Everybody enjoys an entertaining drift gymkhana video, especially when it involves broken glass, exploding tires and crazy stunts. And who can fault such vehicular theatrics when the driver is piloting a 10,000-pound big rig with 1,100 horsepower? On that level, this six-minutes of tire carnage is pure eye candy.

But don't think for even a moment that Michiel Becx, behind the wheel of a Becx-TDS Racing semi, is the first to pull off this destruction.

Professional stunt driver Mike Ryan corded Michelin tires in his version of Ken Block's Gymkhana more than two years ago with his own 1,950-horsepower Freightliner. And just last month, Ryan upped the ante and took us for a spin in his Freightliner Cascadia Pikes Peak Special as he tuned for a Pikes Peak International Hill Climb attack. That purpose-built truck boasted a whopping 2,400-horsepower supercharged and turbocharged engine tuned by Banks Engineering. Needless to say, it only took seconds to effortlessly disappear behind a cloud of vaporized rubber.

So, Mr. Ryan, when shall we expect your video rebuttal?

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Robert Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      European Truck Racing has its benefits.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autocar's old question of, "Will it drift?" The answer is a resounding yes!
      • 2 Years Ago
      The smaller cars are much more entertaining. Its so hard to do anything with a truck this big and unbalanced. But it wasn't horrible! Props for at least attempting it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The perpetual donut with the front left wheel stopped and the throttle lock on and boiling those poor tires away while the driver gets out and has a drink... I laughed my ass off. Mr. Block, you do impressive work... but you may have just be one-upped.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The shot of the slow-mo fish tail into the panes glass was sweet.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's next, a semi-truck F1 car?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Back in 1997 when I was in training in Wisconsin they had a special paved lot impregnated with Teflon that they would spray water on to train drivers to get out of skids. Specially rigged trucks with slick tires and a trainer with a box that could lock any axle with the flip of a switch where used. The driver had to regain control after being put in a skid, jackknife situation. It was fun and a great learning experience.
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