GM may be bringing back the Hummer as an all-electric SUV, but the automaker is looking to tried-and-tested tech for the new Infantry Squad Vehicle it’s building for the US Army. The company has inked a $214.3 million deal to produce and service more than 2,000 ultra-flexible troop transports, though while they might look like Mad Max props, they’re actually surprisingly familiar.
The brief was to develop an expeditionary ISV, light and agile enough to carry nine personnel at once, at speed, through a battlefield. The vehicle needed to be tough and flexible: lightweight enough to sling underneath a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, yet also sufficiently compact to squeeze into a CH-47 Chinook.
The Army also needed something that could withstand a low-velocity air drop by fixed-wing C-130 or C-17 transport aircraft. That’s no small order.
Rather than cook up something entirely unique, however, General Motors Defense – the automaker’s defense and security focused subdivision – looked to more mainstream parts. The ISV may not look like it, but it actually shares most of its parts with the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 truck. Indeed 90-percent of what makes up the Army’s new ride is actually commercial off-the-shelf components.
That includes the underlying architecture, and a 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It’ll be good for 186 horsepower, and be rated for up to 3,200 pounds of payload.
The advantage, of course, is keeping the supply chain smooth for repairs and replacement parts. The GM Defense ISV’s suspension, for example, is based on the same system that Chevrolet Performance offers for the ZR2. Its Multimatic dual spool-valve dampers are carried over, too.
There’ll be a standard occupant and cargo superstructure on all 2,065 of the ISVs that GM Defense produces for the Army. Beyond that, it’ll be open to customization. The automaker is working with Ricard Defense, which will be responsible for the logistics of maintaining vehicles in the field.
Transportability certification – to make sure the ISV really can handle helicopter and aircraft deployment – is next up, followed by initial operational testing and evaluation next summer and fall.
The Special Detail Hidden On The Cadillac Escalade-V
If the V badge means anything in a Caddy, you can think of it as Popeye after devouring a can of spinach. The Escalade-V has a 6.2-liter supercharged gas-fed V8 engine derived from the hardcore CT5-V Blackwing. However, Cadillac engineers gave the mill a more substantial 2.65-liter R2650 TVS supercharger with four-lobe rotors capable of spinning to a heady 13,500 rpm. Pumping out up to 10 pounds of boost accessible with a heavy right foot, the Escalade-V offers 682 horsepower and 653 lb-ft of torque, making it the world’s most powerful full-size luxury SUV. In addition, the blown V8 churns out maximum torque from 4,400 rpm, which means you get ultimate shove without burying the go-pedal, a trait that most luxury car or SUV buyers love.
Sure, the Escalade is an opulent (albeit pricey) family SUV, but the V badge and magnificent supercharged V8 have given it a renewed vigor. According to Cadillac, the Escalade-V could sprint from zero to 60 mph in under 4.4 seconds. It could also breach the quarter-mile run in 12.74 seconds at 110 mph. For context, the Escalade-V has more power than a Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and is faster than a RAM TRX at the dragstrip. Who says you can’t have fun in a three-row luxury SUV?
Today’s Wordle Answer #382 – July 6, 2022 Solution And Hints
The answer to Wordle’s July 6, 2022, edition is the word fluff. When it comes to an etymological analysis, there isn’t much meat to the puzzle here. A close predecessor is the word floow (also spelled as flue), which refers to a wooly substance. There’s a Flemish term called vluwe and a French word velu meaning hairy or shaggy that are said to be earlier variants of the word. Some say that the world fluff is an imitative modification of the word floow, which describes the act of puffing a light substance. Another theory is that fluff came out from the merger of flue and puff.
There’s also a movie that was released in 2020 by the name “Fluff,” but you haven’t likely seen it unless names like John Pallotta, Wesley Green, Brian Anthony Wilson, and Gina Martino ring a bell. Fluff sandwich is also a delicacy in the New England region; it gets its name from the light filling that is predominantly marshmallow with jelly or peanut butter, and is colloquially referred to as the fluffernutter.
Samsung’s Foldable Phones Could Get Much Cheaper In The Near Future
During the restructuring of its smartphone branding scheme, Samsung adopted the A letter for its mid-range phones, reserving M for entry-level devices (spoiler: the three phone families now spell S, A, M). The Galaxy A series usually has some resemblance to flagship Galaxy S phones, particularly in design, but often skimps out on other hardware components like the processor, memory, and cameras. According to an insider source (via ETnews), Samsung will be using the same tactic to bring down its foldable prices to a more agreeable level.
The report doesn’t say which corners will allegedly be cut to reach that lower price point, though it does mention only having core functions installed. If there is one thing that Samsung can’t skimp on, however, it is the durability of the foldable phone and the materials it will use. If a cheap foldable phone with an already fragile display is easily damaged, it will only serve to scare potential buyers away rather than increase confidence in the product line.
Samsung will reportedly target a price of 1 million KRW, which is roughly $770 USD and therefore considerably cheaper than even the Galaxy Z Flip 3 model’s price tag. This won’t be happening anytime soon, though, as the pieces are unlikely to fall into place until 2024 — presumably when foldable displays themselves have become less expensive to make. Samsung’s timeline might also be influenced by Apple’s foldable plans, as the Korean company will most likely want to have its brand well-established in that market before the first foldable iPhone or iPad launch.
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