Some vehicles are better suited for drifting than others. Light weight, rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission make for a good hoonage platform, but that doesn't mean you couldn't get an all-wheel drive, automatic family sedan like, say, my mom's Passat into a four-wheel drift (which this writer definitely did not attempt back in college). But what about a 200,000-pound dump truck built for mining? That's what one tech company set out to do in this promo clip.

Seeking to align itself with the notions of "scale" and "agility," data protection firm EMC took a Caterpillar 789 dump truck – a piece of mining equipment with a 78-liter V16 diesel engine, a 200-ton payload capacity and around 2,000 horsepower on tap – out to a slab of concrete in Kentucky coal-mining country and set up a little slalom course with some data servers, a fish tank and a cluster of sports cars including a BMW M1, a classic Corvette and what we hope is a replica Shelby Cobra. Then they put Mike Ryan up the ladder and behind the wheel.

Now for those unfamiliar with Mike Ryan's exploits, what you need to know is that he's probably one of the best stunt drivers ever to steer a semi truck. He's drifted 'em Gymkhana-style, jumped 'em over mind-blowing ramps and raced them up Mt. Washington and Pikes Peak. So if there's anyone who could drift a 200,000-pound truck that's designed to scale open-pit mines, surely he's the man for the job. Granted that the video was shot at night, they probably wet the surface and the clip is only a minute long, but it's still worth checking out below.


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      The Wasp
      • 7 Months Ago
      Those must be some of the most expensive tread marks ever left on the ground.
      IBx27
      • 7 Months Ago
      Less cuts, less music, more proof of a complete drift, and more sound from the behemoth doing its business.
      ajk724
      • 7 Months Ago
      Inadequate lighting + Idiot music + ADHD camera = Terrible video. What a waste of money.
      bK
      • 7 Months Ago
      I hate these auto videos that are heavily edited with obnoxious musics. why cant they just let the engine roll.
      Daltini
      • 7 Months Ago
      was more interesting reading the specs
      b.rn
      • 7 Months Ago
      Was that oil on the pavement? I don't see how that vehicle could "drift" (not really drifting) otherwise.
      JF GeSchmidtt
      • 7 Months Ago
      I thought that video would give me an epileptic seizure, had to turn if off half way through. Horrible lighting, editing, awful music. What were they thinking????
      coopman999
      • 7 Months Ago
      very annoying to watch. could have been cool.
      username
      • 7 Months Ago
      Shaky camera, bad editing and music that is equivalent to nails on a chalkboard have turned what could have been a really awesome and exciting video into pure garbage
      jjmoonen
      • 7 Months Ago
      While the act of drifting that monster is undoubtedly a skilled task, the video is crap. Complete and utter crap.
      Steve So
      • 7 Months Ago
      I agree with others, this sux. Poor video editing. I wonder who let them monkey around with such an expensive piece of machinery
      mitytitywhitey
      • 7 Months Ago
      On a tour of the Caterpillar museum, the guide said that mining companies have started to hire a majority of women to dive the big, expensive trucks. The reasoning was that men were more likely to test the limits of whatever they were operating. Im not saying it's right or wrong, but that is what they claimed.
        The Wasp
        • 7 Months Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        I suspect Caterpillar's HR department would be smart enough to avoid doing that.
          mitytitywhitey
          • 7 Months Ago
          @The Wasp
          Mining companies =/= Caterpillar. Caterpillar was stating what they believed to be a fact. And either no one from HR took the tour yet, or no one from HR had a problem with it, because that was the claim.
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