Three monster trucks ought to be able win a tug of against just about anything right? Well, they actually have a tough task ahead of them here, because they’re going up against a Volvo dump truck that’s made to haul about 50,000 pounds. The monster trucks are all hooked up to straps facing one direction, and straps are connected to the dump truck facing the other direction. Sounds like a recipe for entertainment! Let’s take a look at what the contenders are bringing to the table to hopefully get a better prediction of the result.
The Monster Truck’s Construction and Specs
The monster truck, of course, has a big suspension and extremely large wheels. But it’s closer in its construction to a dune buggy than an actual truck, though it maintains the truck body. So you could think of it as a dune buggy on steroids with a truck body mounted on top. Monster trucks have supercharged engines that run on methanol and corn-based oil. Like the engines, their transmissions are also modified vehicle engines. These trucks have 4WD hydraulic steering as well. As you will see, monster trucks can vary in height. However, most monster trucks commonly have the following specs:
- About 11 feet tall, 12 feet wide, and 20 feet long
- Weighs between 9,000 and 12,000 pounds
- Tires are typically 66 inches tall and 43 inches wide
- Supercharged engine usually between 1,000 and 1,500 hp
- Burns about 2.5 gallons of fuel per 150 feet
- Motor is limited to 575 cubic inches
So times those specs roughly by 3 and you will have a conservative estimate of 27,000 pounds and 3,000 horsepower. You’ll also get a total length of roughly 60 feet.
The Volvo A25G Articulated Dump Truck’s Measurements
This Volvo dump truck can’t match the 3 monster trucks as far as horsepower is concerned; but unlike a monster truck, it’s specifically designed to haul a ton of weight. Several tons of weight, actually. It isn’t merely a dump truck either–it’s known as an articulated truck, which means it has a pivoting joint for sharper turning. That feature doesn’t really come into play here, but it’s interesting to note that Volvo invented the first articulated truck in 1966. The articulated truck seen is an A25G model, which has these measurements.
- Gross weight of 102,515 pounds
- Net Weight of 49,604 pounds
- Just under 11 feet tall
- Nearly 34 feet long
- Tires are 51 inches tall
So what you have on the other end of this tug of war rope is a truck that still weighs about 20,000 pounds more than the 3 monster trucks. You’ll see that the dump truck’s tires aren’t quite as tall as those of the monster truck closest to it but are bigger than the tires of the other 2 monster trucks. Overall, the Volvo dump truck’s tires are more heavy duty as well.
The Volvo A25G’s Performance Specs
Now you know the basic dimensions of both contenders here, but there’s also the articulated dump truck’s power and performance specs to consider. Here are some of the key ones:
- Volvo engine with 32o horsepower and 1,438 lb.-ft of torque
- Max speed of 33 mph
- Oil cooled multiple-disc brakes on all 3 axles
- Automatic traction control
- Hydromechanical steering
Other Factors that Could Affect the Result
Another thing that shouldn’t be overlooked here is that there are 3 different monster trucks with 3 different engines running, which means they probably aren’t going to be accelerating at the same speeds. The fact that the tires are all different sizes could throw things off for them as well. So even those monster trucks have a lot more power on paper, they won’t be using that power nearly as efficiently as the dump truck. And though each monster truck has about 4 times more horsepower, the dump truck likely has a few hundred more lb.-ft. of torque than each one. Those factors make this a more even and interesting match.
Start Your Engines
This was quite a production, I’m sure, to get these 4 vehicles all hooked up and ready to go. The announcer mentions that there are a total of 27 straps and 87 shackles used to hook everything together. There’s quite a big crowd standing by to watch it also, so this was definitely a big deal. The monster trucks have the power advantage on paper, but the Volvo articulated dump truck will be using its power much more efficiently and is almost twice as heavy as all 3 trucks combined. Who do you think will win?