Here's a big rig with nearly 4000 hp...
...and it's just been sold for a ludicrous amount!
American style big rigs are pretty ludicrous as it is, especially for a Brit like myself. This one, however, is absolutely something else. This custom built, custom designed Yank style big rig is quite possibly the most ridiculous vehicle you've ever seen in your life (except for maybe that A380 that was supposed to have marble stuff in it...).
This absolutely insane creation is called "Thor" and was created by Mike Harrah. Mike Harrah is somebody who's been around the block quite a bit (he's been a stuntman, a stunt pilot and an offshore boat racer and that's just the start of it) and "Thor" is the latest notch on his belt. It took him 7 years to finish this truck and he no doubt spent an insane amount of money on it, considering what the specs on this enormous rig is. He used a 1984 Peterbilt crew cab truck as the base, which he stretched to make it 44 feet long. Why did he stretch it? So he could fit two stonking great V12s in it (14 litre diesel V12s to be precise!). That clearly wasn't enough for him either, considering he added 12 superchargers and a full nitrous system as well! The result of all this insanity is a truck that has the largest engine ever fitted into a road legal vehicle (yes, you can totally drive this thing on the road, so long as you have the correct licences!) and a total power output of 3,974 hp.
Yeah, there's two V12s there, fair enough. Yes, they sound pretty gnarly too, as evidenced by the video that's above. But there has to be something even more insane than that, right? A truck this mental just screams for a little bit more ridiculousness. So yes, of course there is there is. Along with the two V12s, there's also a jet engine (taken from a Hawker 600 business jet) on the back as an auxiliary power unit. A jet engine. From a business jet. Let that sink in. Although it may be just an APU for a jet and not the full blooded jet engine itself, it's still a component straight out of an aeroplane on a road legal vehicle. That's something that's well worth mentioning.
So, as you can gather, this thing is insane and the insanity just keeps on coming. With all the added weight from the stretched chassis, the two V12s and their associated paraphernalia plus the jet engine on the back, "Thor" tips the scales at just under 15 tonnes. I suspect that's the reason why it has four drag chutes to help it slow down - surely even the most powerful of braking systems wouldn't be enough to emergency stop this absolute brute on the road. As you probably might expect too from such a ridiculously appointed vehicle, the inside is just as crazy as the outside. It's a totally bespoke affair full of leather and gauges and switches for all twelve of the superchargers.
Whilst Mike Harrah may have more than likely spent an insane amount of his life savings on "Thor", there's no doubt that he's more than made it back. The truck went up for auction at the Worldwide Auctioneers sale in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and sold for $13.2 million when all was said and done. Who would it have gone to? I'm not quite sure. Whoever has bought it though is either very brave or absolutely insane. Maybe both!