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(Daily Mail)   The fastest truck in the world is a 30-year-old Peterbilt, which is faster than a Japanese bullet train, produces 36,000 hp and gobbles fuel the way a fat kid drinks gravy. Only NASCAR has gotten more out of four-decade-old technology   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 38
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2014-02-17 09:08:45 AM
Shockwave? More like Haulin' Balls.
 
2014-02-17 09:09:25 AM
Peterbilt?  More like a Pratt & Whitney.
 
2014-02-17 09:16:25 AM
"a non-afterburner jet with one engine.
Each jet-engine produces 12,000 horsepower in afterburner"


those lines were right after one and other.
 
2014-02-17 09:21:06 AM
Also, the J34 was a Westinghouse engine....
 
2014-02-17 09:23:13 AM
Can it still be used for ...you know, actual trucking? Otherwise, it's not really a truck.
 
2014-02-17 09:29:25 AM

Uncle Tractor: Can it still be used for ...you know, actual trucking? Otherwise, it's not really a truck.


Way to miss the point.  You must be loads of fun at parties.
 
2014-02-17 09:35:54 AM
What, if any, original parts do you think are left?

Is it still a 30 year old truck if the only original part is a steering wheel?
 
2014-02-17 09:38:27 AM
given the way that car tires are rated, I'm pretty curious as to how those truck tires hold up at that kind of speed, one would think they would just come apart pretty quickly.
 
2014-02-17 09:44:35 AM

Uncle Tractor: Can it still be used for ...you know, actual trucking? Otherwise, it's not really a truck.


You know how hard it is to even find a non-extended cab pickup truck these days?
 
2014-02-17 09:58:11 AM

RockofAges: ifted Rams and Tacomas I see around, pristine, never dirty, always shiny new tires, truckbed without a ding in it.


HA!  This, though it applies to pickups of all makes and models.  I see it in the parking lot here at work every day and I can't help but giggle a little bit to myself.

/loves having a truck
//because it hauls shiat like mulch, gravel, firewood, kid's playset
///and because it tows shiat too
////hates it as a commuter vehicle (which is what the car is for)
//5 slashies for the hell of it
 
2014-02-17 09:59:40 AM
I remember seeing this truck when it came to the local drag strip back in the 90's. They had a bunch of advertisements behind the start line, it destroyed them all when they fired up the jets.

It's stupid, but it is an impressive display of power.

Another thing I remember that night was several truck drivers were racing each other that night. I remember one of them got up to something like 38mph in the quarter mile. Hilarious.
 
2014-02-17 10:01:07 AM

RockofAges: I have to admit, one thing I do find obnoxious is all of these soccer moms and dads out there who, for some reason, now believe "the biggest baddest truck" is a must have vehicle, even if they never, ever, put anything in the truck bed. I can't tell you how many lifted Rams and Tacomas I see around, pristine, never dirty, always shiny new tires, truckbed without a ding in it.

A truck is for carrying shiat around, towing, doing dirty work. That's why they show it in the ads. Unfortunately, I think they are marketing the fantasy instead of the reality nowadays, as I suspect at least half of new truck buyers will never actually do any real trucking. It's insane to me -- do they just want to feel big and tough, or is it a "safety" thing (race to the biggest vehicle argument used by suburbanite SUV lovers over the past decade)?


Why does this bother you?  Is it your money?  Be thankful that these people are buying them and keeping the prices of your trucks lower.  Less demand the higher the price.
 
2014-02-17 10:08:26 AM

SuperT: "a non-afterburner jet with one engine.
Each jet-engine produces 12,000 horsepower in afterburner"


those lines were right after one and other.


I think they modified the engines, the article could have been clearer.
 
2014-02-17 10:16:07 AM
The Shockwave truck is the most fabulous amazing balls-out hilarious and outrageous thing I've ever seen at an air show and I'ld go see it again in a heartbeat. It's also the fastest-traveling object I've ever seen go across the ground that didn't take off at some point.

Completely fun and awesome. Harkens back to a time when America was great and did great things.
 
2014-02-17 10:41:09 AM

RockofAges: replaced the engine with chainfalls and a tripod of logs.


So he discovered a new motive power? Awesome!

/Yeah I get it; just being snarky
 
2014-02-17 10:41:16 AM

Uncle Tractor: Can it still be used for ...you know, actual trucking? Otherwise, it's not really a truck.


maybe, depending on the cargo.  Refrigerator trailers are right out.

\\ could pull a load of asbestos
\  really, really, fast.
 
