Not to demean your 7.3L Ford Powerstroke and its years of supremely reliable service hauling the tools which put food on your table in any way, but THIS is a work truck. I Want One SO Bad. Doesn’t matter if it’s slow and they won’t let me drive it on the street. These things are tough.
Say hello to my little friend, the Caterpillar 793F Mining Truck.
Powered by an 85 liter (5,190 cubic inch), common rail, 16-cylinder, quad-turbocharged diesel lump, the base model 793F makes 2,650 Horsepower. It’s big brother, the Cat 797F, pushes 4,000hp. OMG. I want one! Can you imagine what it must be like to climb a ladder to reach the stairs that lead up to a driver’s seat perched nearly 20 feet (6m) in the air, fire up that massive diesel, and and pilot a machine bigger than a house down the road?
I know we’re not the first automotive website to drool over such awesome vehicles, but I happened across the brochure for these things (pdf) a while back and, reading the specs, couldn’t help but remember what it felt like to play with my giant, yellow, metal Tonka dump truck when I was little. Remember yours? They were the biggest thing in the sandbox. It took two hands to “drive.” And you know you spent considerable time thinking about how to ride it.
The video above has a sort of James Bond vibe to it, but I thought it was cool. Here’s some more technical trivia for you:
- It’s over 21ft (6.5m) from the ground to the top of the bucket when it’s down, 45ft (13.7m) when it’s up.
- Overall, it’s 45ft (13.7m) long, front-to-back.
- Top speed is 43mph (70kph).
- It comes standard with A/C, a coat hook, and cup holder (and you can get a radio, too).
- Have you ever been up close and personal with one of these things?
- Am I crazy for wanting one?