You don't get to see a 20,000-lbs truck going sideways on a tight track every day.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is that type of event where you get to see a wide variety of cars, ranging from the tiny Mini to monstrosities such as this Red Bull Kamaz truck. It weighs around 20,000 pounds (a little over nine tons), but that doesn’t necessarily mean it cannot go sideways. In case you were wondering, propelling the brute is a gigantic 17.2-liter V8 diesel engine which puts out approximately 900 horsepower (671 kilowatts).
Looking as if it’s ready to face the zombie apocalypse, Kamaz’s Dakar Rally truck travelled around 2,000 miles (3,218 kilometers) from the team’s headquarters in Russia to participate at this year’s Goodwood FoS. The last 100 miles (161 km) were actually the hardest of the entire trip because the huge machine had to tackle the very busy London traffic. It must have been quite tricky for the 2015 Dakar Truck category winner Ayrat Mardeev to maneuver the truck which by the way is equipped with a 16-speed ZF manual gearbox.
It finally made it at Goodwood and was certainly a sight to behold, especially while going sideways at the hill climb and jumping around to get some decent airtime given the truck’s weight.
Now, how about one of those Gymkhana videos with this monster? Ken Block might have a problem performing all those stunts with a truck that has 16 gears, but maybe he can work something out together with his team. After all, they did make a 650-hp Fiesta ST for Gymkhana 8, so anything is possible.