Dump trucks are probably the most primal manifestation of big, powerful things with motors that you can find. And, for some reason, we’re constantly making them bigger, to the point where they’re land boats. The latest claim to the throne comes from Belaz, a Belarusian company, and if it’s not a world record, it’s still overkill.
All The Dumping You Could Ever Need
Let’s start with the most important figure: This device can haul 496 tons of material. In fact, it’s so heavy and is engineered to take so much weight that it’s not actually road legal anywhere in the world; it can only be driven on temporary roads built on construction sites. How this dump truck is actually taken to the construction site and used is something we guess the owners will have to figure out.
Big, Big Boy
Furthermore, everything about this beast is overkill. You might notice in the photos up above that the tires are twice the height of the average human being; this isn’t a vehicle you want to get trapped under, kids. It operates on two sixteen-cylinder diesel engines, with 65 liters apiece to fuel it. The combined horsepower, as you might have guessed, is a wee bit excessive: 4,600 horsepower, with 13,738 pound-feet of torque.
The one place it isn’t excessive is speed; as you might guess, even 4,600 horses can’t drag something this huge very fast, and it tops out at around forty miles an hour.
It’s not really clear who, precisely, is going to buy a truck so ridiculously oversized and for what purpose. Belaz has mentioned it will likely be used for mining, which makes sense. Honestly, we mostly think this thing exists to be featured in those videos of heavy machinery they sell to hypnotize children for a few hours. Hey, if nothing else, it’ll be doing good in the world.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.