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Insane 3000hp truck literally explodes in front of crowd

Published: 23/Sep/2020 14:28

by Kieran Bicknell

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Running highly-tuned vehicles on a dynamometer to assess the power they make is nothing new, but it seems that this Cummins diesel-engined monster truck was pushed beyond its limits, ending in spectacular fashion.

For someone who has put thousands of hours worth of blood, sweat, tears, and money into a build to see it blow up in front of them is heartbreaking. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to the owners of this “Master Shredder” truck.

Unlike most vehicle explosions, it does not seem that this build was done with a budget in mind. In this instance, the truck appeared to be well-built and executed, but was simply pushed beyond the limits of its endurance. 

Having previously registered an insane figure of 2,290hp on a run before the video starts, the owner, Shawn Baca, was determined to hit the coveted 3000hp mark.

Master Shredder truck on dyno
YouTube: Toxic Diesel Performance
The raised position of the dyno likely saved any further injuries from occurring.

Aiming for 3000hp

Despite the insane build work and tuning that has taken place on the ‘Master Shredder’, the engine still needed a little help to push it over the 3000hp mark. This is where Nitrous is used, made famous by the cult Fast & Furious movies. 

But, using Nitrous to boost power puts a huge strain on the engine and its internals, and it proved too much for the ‘Master Shredder’ in this instance.

While on the dyno for its 3000hp run, the engine whistles its way up to peak power, before there is suddenly a massive fireball. 

A lucky escape

Thankfully the dyno was up on a raised platform to provide a better viewing experience, though this also likely saved a number of people from injury.

Shockingly, the driver managed to bail out of the truck and away from the dramatic explosion in time to only receive a burnt arm. The dyno operator also made a lucky escape, and was likely also saved by the elevated dyno as he was sat underneath the explosion.

With everyone being safe and accounted for, now attention turns to either trying to rebuild the truck or building up its successor. While not turning out the way Shawn intended, a truck can be replaced, and he should be glad that nobody was seriously hurt. 

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Self-driving car hilariously crashes into wall during Twitch broadcast

Published: 29/Oct/2020 18:58

by Tanner Pierce

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During the Roborace Season Beta event being streamed on Twitch, which pits multiple teams operating “self-driving” cars against each other in an augmented reality experience, one of the cars crashed in an unfortunate, but ultimately hilarious, fashion.

If you never heard of Roborace, you’re probably not the only one. The AI-focused racing experience has only been around for a few years now and while it’s certainly entertaining, it hasn’t quite hit the mainstream just yet in the same way that something like Formula 1 racing has.

Despite this, Season Beta of the aforementioned competition is currently underway and is being streamed on Twitch for the world to see. Of course, it wouldn’t be a race without some spectacular crashes and one happened in an absolutely hilarious fashion on October 29.

During the second day of the Season Beta race, Acronis SIT Autonomous’s DevBot 2.0 car took an abrupt sharp turn directly into a wall immediately after being at a standstill, leading to an unfortunate, albeit hilarious moment during the race.

Unfortunately, the camera cuts away before we can see the reaction of the operators, although it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t be a little annoyed at that immediate outcome. While it’s currently unknown what the estimated price is for the DevBot 2.0, as they’re all produced specifically by Roborace, this little crash probably just cost the team a lot of money.

The DevBot 2.0 uses Nvidia’s DRIVE platform to operate, which allows artificial intelligence to take over driving the fully electric car, as it races through an augmented reality track.

As the name suggests, this is the second iteration to use the name and is being used by all teams during Season Beta. It’s unknown whether this error was due to a technical error or was down to the “operators”.

If fans are interested in Roborace, Season Beta is set to continue until October 30, and will be streamed on the competition’s official Twitch channel the whole time.