Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Double-ended storm chasing vehice

Safer ... sort-of
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Vehcles can be "hardened" for storm chasing. This usually includes appliqué armour of various types, angled for better resistance to impacts, and wind deflection.

Even in a semi-armoured vehicle, it sometimes becomes useful to be able to reverse the direction of travel very quickly. When there's a funnel cloud approaching at speed, a regular three-point turn may just not be enough.

Now, storm chasers can purchase that extra margin of distance that can make all the difference between a laundry bill for underwear and some truly spectacular video footage, and a well-attended memorial service with a Darwin Award, First Class.

BorgCo engineers have simply taken two substantial 4x4 chassis, welded them back to back (with suitable transmission modifications), then attached enough protective plating to ensure the occupants don't need to concern themselves about stone chips in fixed glass.

There are two driving positions, facing in opposite directions, and two engines. Thus the vehicle can travel with equal facility in either direction, and at high speed. Two drivers are of course required, as there may not be time for a single driver to "change ends" before all the occupants get the (albeit brief) opportunity to Live In Interesting Times.

8th of 7, Dec 08 2017


       [-] flies in the face of natural selection.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 08 2017

       Flies are not usually a problem in high winds.
pertinax, Dec 09 2017

       They are if you leave them open.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 09 2017

       In America there is no longer any need to chase extreme weather events. Now that man made global warming makes them the norm, you just park anywhere and they will find you.
xenzag, Dec 10 2017

       Oh brave new world, that has such features in it !
8th of 7, Dec 10 2017


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