it fall just outside of my budget. Now go click play and check out how teeny-tiny little Richard Hammond looks next to this thing… priceless!

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3 Responses

  1. djrosa says:

    definetly the car for the zombie apocalypse

  2. crispy says:

    Video already gone unfortunately.

    Not sure if it’s mentioned in the show, but this is the vehicle our MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles are made from that we use in combat. The one in the video (judging by the picture) is what the military calls the RG-31; which is the first generation MRAP. I had a bunch of these in my unit in Afghanistan last year. BTW, a new Marauder may do 75mph; but our fully combat loaded MRAPs on a smooth, flat road were good for about 62 max. Of course that includes a gunner in the turret with a .50 cal, adding wind resistance.

    Mike, the correct term you’re looking for in describing it’s toughness is Improvised Explosive Device (IED), not IAD. Fortunately, the MRAP is pretty good against these, having saved my life when we hit one. Unfortunately, the first gen ones weren’t great and I lost a soldier when our convoy hit an IED and the weld on the V-hull failed, allowing the blast to penetrate the cabin and take off his leg, he died on the scene. That said, our friends from South Africa and the engineers in the US that have improved these vehicles over the years have saved many more lives than they’ve cost. They are the most uncomfortable vehicle you’ll ever ride in, especially on rough roads,

    A little proofreading is much appreciated. I realize it’s not intentional; but I guess its sensitive to some.

  3. Daniel Owens says:

    Now I saw this episode of Top Gear and was wondering where could I order one of these, because they said they where avalible to the public?Please reply?