• Apr 19, 2011
Top Gear Australia tows a mining truck - Click above to watch video after the jump

Everyone knows the danger of exceeding your vehicle's tow rating. Perils aplenty await those foolhardy enough to brush off manufacturer recommendations, including nuked transmissions, en fuego brakes and popped head gaskets, to name just a few. But what happens when you put a standard-duty pickup truck up against something truly monumental. You know, something like a 600-ton mining truck?

The crew from Top Gear Australia wanted to know just that, so they borrowed a run-of-the-mill General Motors pickup, strapped one serious tow rope to the aft of both rigs and got down to business.

Or at least they tried.

Judging from the short preview clip after the break, things didn't go quite the way the TG team imagined. It wasn't for lack of trying that the big mining truck failed to budge an inch as the driver of the pickup sent a pair of what were certainly minty-fresh rear tires to their blazing great beyond. Follow the jump to check out the quick teaser.

[Source: CarPix via YouTube]



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      Korben Dallas
      • 3 Years Ago
      If someone wanted to try this for real, the first thing would be to make sure that the tow rope is horizontal (i.e. both attachment points are at the same hight from the ground). Or, better, the towed vehicle should have its attachment point lower (closer to the ground) than the towing vehicle. What you see in this picture is the exact opposite. The towed vehicle is attached higher than the towing truck. If you try to pull this setup by the GM truck (i.e. to the right), the tension of the tow rope will lift the real wheels of the GM truck from the ground, thus immediately killing most/all of the traction. The harder you pull, the less traction you'll get. This is totally useless and pointless. I understand that it is difficult to attach such a tall vehicle as a mining truck to a such a low vehicle as a pickup truck and still satisfy the above requirement. But difficult or not, you have to do it. There's no way around it. What they have in the picture is really a laughably pointless attempt to lift the pickup, not an attempt to move the mining truck.
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Korben Dallas
        If someone wanted to try this 4real, they would need to add a couple tons(and a lot of torque) to the Chevy, it would never find traction otherwise.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fake. Truck isn't bouncing or digging in at all, rope has slack, and the tires lit up like they had lighter fluid on them.
      Reiss91
      • 3 Years Ago
      ummm try putting it in 4 wheel drive?
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Reiss91
        Do you really think putting it in 4WD would make a difference?
          toddhhh
          • 3 Years Ago
          @onewayroll
          Of course it would make a difference, If you noticed , the tow rope was attached to the mining truck at a higher point than the pickup, so the already light backend would be lifted as tension is applied to the rope. If the 4wd is engaged, then the energy of the engine is put to use where the pickup gets the most traction. Overall, the test is rediculous. I think a CAT D8 would have a tough time pulling a 600 ton truck.
      Muttons
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Ford could have done it! Geez, I'm such a troll...
      joel
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks like the tow rope has slack in it.. Tires were dug in from the start.
        Acefighter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @joel
        I was thinking the same thing about the tow rope. Doesn't look at all like it's been pulled on. And if it were real, why would the tires catch fire almost instantly, anyway?
      Jim Lowe
      • 3 Years Ago
      More proof that this series is crap. I would not trust a review from the Top Gear fools if my life depended on it.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim Lowe
        Yes because Top Gear is trying to sell you a truck.
          Ducman69
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          Top Gear isn't trying to sell a truck, they are trying to sell a show. They often deliberately create BS results for the dramatic effect or controversy. This was setup for epic fail from the start. Awesome for entertainment, but I wouldn't trust a thing they say or do.
      icerabbit
      • 3 Years Ago
      Have to agree something doesn't quite seem right with the towrope and the tires catching fire in mere seconds in sand/gravel? And as anyone should know ... flooring the gas pedal is never going to help one gain traction.
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another reason not to lend out your truck!
      Shadowlayer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, a magazine, haven't seen one of those for a while...
      zackwatt
      • 3 Years Ago
      The tow rope is not even tight...
      firefighter9500
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe Mike Rowe shows up to swap their ride :)
      Kyle
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure that onewayroll is right. "If someone wanted to try this 4real, they would need to add a couple tons(and a lot of torque) to the Chevy, it would never find traction otherwise." It also might help if you didnt use a chevy.
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