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For as clean and green and Earth-loving as the Europeans are, they sure do some dirty things... like throw a sooty-exhaust-belching racing semi around hairpin turns with loads of opposite lock – up an impossibly green mountain – just for a hillclimb. But hey, trucks and racing aren't illegal yet, so we say flog 'em while ya got 'em. Check out the video of Markus Boesiger, 2007's Truck Racing Champion, and his dashing diesel after the jump.

[Source: StreetFire]

Race truck pushing it on hillclimb

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      • 6 Years Ago
      That's sweet. Put that on the Speed channel and maybe I'd start watching it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are there no lawyers in Europe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Opposite lock - makes every vehicle fun.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The FIA Truck racing series owns. Shame Eurosport seem to have forgotten about it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great... as if there aren't enough big Ford F350s, Dodge Ram 3500s, or Heavy Duty Silverados/Sierras with diesel engines on the streets "chipped" by their owners to belch out a ridiculously huge cloud of black smoke when they floor the accelerator. And why? To allow their owners show to the world their supposed "alpha male" status. In other words, they love to show off how wasteful they can be. Truck races like this will only continue this neanderthal behavior.

      I'm not a tree hugger, I just find being wasteful pretty stupid. I'm pretty sure that these same truck owners don't keep their house windows upen in the dead of winter to show off to their neighbors how they can afford to waste money.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It has nothing to do with being Alpha Male. If you had any experience with racing (not watching but participating) you would know that racing anything is fun. The attraction to these big trucks is most likely due to the fact that they are big and heavy which provides a unique challenge. Notice how these trucks are sliding all over the place. Sliding is fun. :)

        But then again you may find any form of racing Alpha Male which isn't true. Racing (road racing) requires a lot of skill and is incredibly rewarding. I guess not everyone wants a challenge. We have ABS, TC, PSM, Slush boxes and auto pilot for those people. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey hey guys i have the best idea ever lets make trucks that are used for towing large loads race up hills. Then we can clusterf*uck the environment well compensating for our tiny dicks. Hell ya
      • 6 Years Ago
      F*ck all the wuss crying, gay comments and environmental nonsense. That was way cool. I don't hear anyone complaining about air races, air shows, drag boats and all that other stuff. They pollute too you know.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are joking about autoracing not contributing to the advancement of the world right? Much of the technology that we use in race cars eventually is used in street cars in a lesser form.
        And if you can't appreciate that, you shouldn't bother reading autoblog anymore.
        • 6 Years Ago
        We have to start respecting our environment. I think motor racing looks cool but in the end it does not contribute to our world advancing. We have to stop focusing on cars as a personal expression and start focusing on new sources of fuel. In a perfect world there would only be one type of car and you would need to a permit to buy a truck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These things are faster than supersonic filght jets
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the smell of diesel in the morning... love it. Nothing like a semi kickin the tail out on a sharp curve with the turbo whining, and the exhaust belching soot... especially with all the green grass in the background. I'm sure the tree-huggers were poking pencils (not wood pencils, that would harm trees) into their eyes.... Love it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I drive a diesel VW wagon. I've proudly taken the fuel economy paper out of the instruction manual and taped it up in my rear window for people to see (and not just 'left it on' as some would suggest.) I enjoy seeing how far I can get on a tank, I curse out every Escalade driver I see (to myself, I'm not a complete jerk). I ride my bike as often as I can. I'm a pretty big tree-hugging hippy, as these things go. (I've literally hugged trees, too!)

        There's nothing wrong with this sort of racing, I'll be honest. Racing cars are rarely economical, per se, but they're certainly EFFICIENT. Moving like they do takes an incredible amount of engineering. Engineers working on those cars pass their knowledge on or work directly on cars that we end up driving. The engineering that went into making that semi dash up that hill so fast, shift quickly, and put torque to the ground will probably end up in a semi that hauls our food one day, and make it both more efficient AND more economical.

        Everyone driving an SUV with nothing in the back, nothing to tow, and nowhere to go is a waste. Racing is, to me, just research. I'm a scientist. Research is important.

        So don't lump environmentalists like me in with the people that will jump up and down and shout about this. I know that we owe a huge debt to racing teams and car makers like Mercedes, who pour a lot of money into things that seem useless at the time but end up making everyone's lives safer and easier.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That was the gayest thing I've ever seen. Gayer than Rick Rolling, goatse, and lemon party - combined. It's a shame the truck didn't explode in a fiery inferno.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Strangly enough, it still wasn't as gay as Mike's post....
        • 6 Years Ago

      • 6 Years Ago
      If you want to hug trees you can drive these things vertically in rFactor. :)

        • 6 Years Ago

        Vertically = Virtually

        Damn spell checker. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a diesel so it must get great mileage, right...?
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