During the 2017 Monster Jam World Finals XVIII, driver Lee O’Donnell was zipping around the dirt in his beastly ride, The Mad Scientist, when he pulled off a stunt never before performed in a monster truck – a front flip. Naturally, he went on to win the freestyle competition.
The Mint 400 is called The Great American Off-Road Race. To make the experience even better, Toyota helped us turn it into an awesome off-road road trip and adventure ending up in Las Vegas. We queued up Fear and Loathing and hit the road for an amazing weekend adventure.
Incredible video out of Korea of a tractor trailer losing control on the highway, balancing on just half of his wheels, then miraculously landing safely back on the road. Either the guy behind the wheel was a stunt driver, or his cargo was a bunch of self-balancing scooters.
The love child of an NV 2500 HD van and a Titan XD truck, this off-road beast has a Cummins 5.0L V8 turbodiesel engine, 4WD, 37-inch General Grabber X3 tires, a high-travel front suspension, a 10,000lb winch, LED off-road lights, and still carries 234 cu. ft. of cargo.
Mansory takes the already badass G-Wagen and takes it to the next level with a carbon fiber widebody kit with fender flares, door skins, and front and rear bumpers. Cough up enough dough, and they’ll fit the interior with luxurious diamond-quilted leather and carbon fiber trim.
Our friends at Rides & Drives head to Northern Wisconsin and tell a tale of big fish, cold beer, Hawg Wobblers, supper clubs, and the 2016 Nissan Titan XD. If you’ve ever thought of taking a fishing trip to the northwoods, you might want to read this first!
To show off the precision and predictability of their powertrains, Volvo Trucks turned one of their big rigs into a tow boat for a paraglider. Watch flyer Guillaume Galvani and driver Louise Marriott work in perfect harmony to pull off this dangerous stunt without a hitch.
The new performance variant of Chevy’s mid-size pickup gains 2″ of suspension lift, steel rocker protectors, Multimatic shocks, 17×8 wheels with 31-inch off-road tires, and front and rear locking diffs. Comes with either a 308 hp V6, or a 181 hp diesel with 369 lb-ft. of torque.
Here’s something we never thought we’d see. Luxury and sports car maker Mercedes-Benz is showing off two concept variants of a mid-size pickup. While we’re not sure we’d want to take these trucks off-road and get them really dirty, they sure look pretty. Launching late 2017.
Toyota’s most rugged mid-size pickup yet, the new Tacoma TRD Pro rides on 2.5″ FOX Shocks, is wider, taller, has a 35º approach angle, and a 1/4″ skid plate to protect components. We dig the blacked out grille, hood scoop, and overfenders. Read our full review on 95octane.
Suspension component maker Hellwig Products and LGE-CTS Motorsports are building this off-road beast for SEMA 2016. The modded Nissan Titan XD has a forged sway bar and air bags to handle the big Lance Camper, and rides on massive Falken tires and black Method Wheels.
The F-150 Raptor is back, and Hennessey has a new VelociRaptor upgrade package for it. The biggest additions are the second rear axle and extra pair of wheels. It also has better suspension, bumpers and the option to go up to a 600+hp twin-turbo engine kit.
GM and the US Army created this badass concept truck for military operations. The 6.5 ft. tall truck runs quietly thanks to a hydrogen-electric 4WD drivetrain, its power pack can be removed to power field operations, and can produce clean drinking water as a by-product.
An insane version of Ram’s Rebel pickup, ready to do 100 mph+ off-road. It’s driven by a supercharged 6.2L V8 Hemi (aka the Hellcat engine), tuned to 575 hp, an extra-wide track with monstrous 37″ tires, 13″ wheel travel, and six-point racing harnesses for all passengers.
A look inside Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi factory, where hardworking folks have built every single TITAN pickup truck since 2003. We’re still amazed to see how coils of steel are transformed by man and machine into the vehicles we rely on every day for work and play.
While Gordon Murray is used to designing F1 race cars, he says his proudest achievement is this tiny truck, designed for less developed areas. It can be hand-assembled in 12 hours, drive 600mi per fill up, handle rough terrain, and carry a 2 ton load while fording 3ft of water.
Jay Leno’s Garage shares one of the most unique vehicles you’ll ever see. This gaspunk beauty is a 1939 Plymouth fitted with a 300hp Cessna engine. It took Gary Corns, his friends and his two sons about 1.5 years to build the racer. It even has a similarly-themed tow truck.
Today I Found Out points out why there are only a handful of foreign light trucks available in the US. It all has to do with the chicken tax, a 25% import tax on trucks that the US imposed in 1963 in retaliation for European countries placing a similarly high tariff on US chicken.
We visited Toyota’s 4.2m sq.ft. San Antonio Texas manufacturing plant to see how they build their rugged Tacoma and Tundra pickups. Over 7200 people from Toyota and its partners work in concert with robotics to complete a truck every 60 seconds. (Video by Jim Rough)
Hagerty shares this time-lapse of an old Ford Flathead V8 engine being stripped down to its block, then painstakingly rebuilt to like-new by Thirlby Automotive with the help of Edelbrock. It’s amazing how good something this old can look with enough time and effort.
Bruiser Conversions turns Jeep Wranglers into monstrous off-road pick up trucks that they call the JK Crew. Each build varies in specs, and this particular unit’s already been sold, but the shop can fit it with custom suspension, bumper, tube doors and more.
Volvo Trucks demonstrates the insane amount of power one of its FH16 trucks can exert, as a single truck pulls 40 loaded containers weighing over 1.6 million lbs. We’re not sure it really helped, but they put World’s Strongest Man Magnus Samuelsson behind the wheel.