We’re already looking at another scorching summer – yes Trump, no global warming involved here – but there’s something chillingly cool about watching a 1,000-hp, 22,000-lbs beast gracefully flying in slow motion.
In case you have any type of affiliation with the world of motorsport, surely you have heard about Kamaz, the Russion truck brand that is just as legendary as the legendary Dakar Rally when it comes to participation in the prestigious competition. This year the Russian truck manufacturer triumphed yet again in its class, with the Kamaz Master team and “fearless” driver Eduard Nikolaev took the laurels. Now the second largest marathon rally of 2017 – the Silk Way trophy – is coming just around the corner and the 22,000-lbs (10-tonne) truck is preparing diligently in one of the most extreme regions in Russia – Transpolar in Murmansk.
And this epic feat we’re going to see in the video below has a reason – they were testing the new Continental 14.00 R20 164/160K HC tires via this fly over 35 meters. You have to believe it – because you’re seeing it – as crazy as it sounds, this hippo of a truck, packing a 1,000-horsepower (747-kilowatt), 16.2-liter V8 diesel engine will take to the sky once it hits 87 miles per hour (140 kilometers per hour). The team said the tires “gripped the snowy slush well, the suspension withstood the blows and, on landing, the truck carried on at maximum speed to show that they are the Kings of the Northern Desert.” “To test the truck we went to Kirovsk, in the Murmansk region, to one of the snowiest regions in Russia,” says Nikolaev. “There, right through to the late spring, there’s a lot of deep snow. For our KAMAZ-4326, these conditions are very similar to driving on the sands of South America or Africa, and for the team this is great training in the skills of driving on the coming ‘silk’ dunes.”