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Driving a Giant Pickup Truck in the UK

Driving a Giant Pickup Truck in the UK

Here in the US, SUVs and pickup trucks are wildly popular. But in the UK and much of Europe, small cars are the norm. Mat from carwow took to the streets of the UK with a Hennessey Mammoth – an upgraded Ram TRX – to see how hard it is to fit the beast down narrow streets, keep it fueled up, and order food from a drive-thru.

Carving a Wooden Super Truck

Carving a Wooden Super Truck

Woodcarving Art has created some pretty amazing wooden models of vehicles, but this 22-wheeler is his most impressive yet. He started out with a big, heavy piece of timber, then gradually cut and carved it into a miniature of the imposing International Lonestar semi truck, pulling a 12-wheeled trailer behind it.

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International Blue Bird Adventure Bus

International Blue Bird Adventure Bus

If you find yourself at the end of the world, buddy up with Gordo from Earth. He transformed a 2003 International Blue Bird school bus into a mobile workshop. It has solar and generator power, a massive roof rack, beds for four, and a rear deck with a crane for moving gear. Mobile Dwellings takes us on a tour of this awesome rig.

Earthquake Maker Truck

Earthquake Maker Truck

Engineers need to simulate earthquakes to make buildings and other structures safer. Tom Scott headed to the University of Texas to check out the T-Rex, a mobile test rig that can produce massive vibrations in the ground. Combined with sensors, it can measure the stiffness of soil thousands of feet beneath the surface without digging.

Driven: 2022 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition

Driven: 2022 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition

The Tundra 1794 Edition is one of the most luxurious versions of Toyota’s full-size pickup. We spent a week with this tricked-out truck, enjoying its muscular looks, capable drivetrain, and upscale interior. Toyota did an excellent job modernizing this workhorse, and this model is a treat for buyers with deep pockets.

How a Fire Engine Works

How a Fire Engine Works

Jake O’Neal from Animagraffs creates detailed see-through 3D illustrations which show how things work. In this video, he walks us through the inner workings of a typical fire engine for a look at how firefighters ride inside the truck, its lights and sirens, its powerful water-pumping system, and onboard safety gear.

Banquet Hall in a Truck

Banquet Hall in a Truck

Most wedding banquet halls are either permanent structures or set up under a tent. But this unique vehicle from Chinese event company Hanchuan Ximen Bridge Liangming Etiquette Co., Ltd. packs an entire mobile reception hall and dining room into the back of a tractor-trailer rig.

C3 R/C Drink Coolers

C3 R/C Drink Coolers

C3’s remote-controlled coolers keep drinks chilled and look awesome doing it. They come in several body styles, including SUV, truck, and even a Zamboni, in numerous color schemes with stock or custom graphics. Each has a foam-insulated, 24-can cooler, Bluetooth sound, LED headlights, and can tow an add-on trailer.

360º Dump Truck

360º Dump Truck

The Prinoth Panther T14R is a unique dump truck that rides on tank treads and can spin its bed around 360º. Its design allows it to load and unload its contents in opposite directions without having to make a U-turn.

Cars and Trucks vs. Giant Bulge

Cars and Trucks vs. Giant Bulge

There’s a series of videos making the rounds that shows vehicles being launched off of a disproportionately tall bulge in the road, and they’re quite entertaining. The clips were made using the soft-body vehicle simulator BeamNG.drive, and these ones were posted by BeamNG Nation. That Cybertruck aced the landing.

World’s Biggest Hummer H1

World’s Biggest Hummer H1

Because the gas-guzzling Hummer H1 wasn’t big enough, Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan aka the “Rainbow Sheikh” commissioned the build of this monster edition that’s roughly three times the size of the original. It’s powered by four diesel engines – one for each wheel, and its interior serves as a conference room.

Making a Cardboard R/C Dump Truck

Making a Cardboard R/C Dump Truck

DanCreator built this substantial cardboard dump truck with a working drivetrain. He started with the chassis from an R/C sports car, then cut it down to size and retrofitted it with a new body that he cut out from cardboard sheets. He also added a motor and mechanism to open and close its dump box.

Inside the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon

Inside the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon

Reporting for Pickup Truck Plus SUV Talk, automotive journalist and friend of The Awesomer, Micah Wright headed to the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon for an up-close look at some of the weird and wonderful custom SUVs, trucks, and vans on display on the show floor. That Daihatsu Midget truck is bonkers. Watch part two here.

