• Jan 25, 2011
Tractor pull explosion - Click above to watch video after the jump

As tenants of the information superhighway's underpass, we feast on a daily ration of bizarre automotive videos. That diet has put us in contact with some of the most heinous clips of mechanical destruction ever seen by human eyes. But today, we bring you something that completely redefines the notion of catastrophic failure.

The guys at Bang Shift managed to unearth a clip of tractor pull featuring one incredibly powerful machine by the name of Never Satisfied. Power supposedly came from an International DT466 diesel engine modified to suck down alcohol and force-fed over 200 pounds (!) of boost from four superchargers.

Now, we wouldn't dare call ourselves mechanical experts, but judging from the considerable carnage in the video after the jump, those levels of pressure may have been a little much. After the nose of the tractor erupts into an impressive ball of flame, the entire top half of the engine is launched into sub-orbit. It eventually returns from atmosphere and plunks down into the dirt next to the driver. If you look close, you can still the coffee-can sized pistons laid over on the frame.

Messy.

Hit the jump to see devastation for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Aaron!

[Source: Bang Shift]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      That driver sure got lucky! Looks like all the fuel burned up in the flash so there wasn't a fire. Just an anticlimactic "Well, huh..." at the end as they look at the damage.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Satisfied.
      • 3 Years Ago
      vtec kicked in yo!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The engine didn't land next to the driver, the engine cover landed and the tractor's momentum carried it next to it. Not nearly as scary as described. Still, thats a lot of carnage.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Austin Powers: "Not a good time to lose one's HEAD."
      • 3 Years Ago
      That'll buff right out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd like to add another +1
        • 3 Years Ago
        my first actual LOL of the day. +1 to you sir...
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow, farmers have expensive hobbies.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the kind of play things our farmers are playing with all the while being subsidized by the government with your tax dollars .
      Tea Party's next slam dunk !
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uh, this is in the Netherlands.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks for calling it a "catastrophic failure" and not the oh-so-lame "epic fail." AB, y'alls are the cat's pajamas. Also, fire is cool.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn! That could have F'ed someone up.
      • 3 Years Ago
      that will buff it right out
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come to the Midwest. Every county fair has a tractor pull. They run much larger classes too. The super modified diesels often run 2-3000 HP at 5-6000 Rpm. Engines are good for about 100 pulls before a rebuild. They also cost about $50k+ for a custom engine. Check out www.ntpapull.com/
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