DARPA Selects XC2V to Replace HUMVEEs [with Video)


The trusted HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle), or as the troops (and everyone else) understandably calls it, Humvee, is getting a little long in the tooth, having entered service for the first time in 1984.

So it’s reasonable that DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) started looking for a suitable, and more up-to-date replacement with the Experimental Crowd-derived Combat Support Vehicle project –or, in civilian-speak, “the first crowd-sourced, military relevant vehicle design”.

And the winner of this competition was Local Motors’ XC2V FLYPMode (boy, do those military guys love their acronyms…) which was developed in just 14 weeks. According to DARPA, which plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years in innovative defense systems, this is just a “proof of principle” project –which means that it has still some way to go before it becomes operational.

Moreover, during an event at the National Robotics Engineering Center, US President Barack Obama brought the XC2V as an example of showing that the collaboration of the military and the industry can enhance the competitiveness of US manufacturing.

Source: Darpa via




Anonymous said... »June 28, 2011

Yet another vehicle that will sold to the military at three times the cost that is should be so the military subcontractors can live the good life at the expense of US taxpayers.

Anonymous said... »June 28, 2011

ok, so it looks a bit more aggressive, perhaps faster, but can it withstand an I.E.D.

Anonymous said... »June 28, 2011

Throwing $1 billion at something that required only 14 weeks to develop??

Anonymous said... »June 29, 2011

only 2 doors?
that a good idea?

Anonymous said... »June 29, 2011

All this for running the criminal wars ahead and sucking the blood of U.S citizens. I wonder how long our country is going to ride on this military wave before it face-plants.

Anonymous said... »June 29, 2011

Dont worry the USA is all ready broke...


Anonymous said... »June 29, 2011

I knew better than to read the comments on this thread but I did...

First of all, The U.S. is NOT broke! Thats the dumbest thing I have ever heard and repeating that over and over again only makes matters worse, not better.

Secondly, I work for a "blood sucking" defense contractor and for every program awarded there is 5 that are lost, along with the money invested by the company, so its a wash in the end. Where do you think the technology comes from that keeps our military one step ahead and keeps your asses sleeping well at night? Who do you think developed the internet that you are using to read carscoop? It wasn't the "government", it was the defense contractors. I could go on and on with more examples but the gist is that we need the military and the military needs defense contractors. Period.

I would give up my job in a second if we could have peace on earth. I am in fact a Democrat and a fairly liberal one at that. I wish we could eliminate our spending on defense but unfortunately its not the world we live in.

And lastly, this is not THE replacement for the HMMWV. It is simply one of the many. Oh, and some do have four doors... do you really think the military is that dumb?

Anonymous said... »June 29, 2011

America's defense contractors = America's bottomless money pit, back-slapping good ol' boys, money draining SOBs!!!

Anonymous said... »June 29, 2011

"It wasn't the "government", it was the defense contractors."
And who pays the defense contractors bills? US taxpayers, that's who!

Anonymous said... »June 30, 2011

LOL- True America ain't broke, it's just got a trillion dollar overdraft.....

Anonymous said... »July 01, 2011

"LOL- True America ain't broke, it's just got a trillion dollar overdraft....."
And a 100 trillion at that with all that med finance and stuff. You know what a 100 trillion looks like??........ we have to sell out our sovereign assets to China who is our biggest creditor or other super-hyper rich individuals to come out of broke....yeah it looks like that.

Anonymous said... »July 04, 2011

It looks like its made out of plastic! This will not withstand an IED!

Anonymous said... »July 10, 2011


guest said... »August 01, 2011

So they are going to waste ANOTHER billion investing in this vehicle when America is in one of the worst recessions ever. Great Idea.

Alex Lekander said... »August 08, 2011

The very thing you're complaining about is the thing that the XC2V is trying to end. I took part in the competition to design it, coming in about 25th place out of 170ish entries.

That competition happened pretty recently. It ended in March. They already have the prototype built, as you can see. It took three and a half months to go from concept to reality. That's far faster than any military contract has ever been delivered.

Local Motors is a growing small business, not a big military contractor. 

Alex Lekander said... »August 08, 2011

The 1 billion dollars is going to more projects than the Local Motors competition.

Alex Lekander said... »August 08, 2011

It was never meant to withstand an I.E.D. This was something that was very well explained by the DARPA members guiding the Local Motors community on what they were trying to develop.

The general idea is that it drives places where you won't find I.E.D.s and that anything that CAN withstand even a small I.E.D. will be too slow to carry out the missions that the XC2V can.

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