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AMPD 2

AMPD 2

Baja 1000 champ Alan Ampudia is back with a sequel to his epic trophy truck stunt film AMPD. This time, he drove through Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to catch some crazy air, kick up lots of dirt, and show off sponsor Toyo Tires’ rugged Open Country A/T III tires.

MegaRexx MegaBronc

MegaRexx MegaBronc

MegaRexx specializes in upgrading for Ford Super Duty trucks. The custom-built MegaBronc started as a 2021 F-250, but now seats seven, and has a removable hardtop. Powered by a 6.7L V8 turbodiesel engine, it rides on enormous 40″ mud-terrain tires, and has a custom grille inspired by its namesake Ford Bronco.

Driven: 2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

Driven: 2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

The shiny new 2022 Nissan Frontier has a bold design, a powerful new V6 engine, and is just the right size for everyday life and weekend fun. The PRO-4X model comes fully outfitted for adventures both on- and off-road and has rugged good looks.

Chevrolet Beast Concept

Chevrolet Beast Concept

Chevy turned up at SEMA 2021 with this over-the-top desert runner truck. It’s based on the chassis of a Silverado short bed with a shortened frame, a Chromoly roll cage, and an extra-wide stance. It rocks a custom off-road suspension, massive 37″ tires, and is powered by a 6.2L supercharged LT4 V8 that makes 650 hp.

Electric Truck Highway

Electric Truck Highway

There’s little question that EVs reduce carbon emissions, but they’re not as convenient to fill up as gas-powered vehicles. Tom Scott headed to Germany to check out an power solution that sends electricity to trucks via overhead wires like a tram. A hybrid powertrain takes over when changing lanes or exiting highways.

Driven: 2022 Toyota Tundra

Driven: 2022 Toyota Tundra

Toyota’s full-size pickup has received the top-to-bottom redesign we’ve been waiting for, and we spent a day putting the new Tundra through its paces in and around its hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Highlights include two powerful new engines, a smooth new suspension, and a bold new interior with a new multimedia interface.

2022 Toyota Tundra

2022 Toyota Tundra

Toyota’s big pickup has bold new looks and two new engines: a twin-turbo V6 with 389hp and 479 lb-ft. of torque or the motor-enhanced i-FORCE MAX with 437 hp and 583 lb-ft. of torque. Also new is a multi-link rear suspension, optional adaptive suspension, trailering cameras, and a new multimedia system with up to a 14″ touchscreen.

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GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept

GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept

This tricked-out GMC Canyon AT4 has been outfitted for overland adventures. The lifted pickup truck has added underbody protection, a heavy-duty front bumper with a winch, recovery points, a swing-out spare tire, and windshield guy lines. It also packs a kitchenette, a drawer bed storage system, a roof-mounted tent, and more.

Making Tea with a Semi

Making Tea with a Semi

It’s tricky enough to back up an 18-wheeler in a straight line, but truck driver Niall Reid is a show-off. Not only did he roll his truck wheels backward without hitting the teacup on the ground, but he also used its hydraulic suspension to dip a tea bag into it for his afternoon break.

2022 Ram 1500 Rebel G/T

2022 Ram 1500 Rebel G/T

The Rebel G/T is a sport styling and performance upgrade for Ram’s already excellent 1500 Rebel pickup. The G/T gets a sport hood, a factory-installed Mopar cold-end exhaust and cold-air intake, paddle shifters, metal pedals, G/T bucket seats, and Performance pages. A 5.7-liter V8 with eTorque mild-hybrid assist is standard.

Rivian R1T Camp Kitchen

Rivian R1T Camp Kitchen

One of the cooler options coming to the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck is the integrated mobile kitchen. It slides out of the side of the truck and includes a pair of induction burners, a sink, 5 gallons of water storage, and storage for cooking and serving accessories. Volter Media posted a demo of a late-stage prototype.

Classic Truck Carries Classic Cars

Classic Truck Carries Classic Cars

While visiting a classic car show in Nebraska, Tim from Pickup Truck Plus SUV Talk came across the most appropriate method of transporting collectible show cars. What he saw was this restomodded 1947 Ford COE Semi carrying some sweet hot rods and vintage wheels, and snagged an interview with its owners.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford’s first electric pickup truck has a dual-motor, four-wheel drivetrain that makes either 426 hp or 563 hp and 775 lb-ft. of torque, with a range of 230 or 300 miles. It has a large front storage space in place of the engine and can be equipped with a 2.4kW or 9.6kW Pro Power system for powering AC tools, lights, and more.

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