2014-02-17 10:51:54 AM
I think I might have seen that at an IndyNat when I was a kid..... it really left an impression with me.

The jet cars at least on a 1/4 mile is boring as all getout especially after watching Top Fuel and Funnycar.
 
2014-02-17 11:40:59 AM
I've seen this guy at Airshows, its amazing!  I'd love to get a ride in it.
 
2014-02-17 11:50:51 AM

Kimpak: I've seen this guy at Airshows, its amazing!  I'd love to get a ride in it.


I'm going to out on a limb here and say you aren't going to like getting ridden by anybody at a drag race
 
2014-02-17 11:50:53 AM
Can it go through a mountain?

banzai.popapostle.com
 
2014-02-17 11:56:23 AM

RockofAges: TNel: RockofAges: I have to admit, one thing I do find obnoxious is all of these soccer moms and dads out there who, for some reason, now believe "the biggest baddest truck" is a must have vehicle, even if they never, ever, put anything in the truck bed. I can't tell you how many lifted Rams and Tacomas I see around, pristine, never dirty, always shiny new tires, truckbed without a ding in it.

A truck is for carrying shiat around, towing, doing dirty work. That's why they show it in the ads. Unfortunately, I think they are marketing the fantasy instead of the reality nowadays, as I suspect at least half of new truck buyers will never actually do any real trucking. It's insane to me -- do they just want to feel big and tough, or is it a "safety" thing (race to the biggest vehicle argument used by suburbanite SUV lovers over the past decade)?

Why does this bother you?  Is it your money?  Be thankful that these people are buying them and keeping the prices of your trucks lower.  Less demand the higher the price.

Conspicuous consumerism bothers me because I am a working class bum who has to bust ass for a $900 Buick that gets used until it dies. Also, it is representative of the religion of money for money's sake. Also, I was born half-redneck, and a big shiny truck that never gets used for trucking is literally a slap in the face AND proof that the driver is a total poseur / yuppie. Anathema to blue collar redneck sensibility on all fronts. Hey, at least I'm honest ;). My gramps still drives an 80s S10 he's had, well, since the 80s. It is haggard as hell and still going strong; he repairs everything himself, makes his own brake lines, replaced the engine with chainfalls and a tripod of logs. That's my provenance when it comes to trucks, so obviously I don't have much respect for the wannabe contingent. Only thing I wannabe is less strapped ;).

Less demand, the higher the price? Tell that to Apple. The more demand, the higher the price is the new capitalism, friend.


My Ram 2500 Cummins is in the shop right now getting an 8" lift, super swampers, DEF delete, and new front bumper.

And guess what? She will never see mud or a trailer.

/Loves me some tax return money.
 
2014-02-17 12:25:40 PM
Does it have a CB in the cab?
 
2014-02-17 12:27:31 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Kimpak: I've seen this guy at Airshows, its amazing!  I'd love to get a ride in it.

I'm going to out on a limb here and say you aren't going to like getting ridden by anybody at a drag race


They give people rides in the Shockwave.
 
2014-02-17 12:30:16 PM

FLMountainMan: Uncle Tractor: Can it still be used for ...you know, actual trucking? Otherwise, it's not really a truck.

You know how hard it is to even find a non-extended cab pickup truck these days?


I had to look for two months before I found a regular cab Ranger last year, I can only hope there's more small truck options when i got to buy a new one in 12 years.
 
2014-02-17 12:39:38 PM
Great!  Now I don't have to wait days for the crap to show up at Walmart!!
 
2014-02-17 12:40:54 PM
No it can't outrun the Japanese bullet train. Even if a flat track was build between Tokyo and Osaka, it would be out of fuel after a minute or whatever.

Also, it seems it's very barely beating it on 1/2 mile distances as well, according to their maglev tests. So, no, it can't.
 
2014-02-17 12:41:06 PM
Saw Shockwave at the 2005 Oshkosh Wisconsin airshow. It most definitely does have afterburning engines, and for that show they did something kinda cool: They laid fabric hoses partially filled with 100 Low-Lead gasoline (avgas) across the trucks path every 100 feet. When the truck ran over them the afterburners set the hoses off in a series of huge fireballs down the main runway. I am kinda surprised that this truck is news to the UK folks.
 
2014-02-17 12:46:22 PM

devine: I remember seeing this truck when it came to the local drag strip back in the 90's. They had a bunch of advertisements behind the start line, it destroyed them all when they fired up the jets.


You mean kind of like this?
 
2014-02-17 12:53:53 PM

tshetter: DEF delete


How do you get away with that?.... I guess in a non testing area you can.
 
