M8 LAC (China)

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␗Light Armored Car M8
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
80 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
19 / 19 / 19Hull
15 / 9 / 5Turret
7.9 tWeight
210 hp110 hpEngine power
27 hp/t14 hp/tSurface density
100 km/h forward
13 km/h back
90 km/h forward
12 km/h back
37 mm M6 cannonMain weapon
80 roundsAmmunition
2.9 / 3.7 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunMachinegun
400 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 40°Vertical guidance
1 500 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
10 Ge icon.pngAces
× (100) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 0.1 Sl icon.png× 0.1 Sl icon.png× 0.1 Sl icon.png


GarageImage M8 LAC (China).jpg

The ␗Light Armored Car M8 is a rank I Chinese light tank with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision". It is identical to the USA M8 Greyhound.

General info

Survivability and armour

This vehicle´s intended design leaves us with only 12.7 mm. of armor at a 59° angle slope in front hull, Side hull is only protected with 9.5 mm. And the strongest part being the gun mantlet with 25 mm. plus 19.1 mm. of turret armor. As a result this vehicle is only protected against machinegun caliber fire, with the sides easily penned by heavy machine gun fire. Altough this may prove an advantage when fighting against shells with delayed fuse. The crew is very tight, so one AP shell at center mass could kill everyone inside, there are some rounds stored at the turret, and at the vehicle´s floor, bringing less rounds eliminates the rounds stored in the turret. Also keep in mind that it is an open top vehicle, making it vulnerable to artillery and aerial attacks.


While it has poor armour and survivability this vehicle excels in terms of mobility, as a wheeled vehicle it reaches 60 km/h on road in arcade with stock modules. and 40 km/h off road.

On realistic it reaches 38 km/h off road, and 55 km/h on road with 7 gears, it also has 12 km/h reverse speed on two reverse gears.


Main armament

Main article: M6 (37 mm)

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Machine guns

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Usage in battles

When using this vehicle keep in mind that you are virtually naked to every main gun, that means you shouldnt expose yourself unnecesarily and not give the opponents a chance to shoot at you, coupled with the fact that the main gun can penetrate every other vehicle in its rank and its excellent mobility makes this vehicle a hit and run tactic very viable, ambushing your opponent on your terms, after you destroyed it change your position again and find concealment and or cover, use your fast reverse speed to your advantage, avoid 1 on 1 fights, and fair fights.

Pros and cons


  • M6 Cannon has 67 mm. pen at 500m. Enough to pen every other vehicle in its tier.
  • Pintle mounted HMG is very lethal against other similiarly armoured vehicles and slow planes, such as tier 1 biplanes.
  • One of the fastest vehicles on road with a max speed of 60 km/h.
  • Reverse speed of 12 km/h.


  • Wheeled vehicle, performs poorly off-road and cannot turn in place
  • Virtually no armor, tight crew and open top make this vehicle very vulnerable.
  • M6 Cannon requires precision shots, as post penetration effects are weak.
  • Turret traverse is rather sluggish
  • Looks very similar to the USA M8 Greyhound, the lighter colored camouflage can be hard to distinguish in Simulator Battles


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See also

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China light tanks
  ZBD86 · Type 62 · Type 63-I
American  ␗M8 LAC · ␗M3A3 Stuart · ␗M5A1 · ␗M24
Soviet  ␗T-26 mod. 1939 · T-26 No.531 · ␗PT-76
Japanese  ␗Type 97 Chi-Ha Kai