Fri Dec 06 2013 16:20:06 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
I thought a few people might be interested to see Ford's first GT500, a Mk1 Cortina. Originally sold in 1965, it was an homologation special for the Armstrong 500 mile race (Which became the Bathurst 1000) that required all entries to be exactly as per cars sold in the showroom, with a minimum of 250 cars sold.
The track is truly frightening back in 1965 and the safety gear is virtually non-existent, which makes for some decent racing. Gotta love the commentary too :)
Tue Oct 15 2013 14:06:01 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Meet the new World's Largest Dump Truck.
Belaz debuted its latest dump truck last month, and the Belarusian company claims it to be the biggest in the world. The 75710 can carry a staggering 496-ton (equivalent to 450 metric tons) payload, and will be used in open mines on temporary roads. To put the size of the truck into perspective, take a look at one of its eight tires, which is twice as tall as an average-size person!
Two 16-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines with a combined capacity of 130 liters power the mining truck, with help from an electromechanical transmission to put the power to the ground. Each engine produces 2,300 horsepower for a combined 4,600 hp, yet that number seems paltry when considering the combined torque rating: 13,738 pound-feet of torque! All that power nets a top speed of just 40 miles per hour, but at least the weight distribution evens out with a full payload. Speaking of full payloads, the truck has a max weight of 893 tons filled to the brim.
Belaz's chief designer for mining vehicles, Leonid Trukhnov, says the 75710 is the first 496-ton mining truck made, and the company is submitting documents to claim a Guinness World Record.