In this video, we see a third-generation Land Rover Discovery get exactly what’s coming to it: a 105mm round fired straight from a tank.
Elsewhere in the world, Land Rovers are renowned for their ruggedness, reliability, and ability to get through any terrain unscathed. Here in North America, things are a little different. Consumer Reports has them listed as one of the least reliable brands in America from their 2018 report, and we don’t expect that to improve in 2019.
This Land Rover, in particular, is a third-gen Discovery marketed as the LR3 in the US. It’s powered by a 4.0-L V6 with only 216 hp. Or it was--according to the boys at FullMag, this Discovery was “on its last legs” and wouldn’t pass emissions testing, so it was donated to them to do with as they pleased.
And what they pleased was to drive it out into the Nevada desert for one last grand finale.
On the other side of the reliability spectrum is the M60A3 main battle tank. Renowned by military technicians for its simplicity and serviceability, the M60 is still around in military forces around the world. Under the hood (or armor, in this case) is a 29.3-L Continental twin-turbo V12 diesel engine that produces 750 hp. Top speed is a stately 30 mph.
But we’re not here for the speed test: we’re here for the gun, which is a 105mm rifled cannon.
Taking aim at the Land Rover, the FullMag folks set up high-speed cameras to catch the carnage in all its glory. A solid round from the main cannon enters just above the front driver’s side fender and then exits down by the front passenger side axle.
Not that there’s any axle left by the time the round exits.
As you can see, the 105mm solid shell completely obliterates the engine compartment. There’s a small hole above the left fender, and then a giant crater where the engine used to be along with a mass of twisted and smoking metal.
And because the rear hatch gets stuck due to the lack of power, they used a recoilless rifle to blow it open. Because why not?