- Jul 7, 2011
Watch a Freightliner semi truck race up Mt. Washington
Mike Ryan at the 2011 Climb to the Clouds - Click above to watch video after the jump
If you haven't figured it out by now, Mike Ryan is our kind of crazy. The guy helms a 2008 Freightliner Cascadia that's draped in the hallowed Gulf livery and rocking more than 3,400 pound-feet of torque. There's also 1,950 horsepower on hand, which is good enough to shoot the 10,000-pound road tractor up some of the most challenging hill climb events in the world. It does pretty impressive burnouts, too. This year, Ryan turned the big chrome grille of his beast toward the finish line of the Mount Washington Climb to the Clouds and he was kind enough to strap a few cameras to his rig on the way up.
As a result, we can all ride along with Ryan as he threads the big Freightliner up the meandering asphalt and dirt track to the top of the mountain. The drive is an absolute trip, especially considering that the Freightliner took to the course in the wet. The video after the jump is a bit campy in the beginning, so feel free to skip ahead to around 1:46 to get to the real thrills.