Lets me go ahead and start this out with, WOW! This is most definitely the most badass vehicle i’ve seen in quite some time. To say it “might” be better than Baldwin’s new Toyota trophy truck I realize is ridiculous. But honestly if we were given the keys to that, or what they are calling “The Ferret” we would have to stop and think about it. Granted we still would pick the trophy truck but the fact that it would require a second thought goes to show how incredible this new 6×6 vehicle is. Its something that might even compete with the EV2 Ripsaw from Howe & Howe
Toyo Tires got their hands on the armored vehicle known as the Ferret Scout that was built by Daimler from 1952-1971. This is no ordinary Ferret though. Its been modified Bj Baldwin style by Action Vehicle Engineering with full long travel King Shocks that are also found on his trophy truck, and of course Toyo’s new Open Country M/T tires with bead-locks all around. Which is a total of six obviously, and the two in the middle are not just spare tires. Apparently they are actually powered wheels that can be engaged on demand via hydraulic motors. I’m not sure if they deploy to the ground and provide power or just used where they are to avoid getting high centered on anything really. In the video they remain up the entire time, but you can definitely see them moving at certain points. We also thought the turret shooting the grappling hook for the winch was a nice touch.
Now the major tire and suspension upgrades made a huge impact on the performance of the Ferret. But there’s still one other upgrade that maybe trumps them all. Powering the original Ferret was a Rolls Royce inline six that was extremely under powered. Even when the later models got an upgraded six cylinder built by Vandaen Plas it still only produced 175 hp. With an armored vehicle weighing an estimated 8,120lbs that’s not a lot of get up and go. If your wanting Bj Baldwin to drive your vehicle, it’s going to need a lot more than 175hp unless its a go-cart or something along those lines. So naturally the original motor was ripped out and a Chevy LS V8 was installed in its place. Normally these motors easily produce anywhere from 400-500hp depending on the level of additional modifications. Not sure on the specifics for this motor but it’s likely to be at least in that range. So now you can at least understand the need for a second thought if you were magically granted the opportunity of choosing to drive the Ferret or his Trophy Truck.