2014-02-17 01:32:39 PM

tshetter: RockofAges: TNel: RockofAges: I have to admit, one thing I do find obnoxious is all of these soccer moms and dads out there who, for some reason, now believe "the biggest baddest truck" is a must have vehicle, even if they never, ever, put anything in the truck bed. I can't tell you how many lifted Rams and Tacomas I see around, pristine, never dirty, always shiny new tires, truckbed without a ding in it.

A truck is for carrying shiat around, towing, doing dirty work. That's why they show it in the ads. Unfortunately, I think they are marketing the fantasy instead of the reality nowadays, as I suspect at least half of new truck buyers will never actually do any real trucking. It's insane to me -- do they just want to feel big and tough, or is it a "safety" thing (race to the biggest vehicle argument used by suburbanite SUV lovers over the past decade)?

Why does this bother you?  Is it your money?  Be thankful that these people are buying them and keeping the prices of your trucks lower.  Less demand the higher the price.

Conspicuous consumerism bothers me because I am a working class bum who has to bust ass for a $900 Buick that gets used until it dies. Also, it is representative of the religion of money for money's sake. Also, I was born half-redneck, and a big shiny truck that never gets used for trucking is literally a slap in the face AND proof that the driver is a total poseur / yuppie. Anathema to blue collar redneck sensibility on all fronts. Hey, at least I'm honest ;). My gramps still drives an 80s S10 he's had, well, since the 80s. It is haggard as hell and still going strong; he repairs everything himself, makes his own brake lines, replaced the engine with chainfalls and a tripod of logs. That's my provenance when it comes to trucks, so obviously I don't have much respect for the wannabe contingent. Only thing I wannabe is less strapped ;).

Less demand, the higher the price? Tell that to Apple. The more demand, the higher the price is the new capital ...


I would have done something boring like applying it to debt, or an RRSP contribution. If you are free and clear, and have enough money set aside, fill your boots.
 
2014-02-17 03:48:28 PM

Saiga410: tshetter: DEF delete

How do you get away with that?.... I guess in a non testing area you can.


More like, "Why would you do that?"

I mean, unless you're an idiot.  DEF basically does zilch to the engine's performance.  And if you can afford mods to a $50,000 truck, you can afford to dump a $5 bottle of stuff into the thing every 10,000 miles....
 
2014-02-17 04:13:43 PM
Spoiler:  When Shockwave races {airplane name here*} at the local airport air show, Shockwave wins.


* Flying in nose high slow-flight configuration.
 
2014-02-17 07:51:53 PM
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2014-02-17 08:07:29 PM
I guess they started building it as an airplane but after realizing that it wasn't going to fly, they started calling it a truck.
 
2014-02-17 08:12:47 PM
Each jet-engine produces 12,000 horsepower in afterburner - meaning a total 36,000 horsepower.

No. Bad article writer! *smacks with newspaper*

Jet engines do not work that way!

Jet engines operate on constant thrust. The power needed to move the vehicle is a function of thrust and forward speed, so horsepower is meaningless here. They might as well say the truck has eleventy billion horsepower and it'd be just as true, if you were going fast enough. On the starting line it has zero horsepower!
 
2014-02-17 08:32:07 PM

FLMountainMan: Uncle Tractor: Can it still be used for ...you know, actual trucking? Otherwise, it's not really a truck.

You know how hard it is to even find a non-extended cab pickup truck these days?


Took me forever to find my regular cab long bed when I was shopping for trucks.  It's my daily driver and I wanted something basic that would spend most of it's time either hauling my ass to work, hauling stuff around, or towing my big ass trailer with my race car on it.  Every dealer wanted to sell me a crew cab short bed, or a king cab short bed.  The guy I finally bought from said, "Oh, you just want a regular old pickup truck... sure, we got a bunch of those!"

It's a generic pickup, big motor, 2wd, big ass trailer hitch, heater and AC that works, and it'l run forever.

farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2014-02-17 09:51:56 PM
What's with all the hate for extended cab trucks? I don't like leaving the groceries out in the rain.


Do get a kick from people commuting alone in a lifted 6 pack though.
 
2014-02-17 10:53:48 PM

ProdigalSigh: Can it go through a mountain?

[banzai.popapostle.com image 298x238]


That truck/jet car was more than just a movie prop, it had an actual working jet engine, was built by Thrust Engineering, who later set the world speed record with the Thrust SSC, on the Black Rock Desert, also home to Burning Man.

(jet engine modified by Yoyodyne Propulsion to run on regular diesel)
 
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