• Jan 21, 2011
Talk about odd hauling. The team over at PickupTrucks.com put together a rather interesting comparision: 2011 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty diesel vs. Delta IV Heavy rocket. One is capable of crusing down the highway with a gross combined weight rating (vehicle, passengers and trailer) of 25,400 pounds. The other is easily capable of lifting that entire load into geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles above our planet.

RocketWhile the guys didn't send the truck into space, they did use the Ram at the launch site (Vandenberg AFB along the California coast) as a camera platform. Autoblog tagged along for a ride (in the Ram, not the rocket) and took a handful of pics at the successful launch.

Oh, the comparison? Long story short, the truck is quicker to 60 mph but the rocket has a much higher top speed. The truck has dual-zone air conditioning, while the rocket chills with supercooled liquid fuel (483,500 gallons all kept below -297 degrees Fahrenheit). And, of course, the truck offers Satellite Radio while the big rocket simply becomes a satellite.



Photos copyright ©2011 Michael Harley / AOL

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I propose a tug-of-war competition.
      • 3 Years Ago
      For some reason I dont think most truck buyers view the delta V heavy as an option even. Really what do they sell like 1 a year?
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a pretty niche market.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm. I can't drive the Delta IV to work or on road trips but it does have 51,000,000 horsepower. That's a tough call.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fuel is cheaper per gallon on the rocket... Just sayin...

      I wanna know the torque difference.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I realized that after I typed it. No rotating force. Torque = twist... duh.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holy crap, 10 sec 0-60 time for a truck that large is some serious power.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd like to see it try and do 0-60 while pointed straight up.
        • 3 Years Ago
        How many cup holders does the rocket have?

        HA! TAKE THHHHAT!
      • 3 Years Ago
      why don't they compare the Delta IV rocket to 51 million horses tied together?
      • 3 Years Ago
      3500 HD? What are these people towing? M1 Abrams Tanks on HET trailers?! Man these trucks are insanely powerful.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I demand to see a Ram 3500 HD go 17,500mph. Think of the children!
      • 3 Years Ago
      haha
      whoever came up with that idea is an idiot. The comparison is irrelevant!
      its apples and oranges. which one do you like eating more ?
      lol
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is probably the least interesting "comparison" i can possibly think of
        • 3 Years Ago
        You'd quickly change your mind after watching the rocket blast off... nothing cooler than a 250' flame crackling out the tail end of an aluminum tube!

        - Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only that the rocket climbs vertically UP in this comparison. The RAM will still be glued to the earth at speed 0 after any number of seconds.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They can keep the truck, I want that L glass!
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