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Handles like a tank. Hits like a tank. Basically, it is a tank. It just looks like a van.

The Carson Inferno Van is one of the few heavy vehicles in Paradise City with a ridiculous amount of weight and strength. In fact, the Inferno Van and its Burning Route variant are two of the toughest and heaviest vehicles in Paradise City. Its top speed is impressive for such a hefty vehicle, but its acceleration, handling and average boost ratings are not the best for Race events. Its weight also makes it completely useless for Stunt Runs, but makes it a solid choice for Road Rage and Marked Man events.

This big van, unlike the Hunter Takedown, does not have as much body roll. This makes it slightly more resilient to being shunted by other cars. Because this vehicle has a RWD configuration, drifting is much easier when using the normal brakes. When using the E-brake, the van quickly steps out to make a clean drift. Because the body is so wide, though, it may end up drifting with understeer at higher speeds. At lower speeds, the Inferno's weight bogs it down, but as long as its moving, it's guaranteed to slow down and possibly stop any cars shunting it from behind. When going against a Nighthawk, this four-wheeled tank can battle with it quite well. It can't outrun a Nighthawk, but it can slow it down with simple rams, sideswipes, or force it into an uncontrolled straight trajectory from a hard shunt. If the player manages to PIT maneuver the Nighthawk, it will end up being positioned sideways for a T-Bone Takedown.


The Carson Inferno Van resembles a 1983 GMC Vandura, especially the modified A-Team van with its bull bar, red wheels and rear wing.

It also bears a strong resemblance to the vans seen in traffic.

Burning Route[]

Burning Route (Right) Inferno Van Burning Route

How to Unlock[]

Win 51 events then shut it down.


  • Burnout Paradise's Free February Update lowered the Inferno Van's speed stat from 7 to 4 and its boost stat was raised from 5 to 6.
  • The license plate reads: US-VN-01 which stands for "United States-Van-01".
  • Traffic vans share the same plate and a similar body.
  • A Paradise Award references the B Team Van in Burnout 3: Takedown (on which the Inferno Van was based), which in itself is an aformentioned reference to the A-Team van.
  • "Inferno" is the Italian and Portuguese word for "Hell".