The "Thump Truck"
23,000 Pounds + 1,400 HP
As you may or may not know, while in New Jersey to cover XDP's annual open house back in September, we stopped off in Englishtown to check out the 37th annual U.S. Diesel Truckin' Nationals...
As I started putting the coverage of the event together, I realized something... These two trucks ran low 14-second passes in the quarter-mile at speeds approaching 100 mph... That's insane. Especially since each one has to weigh in the neighborhood of 20,000 pounds. After doing a little research, the dump truck shown is owned by Sandy's Excavating out of Monroe, Connecticut, is piloted by Leon Smith, and I think the single axle T800 Kenworth even works for a living! Nicknamed the "Thump Truck," it's rumored to weigh 23,000 pounds. If that's true, at 23,000 pounds and with a 97 mph trap speed, my horsepower calculator puts this KW at 1,400-rwhp. With a compound turbo'd Series 60 Detroit under the hood making 150 psi of boost, we'd say it's possible. We're also hearing the dump truck's new fastest time is a 13.91-second quarter-mile, achieved this past weekend.
One last thing, the driver (Smith) has to jam gears to achieve these runs. Incredible! See the proof of the 14.33-second pass we witnessed in the photo below, and click here to see it on BangShift's YouTube channel. You can see the other truck, a W900 Kenworth, doing a little testing here, and it too got into the 13.90s after the U.S. Diesel Truckin' Nationals event in Englishtown, New Jersey.