Aluminum Shines in Military Vehicle on “Jay Leno’s Garage”
Durable aluminum is not only making strong headway in the automotive industry – it’s lending its strong hand to the U.S. Army, helping protect our protectors. This week, aluminum played a star role in an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” that featured the U.S. Army’s rugged Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED).
The FED sports a low weight aluminum structure, armoring, and underbody blast shield that will give troops an edge. Vehicle capability, mobility, protection and durability are increased, and a significant fuel efficiency increase over the current fleet is realized. In fact, the vehicle demonstrated 70 percent fuel efficiency improvement, which was driven primarily by integral aluminum armor/frame and powertrain components in place of steel.