FLYPMODE is DARPA's New Combat-Support Vehicle
CREDIT: Victor Garcia
In an attempt to streamline the multiple- year process involved in creating military vehicles, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) put together the Experimental Crowd-derived Combat-support Vehicle (XC2V) Design Challenge. The winner, known as the FLYPMODE, was announced yesterday.
The contest looked to auto-enthusiasts, engineers and other to design the next combat support vehicle. The competitors were asked to "conceptualize a vehicle body design for two different missionsCombat Reconnaissance and Combat Delivery & Evacuation," according to Challenge.gov.
The FLYPMODE was created by Victor Garcia. The vehicle can be reconfigured to make room for more passengers or gear, and parts can be taken out to increase speed and agility. The FLYPMODE has the ability to carry six passengers plus a driver, and like guard tower, the cab has a 360 degree view so it can be defended from all sides.
As the winner, Garcia's designs will be turned into a concept vehicle within the next few months, and he was rewarded with $75,000.
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