Massive Diesel Truck’s Epic Burn Out
Thankfully, this massive diesel truck has a transmission that allows it to lock sets of differentials. That keeps the back two wheels stationary while the middles are revving up. It also means that this diesel truck can produce a huge volume of thick, black smoke – the likes of which even a Chevy Silverado with a 6.7L Cummins engine would be jealous about. From the looks of this truck, it’s likely a MAN truck or similar – that’s a line of European diesel trucks that usually have three or more axles.
One of the biggest differences you’ll notice between European tractor trailers and American versions is the distinctly different cab design. European models tend to be more compact. But thankfully, when it comes to engines – European diesel can hold on like the rest of them. For instance, if we take a look at the MAN D2676 diesel engine, it’s got optimally close to 480 HP. When compared to something like a 6.7L Cummins diesel, that may not be something incredible – but it’s the fact that Europeans LOVE to turbo-charge their diesels. And suddenly, a normally low HP diesel engine becomes a 480 HP beast!
European Transmissions Are Where It’s At
The one place where the Europeans almost have us schooled is in gearbox efficiency. When we get right down to it, the MAN TGS has 16 gears and a complex servo shift system which means their drivers have a shorter shifting distance. It also lets the driver decide what level of sensitive traction is preferred – could it be optimum traction for extremely slippery and wet roads or perhaps it’s times you’re looking to impress onlookers with a mean burnout?
Well, there’s permanent and selective switching for all-wheel drive. You’re good to go â head out into the mud, the swamp, or the rocks â the MAN TGS is ready for y
Well, there’s permanent and selective switching for all-wheel drive. You’re good to go – head out into the mud, the swamp, or the rocks – the MAN TGS is ready for you. It’s even got off-road covered! Now, that’s not to say that Ford, Peterbilt, Volvo and all the rest don’t bring their finest to the truck world for our American semi tractor trailers – it’s just in the application.
European roadways can be extremely temperamental – not to mention tight, short, and bendy. Taking an American International 7.3L IDI engine in a classic Peterbilt cab means you need a certain turn radius in order to operate. That just ain’t happening as often in Europe. People are very packed together and when they’re not – they’re spread out on sometimes really cruddy roads. This ain’t the place for swinging huge semi tractor trailer loads. You need something tight, agile and able to go with the flow – like the MAN TDS and similar.
Fun Fact: If You Thought Driving A Semi Was Tough – Imagine The Locomotive Truck!
Patented back in the early 60s, the Europeans must’ve thought that the only thing better than driving an American semi tractor trailer would be to turn that tractor trailer into a train! Using the power of a locomotive engine, this massive beast would weave in and around the roadways with more gear boxes than any truck driver would like to imagine. Thankfully, that truck didn’t go too far but man would it have been a sight!
What’s worse is that Europeans, unlike Americans, are subject to some pretty restrictive taxes on diesel fuel because of its supposed carbon emission. That means Europeans with a real taste for diesel glory have to go through a number of flaming hoops to get their black diesel smog fix. Want to make it even crazier? European countries like Sweden and Norway actually limit how far a semi tractor trailer can go to transport its haul. Make it one step more nuts – they’re limited on their loads to the likes of which no American driver would ever imagine. Thankfully, the United Kingdom woke up to its senses a bit and has the second largest haul capacity rating for its trucks – 97,000 pounds. The only country that has them beat is the Netherlands where they allow a clean 100,000 pound cargo limit.
Now, let’s step over to the other side of the world for a minute to discuss the real MVPs – Australia. ‘Stralia, as it’s known on the commercials, allows a maximum width for its tractor trailers at 15 feet wide. That’s almost a clear lane of traffic. Well, the reason is simple – when you’re hauling freight across the desolate expanse of the great Outback, you need to get it done in one shot. Nobody wants to drive for 16 hours straight across no man’s land only to get stopped for being too wide. That’s why it’s a WIDELOAD. Well, in conclusion, this European diesel sure knows how to spill a huge steaming cascade of black diesel smoke. If you enjoyed this post, remember to like and share our page and check back regularly to see more exciting truck entertainment.