The Tesla Wildebeest
|Type||Light Armored Vehicle|
|Place of origin||Southwest Republic|
|In service||2008 - Present|
|Used by||Southwest Republic Defense Force|
|Produced||2008 - Present|
|Number built||~ 3,000|
|Weight||1,500 lb - 2,500 lb|
|Crew||2 (Driver & Gunner)|
|25 mm M242 Bushmaster Chain Gun|
|Ground clearance||3 ft|
|Fuel capacity||Fusion cell batteries|
The Tesla Wildebeest, commonly called the Wildebeest or just the Beast, is a four-wheel drive military automobile produced by Tesla Motors. The vehicle was designed specifically for the armed forces of the Southwest Republic, due to the number of different environments the armed forces operates in. The design of the vehicle protects its occupants from small arms fire, mines, IED's (improvised explosive device), artillery fragments, electromagnetic weapons, and NBC weapons. The Wildebeest is completely amphibious, with the ability to go 40 mph in the water.
Before the development of the Wildebeest, the Southwestern forces were utilizing technical vehicles or captured American humvees in order to combat the invading federal troops. These vehicles had failed their main purpose, with most Southwestern troops being killed by roadside bombs than actual combat with federal troops. Following the Second American Civil War, Secretary of Defense Erv Hughes and the Department of Defense contracted Tesla Motors to construct a multi-purpose, armored vehicle capable of withstanding small arms fire and roadside bombs.
Tesla released the Wildebeest on December 1, 2007, under the slogan "The future in infantry and supply transportation." The next day, Hughes reviewed the Wildebeest in action, and determined that it was the perfect vehicle for the Deseret armed forces. Tesla began production of the Wildebeest in January of 2008, with CEO Elon Musk announcing that his company could construct fifty Wildebeest per month, adding up to a total of six-hundred Wildebeests per year. By the end of December of 2012, approximately 3,000 Wildebeest had been produced, leading to the Department of Defense to begin the process of decommissioning the HMMW permanently.
The Southwest Republic Defense Force, as well as twelve police departments, are the sole operators of the Tesla Wildebeest. Tesla Motors, according to CEO Elon Musk, has been looking into exporting the Wildebeest to foreign countries, with Iran and Sudan being potential buyers of the Wildebeest.