Belaz debuted its latest dump truck last month, and the Belarusian company claims it to be the biggest in the world. The 75710 can carry a staggering 496-ton (equivalent to 450 metric tons) payload, and will be used in open mines on temporary roads. To put the size of the truck into perspective, take a look at one of its eight tires, which is twice as tall as an average-size person!
Two 16-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines with a combined capacity of 130 liters power the mining truck, with help from an electromechanical transmission to put the power to the ground. Each engine produces 2,300 horsepower for a combined 4,600 hp, yet that number seems paltry when considering the combined torque rating: 13,738 pound-feet of torque! All that power nets a top speed of just 40 miles per hour, but at least the weight distribution evens out with a full payload. Speaking of full payloads, the truck has a max weight of 893 tons filled to the brim.
Belaz's chief designer for mining vehicles, Leonid Trukhnov, says the 75710 is the first 496-ton mining truck made, and the company is submitting documents to claim a Guinness World Record.
Watch the video of the Belaz 75710 below, and notice how small people standing next to it look compared to the enormous machine.