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Big Rig Drifting 2

Big Rig Drifting 2

12-time Big Rig Pikes Peak champ Mike Ryan took his 10,000 lb., 1950hp semi truck to the El Toro Marine Base, the site of Ken Block’s first Gymkhana video, and did some drifting of his own.

BMW M3 Pickup

BMW M3 Pickup

BMW’s idea of an April Fools’ joke, the “World’s Fastest Pickup” has a 420hp engine and a maximum load capacity of more than 990lbs. It actually looks fairly decent with the Targa roof off.

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How to Stop a Runaway Truck

How to Stop a Runaway Truck

Ever wonder why they put those concrete barriers around government buildings? We always thought they were just for show, but after watching how they can stop a truck at 50mph, we’re believers.

LEGO Tow Truck

LEGO Tow Truck

Sariel says that this 11-lb. tow truck is his most complex creation yet, and we believe him. 17 electric motors powers its moving parts, including the towing arm and the steerable front wheels.

GMC All Terrain HD Concept

GMC All Terrain HD Concept

The Sierra All Terrain HD concept has a 6.6L V8 engine that delivers 397hp and 765 lb.ft. of torque. Its suspension has been beefed up, it has 35in tires and is wider and taller than the original Sierra HD.

Big Rig Drifting

Big Rig Drifting

Hot Rod Magazine met up with pro driver Mike Ryan to see something that was never meant to be done – big rig drifting. We swear we could hear the truck scream in pain as it whirled around.

Tow Truck Driver Fail

Tow Truck Driver Fail

Somehow, it’s a relief and a comfort to know that on the other side of the world in Shanghai there are feisty and annoyed lady drivers saying no (and perhaps worse) to authority. Hilarity ensues at :26.

Dekotora

Dekotora

Dekotora – an abbreviation of “decoration truck” – are heavily stylized and modified trucks most commonly found in Japan, popularized by a 70s movie about – what else? – a costumed trucker.

2011 Ford F-150 Harley

2011 Ford F-150 Harley

The 2011 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson edition has a 6.2L V8 engine with 411hp and 434 lb-ft of torque, 22-in wheels and a specially tuned exhaust that gives out that “throaty V8 rumble”.

Monster Mini One-Off

Monster Mini One-Off

Cummins has creatively crammed a 3500 hp, V18 diesel engine (you know, the kind they put in dump trucks) into an original Mini; it has more than 10,000lb/ft of torque and uses 12 turbochargers.

Smart Car + Monster Truck

Smart Car + Monster Truck

Put ’em together and whaddya get? This monstrosity, called the forfun2 – a tiny little 2-seater atop giant monster-truck wheels, cranking out a whopping 84bhp. See it in action here.

Monsterbike

Monsterbike

Clearly not the most practical of personal transportation vehicles, this crazy-looking bike gets its front wheel from a monster truck tire. Other than that, it’s completely normal, right?

Transformer Truck

Transformer Truck

Students at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts created this 32 foot-tall, 4-ton Transformer sculpture from the parts of an old truck. Don’t you want one in your front yard?

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Hennessey VelociRaptor 500

Hennessey VelociRaptor 500

Hennessey’s VelociRaptor 500 gets ferocious with a Whipple supercharged 5.4L V8, good for 501 hp and 520 lb-ft, shaving its 0-60 from 8.4s to 5.6s; it’ll be limited to 100 kits each year.

QT Wildcats

QT Wildcats

QT is anything but cute: the offroad company has three new models, ranging from the street legal 300STR to the 4.0L Jag V8 400DKR, which placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the Pharaons Rally.

Concept: Transparentius

Concept: Transparentius

No, it’s not an excuse to tailgate, but Art Lebedev’s Transparentius concept is a simple (although pricey) way of seeing around a truck: a camera up front projects video on the back door.

Amatoya Fire Recon Vehicle

Amatoya Fire Recon Vehicle

Because awesome firefighters deserve a awesome ride: the Amatoya Fire Recon Vehicle features dual cannons, a 2200 liter water tank, and aerogel protected windows and bodywork.

The Frictionator Jet Truck

The Frictionator Jet Truck

The Frictionator claims it’s the only street legal jet truck in the world, and with a 7,000 hp GE J85 jet engine, we ain’t gonna argue; it’s mounted to a Ford F650 and tops out at 200 mph.

Heavy Equipment Calendar

Heavy Equipment Calendar

It may not be the SI: Swimsuit Edition, but the 2010 Heavy Equipment Calendar is full-on construction porn, with gorgeous HDR images of wheel loaders, dump trucks, and excavators.

2010 Ford SVT Raptor 6.2

2010 Ford SVT Raptor 6.2

Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor gets a boost over its initial debut with a 6.2L V8 good for 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque; it’ll be available 12/1 along with 5.4L and $100k XT models.

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Midnight Rider Tailgater

Midnight Rider Tailgater

Country music duo Brooks & Dunn teams up with Toyota for the Tundra Midnight Rider Tailgater; a slide-out tailgate reveals a BBQ grill, beer tap, ice chest, 42″ TV and Kicker sound system.

CNG Ford Street-Rod

CNG Ford Street-Rod

AFVTech’s Ford Street-Rod is almost too good to be true: it combines a 600 hp Chevy LS7 7.0L V8, a low-emission compressed natural gas setup, and a head-turning chopped top.

2011 Ford Super Duty

2011 Ford Super Duty

Its large schnoz will inhale a Smart car, but Ford’s 2011 Super Duty means business: it’s an F-450/F-350 hybrid truck with a 33,000 lb. weight rating and a turbo 6.7L V8 diesel.

Dunkel Luxury 4×4 RV

Dunkel Luxury 4×4 RV

Built on a Ford F-650 chassis, Dunkel Industries’ Luxury 4×4 is an uber-RV; it’ll haul an entire car in its bed and includes a shower, two flatscreens TVs yet still is able to go off-roading.

Radical Flyer

Radical Flyer

Spotted by Jalopnik, Wes Messick’s Radical Flyer is every boy at heart’s dream come true: it’s a giant eight passenger wagon by a 5.7L Chevy 350 small block. PS-drag race here.

Ogio Step-Up Ramp

Ogio Step-Up Ramp

Stowing your bike onto a truck has always been a two step process, so Ogio’s Step-Up Ramp is a godsend: it lets you temporarily park the bike while you jump onto the tailgate.

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