Cramming yourself into a Winnebago for your next road trip to Vegas? Ludicrous. Get there in the back end of a big-rig, rolling disco, the worlds biggest limo.
The 25-ton, 21m long Midnight Rider is the world's heaviest limousine, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Technically a "Tractor-Trailer Limousine", it was built between 1997 and 2004. The Midnight Rider is based in Southern California and licensed to travel throughout the USA -- at least roads wide enough to accommodate its 15m turning radius.
The Midnight Rider is the only vehicle of its kind with more than 90 per cent of its 4200 parts fabricated in-house. Its trailer employs an H-frame stainless-steel construction with 1400 aircraft-quality welds and an aluminium belt sixteen times thicker than conventional big-rigs -- creating a solid and safe frame that surrounds the 40sqm of interior party space. A 435 hp Peterbilt 379 tractor provides the towing power while the rig's 22 wheels and oversized brakes keep this mammoth mobile disco in check. Drawing current from a pair of on-board generators, its double-redundancy electrical system powers the limo's 3.2 million candlepower worth of exterior lights.
The limo's interior is modelled after Presidential Pullman Cars from the 1870s -- that is, heavy on the mirrored wood and polished brass -- and seats 40 spread among three separate lounge areas, each with its own bar, big screen and phones.
It costs $US1000 per hour to rent but does include a crew of five: two drivers, a hostess, an operations specialist and a bartender.