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Dump truck driver channels their inner Ken Block in viral drifting video

Published: 24/Aug/2020 12:28

by Kieran Bicknell

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While drifting a car requires incredible skill and a  healthy dose of bravery, drifting a dump truck borders on insanity. Incredibly, that’s exactly what the driver of this industrial truck decided to do in order to brighten up their day.

Whether this was an act of boredom, courage, or simply a way to make their tedious day more exciting; The driver of this CAT 40-ton dump truck clearly has some skills behind the wheel.

In a bid to shave minutes off of their loading time and have some fun in the process, this driver decided to abandon the traditional reversing maneuver and instead elected to power-slide their truck to change direction.

Clearly this is one experienced operator. Using the ramp to build up speed, they make the most of the slippery clay surface to throw the truck hard left and apply plenty of gas, causing the truck to lose grip and begin to slide.

Impressive skills from the driver

Holding a drift in a lightweight car is difficult enough, but managing to control an all-wheel-drive 40-ton truck in a power-slide is practically god-like.

Thanks to the truck’s massive tires and the low-friction road surface, the driver executed the trick perfectly, leaving them to simply reverse underneath the excavator’s bucket to be loaded for the next run.

Even the excavator operator seems to enjoy this driver’s antics, as they can be heard giggling in the background as they watch the stunt unfold in front of them.

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YouTube: ViralHog
The comment section was full of tongue-in-cheek responses

Public reaction to the video

As expected, the comment section of the video is a mix of sheer praise for the driver’s skill, along with the standard fare of light-hearted retribution.

With many commenters clearly working in the construction industry, there are numerous references to health & safety and what they’d do if they saw this footage.

One YouTube user named Rob G says what we’re all thinking. This is unlikely to be the driver’s first rodeo, having likely practiced this trick numerous times before being filmed.

Quite how they were still on site is unknown, but no one was injured so perhaps the site owner sees it as a case of no harm, no foul.

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The insane tech inside GMC’s new $100,000 Hummer EV pickup

Published: 30/Oct/2020 16:25

by Kieran Bicknell

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When GM announced that the next Hummer was going to be electric, few believed them. Fast forward to 2020, and the all-new Hummer is indeed fully electric, and packed to the brim with crazy technology, as YouTuber Doug DeMuro discovered.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are all the rage at the moment. With the state of California announcing the ban of combustion-engined (petrol & diesel) cars from 2035 and the entire country of England doing the same, the race is on for manufacturers to bring EVs to the masses.

While GM’s new Hummer isn’t aimed at the masses – since it starts at $100,000 – it is a massive step for the company. It becomes even more significant when you realize precious Hummers were gas-guzzling behemoths, though this one isn’t exactly small.

Doug DeMuro with Hummer EV
YouTube: Doug DeMuro
The Hummer’s light bar at the front doubles up as both an illumination device and a charging status bar.

Doug DeMuro reviews the 2020 Hummer EV

YouTuber Doug DeMuro is no stranger to reviewing prototype vehicles, and that’s exactly what he has his hands on for his October 29 video.

While he was unable to drive the Hummer on the open road, he still got to delve deep into the interesting tech and design of the new EV.

With an all-electric range of 350 miles, the Hummer is ideal for everyday driving. Coupled with an ever-increasing EV charging network, and the possibility of an electric-only lifestyle becomes very real indeed.

Features of the 2020 Hummer EV

The light bar on the front of the Hummer is instantly recognizable, but its coolest element is initially hidden. When plugged in to charge, the light bar turns into a battery charge gauge, showing just how much charge is in the battery.

Inside, the interior is firmly rooted in 21st-century design, and represents a “big departure from anything else on the market today.” Screens adorn the cabin, with the instrument cluster and infotainment being a fully-digital affair.

The rear window of the Hummer can be lowered, while there are plenty of hidden storage compartments throughout. These are especially useful in the summer, as it allows drivers to park with the windows down, without their valuables being on show.

Not only does the back window roll down, but the entire roof comes off. Called the ‘sky view roof’ the roof comes off into four components, leaving just a roll bar and the windows.

Power for the Hummer EV comes from three electric motors, which result in mind-boggling performance. According to GM, a performance version will be coming that will hit 60mph in less than three seconds. That’s always impressive, but even more so given the size and squared-off shape of the truck.

The first ‘Edition 1’ models are all spoken for, with deliveries aiming to begin during fall 2021. With numerous other variants confirmed by GM, it will be interesting to see how widely-adopted the Hummer EV becomes.