We went storm chasing in a $750,000 tornado-proof tank

  • Introducing the SRV Dominator 3, a $750,000 heavily modified beast converted from a Ford F350 turbo diesel
  • It’s used by an extreme meteorologist to chase storms
  • The aerodynamic tornado-proof tank features rockets for deploying data-measuring sensors into tornadoes

Published on Jul 05, 2024 at 3:05 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jul 11, 2024 at 12:33 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Ever wondered what vehicles storm chasers use? Supercar Blondie’s Gabby Downing has the answers as she checks out the $75,000 tornado-proof tank of an extreme meteorologist.

Labeled the SRV Dominator 3, it’s the work of storm chaser, Reed Timmer, and the $750,000 heavily modified beast converted from a Ford F350 turbo diesel, is able to tackle anything Mother Nature throws its way.

Tornado Alley, Oklahoma, US, is hit by frequent violent tornadoes – and the aerodynamic tornado-proof tank with airbag suspension, and window-lift polycarbonate and bullet-proof windows to withstand extreme winds and debris is the perfect solution.

Supercar Blondie

The best parts are the rockets for deploying data-measuring sensors into tornadoes.

It also features spikes to anchor the vehicle to the ground during a storm to avoid being blown away – extreme winds also recently caused a flight to accidentally hit supersonic speeds.


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.