Guy perfectly drifts a 40-tonne articulated dump truck
Who said trucks can't drift?
Drifting a car properly is an art. It is obviously necessary to know your vehicle and the surface you are driving on. In addition, you have to control the throttle and the steering wheel with precision, otherwise you'll fail your skid and end up in an accident.
The lightest vehicles are generally the easiest to skid. The more mass and size increase, the more complex it becomes to make the rear end slide. Yet this is what the driver of an articulated dump truck in a mine in Chesterfield in the UK did.
With a fairly steep gradient combined with muddy and very wet ground, the opportunity was too good to make a smooth U-turn. Arriving at a speed of about 30 mph (50 kph), the driver of the dump truck started to turn slightly to the right before turning sharply to the left.
The rear end ends up following the movement naturally and beautifully. For your information, the Caterpillar 740 GC has a 15.2-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine producing 445 PS and 2264 Nm of torque. Its 22,700 L bed can accommodate loads of up to 36.3 tonnes.