Meet one of the most insane diesel truck builds we've ever seen: Old Smokey F1. In its tastefully patina'd 1949 Ford engine bay lies a beautifully built twin-turbo diesel engine good for 1,233 horsepower (919kW) at the wheels and 2,000 ft-lbs (2700Nm) of torque. Holy crap, that's a lot of tire-killing insanity.
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We're not sure if a Tesla ute is on its way, but we do know Elon Musk has plans for something a tad bigger. Like semi-truck bigger. Here's an image of the fabled "Tesla truck", teased by Musk at TED 2017 in Vancouver, Canada.
Video: As everyone from Texas already knows, bigger is always better, be it a giant steak or a remote control pickup truck that's 2m long, making it roughly a third the size of the real thing. At $US5250 ($6945), the Mammuth Works' Rewarron doesn't come cheap, but you can thrash it around a track without ever having to worry about your insurance rates going up.
Watching this, you start to wonder if you ever really understood anything about physics at all. There's so many times when watching this where you're sure that truck's going to end up on its side. And yet it doesn't. Is it skill? Dumb luck? An eerie ability to bend the laws of nature? A box full of anti-gravity chilli? Who knows.
Video: Damn. In a terrifying accident in Utah, a FrontRunner train crashed into a FedEx truck and basically shredded its trailer into pieces, sending boxes flying everywhere. Thankfully (and impressively), there were no serious injuries in the crash, as it seemed the train busted through the softest part of the FedEx truck.
For most of Cape York, the remote peninsula north of Cairns that runs parallel to the Great Barrier Reef, the nearest major city isn't even in Australia, it's in Papua New Guinea. You know, where head-hunting was a thing up until a couple of decades ago. We just drove through it on the most challenging off-road trail down under.
If you're going to take a photo of something as majestic as Italy's Dolomites, you'll want a camera good enough to capture it in all its beauty. A big one too. Like, a massive one. Unsatisfied with the options available, photographer Kurt Moser decided to build a big-arse camera of his own... into the back of a 4.5-tonne Ural truck.
Truckies have it pretty good, really. They've got their own network of CB radios to talk to each other. They've got Truck and Bus magazine. They've got truck stops. Now they have their very own podcast, about trucks, and it's from Australia's very own National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Podcasts aren't all Serial and This American Life, guys.
Autonomous vehicle technology is still in its infancy, which means that most self-driving vehicles still have a way for humans to take over when needed. But as Komatsu demonstrates with a design for a new autonomous dump truck, in some cases there are real advantages to eliminating humans altogether.
Video: To maximise profit, tractor trailers need to stay on the road for as long as possible. So to show off the performance and reliability of its vehicles, truck-maker Scania had 14 of its vehicles, manned by 90 drivers working around the clock, circle an empty airport for 24 hours straight to create a gigantic real-time clock when viewed from the air.
Despite the gloriously colourful screens used in devices like the new iPhone 7, monochromatic E Ink displays have remained a popular choice for devices like e-readers since they're cheap, durable and work fine in direct sunlight. It also means they're the perfect technology for turning trucks into in-your-face rolling billboards.
Backing into a parking spot is an impossible challenge for many drivers. How about backing up while also towing a trailer? That at least could get a little easier with a nifty feature on the upcoming 2017 Ford Super Duty pickup, called Trailer Reverse Guidance.
Video: Yeah, I'm not ashamed to admit this: I feel slightly less comfortable when I'm under a tunnel than when I'm not. It's not that I think that the tunnel will collapse on me - it's because I know the sky absolutely won't. This tunnel would put my fear into overdrive because it looks like it would totally collapse. It has no permanent support work and the entire construction process looks like piecing together Lego bricks. Yet it can support so much weight and still stand up.
Video: I don't know if these wooden planks can be considered a bridge or if they just constitute a poorly made death trap but I know that I wouldn't even want to walk on the thing. And yet, this guy drives a truck that's towing a boat over it! Nervousness alone would make me crash it right into the water below, destroying everything that remains of this so called "bridge" in Brazil.
Video: Oh man. This is one big baby. The Liebherr T 282 is one of the largest haul trucks in the world (it has the second largest haul truck payload capacity) and it's assembly process is so impressive that I would totally believe it if each one of these bad boys were Transformers that we've created and didn't want to tell anybody because the fourth movie sucked. The scale of this moving monster machine is just unbelievable, its wheelbase is 6m and its dimensions are 7m tall and 9m wide and 15m long.