Buying cheap luxury cars seems like a good idea to people until they realize how difficult it is to maintain them. Russian YouTube channel AcademeG came up with a creative idea of converting a Bentley Continental GT coupe into a make-shift tank.
The tank looks like a Bentley from the fenders up. It’s completely bespoke underneath with a custom frame and a solid rear axle used to power the tracks.
The engine is a V-8 and sends power rearwards through a torque converter automatic. The YouTube channel shows the fast-paced process of assembling the tank and taking it out for a test drive. The team managed to make the OEM Bentley steering wheel work with the system. The steering wheel however, doesn’t turn the tracks. The differential is left open and when the car needs to make a turn, it applies brakes to the inside track and allows power to continue flowing to the outside track. The vehicle then rotates.
People who love to see new creative things made from cars and old machines will be amazed to see the tank in action.
The first time the Bentley was taken for a drive, the tracks decoupled from the wheels more than once. Sometimes the bumper gets busted off and the body can shift on the frame. This doesn’t dampen the moods of those around. At one point, it seemed like the tank was about to go airborne.
The first test drive was to assess whether the build was viable or not. They encountered a few problems with the engine. The rmp range was not compatible so they will have to solve it a bit later. The scope of that day was to verify the chassis.
They are taking tiny baby steps for the ultra-tank project. The tank is not ready to go into the forest. They are assessing the tank to find out its weak spots. At the current stage, getting into the tank is really simple because there’s a space left from the door.
They plan to trim the original door or make one out of fibreglass. The door will likely open like a Lamborghini door. They had dedicated a few episodes to build its turbo motor and everything turned out great but it still hasn’t reached their goals.
They want to increase the speed of the tank as well. They are still trying to understand how the track behaves at higher speeds. The track doesn’t suit their needs. The part in the middle of the track which keeps it from coming off the rollers and prevents it from shifting right and left is a little short. The current speed of the tank is 50km/h. The goal is to reach 100km/h.
This may turn out to be the biggest event in 2019 because there’s no telling what this project may amount to.
Driving the tank in a large expanse of land could turn out to be a very daring and fun adventure.