June 17, 2014
Okay, so this race was in January 2014.
Which makes this is bit of a late update...
So you like the Ford Raptor and that feeling of being unstoppable on any terrain?
Try the Kamaz-4911 on for size:
– 17.2-liter, mid-mounted TD V8 engine
– 730 horsepower @ 2500 rpm
– 1991 pound-feet of torque @ 1300 rpm
– Maximum Speed – 102.5 MPH
Trust me, I had to check those numbers thrice myself. A 17-liter V8 is cool, but only the start of the fun for this multi-purpose truck platform.
Initially designed with six and eight-wheel options and variants, the Kamaz 4911 basically runs the engine from a tank, but in a (relatively) lightweight racing chassis.
These trucks were previously best known for their transport of ICBM missiles through Red Square in Moscow, but have found new purpose trampling competing trucks in the Dakar Rally.
I put together this little graph showing how Kamaz, a Swiss-Russian heavy machinery manufacturer, has dominated the sport’s T4 truck class.
11 wins total is more than double the nearest competitor.
This truck wins races, with unstoppable selectable locking wheels at all four corners, or just a rear-drive drifters’ special.
Kamaz also offers the 4911 to customers with various levels of armor plating – both exterior and hidden plates are offered – very helpful in all types of “they are shooting at us” scenarios.
No such hostility to the Dakar race since its relocation to South America – where the population of people is sparse and welcoming to almost anything new on the horizon.
A top speed of 100MPH-plus and that chin full of lights would be enough to scare me from taking a pot shot at this beast.
That, and the 4911 sounds like an air raid siren at speed – its diffs, engine and tires all thrumming up quite a storm of noise at full speed.
The 4911 is currently competing with the Red Bull Desert Wings squad in the 2013 Dakar race. The sand starts to fly on January 5th!
To all the Desert Wings… Have fun, be safe, and perhaps… take some in-cab videos for the rest of us to ride along?
Length: 4.20 meter
Wheelbase: 4.20 meter
Width: 2.32 meter
Max Torque: 2,700 Nm
Gradient: 60 %
Ditch Crossing Ability: 0.60 meter
Fording Depth: 1.75 meter
Step Climbing Ability: 0.55 meter
Power: 700 hp (522 kW)
Top Speed: 165 kph (46 mps)
Cargo: 5,000 kilogram
Max Weight: 15,600 kilogram
Fuel tank capacity, l
Nominal power, gross, kWt (hp)/ at crankshaft rotation, rpm
538 (730) / 2500
Maximum torque, net, Nm (kgcm) / at crankshaft rotation, rpm
2700 / 1300-1400
Arrangement and number of cylinders
Cylinder diametre and piston stroke, mm
Weights and Load capacities
Curb vehicle weight, kg
Gross vehicle weight, kg
Storage batteries, V/Ah
Friction, dry, one-plate
Hydraulic with pneumatic booster
Drum diametre, mm
Brake linings width, mm
Wheels and Tyres
Pneumatic, pressure adjustment
425/85 R21 (1260×425-533P)
Over the engine, 3-seat
Maximum speed, not less, km/h
Maximum gradient, not less, %
Outer turning radius, m
Specifications of 12 000 kg gross weight truck
STYER VG2000/300, mechanical, two-speed with blocked interaxable differential
Gear ratio of high gears (low)
Tom Burkart is the founder and managing editor of Car-Revs-Daily.com, an innovative and rapidly-expanding automotive news magazine.
He holds a Journalism JBA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Tom currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his two amazing dogs, Drake and Tank.
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