A truck is a motor vehicle for transporting goods. The word "truck" comes from the Greek "trochos", meaning "wheel". In America, the big wheels of wagons were called trucks. When the petrol engine driven trucks came into fashion, these were called "motortrucks". Slowly the word motor in front of truck disappeared.

Land speed records are usually set by exotic sports cars that have no problem setting 200 mph without breaking a sweat. The last thing - or at least vehicle - people will associate with speed records are trucks. Big-bodied, mammoth trucks that are less about speed than they are about power.

Try telling that to Boije Overbrink, who was determined to make sure that he went down as driving the fastest semi-truck in all the world. Easier said than done, right? Apparently, not for Mr. Overbrink. Using a specially-built Volvo semi and bringing it to Hultsfred Airport in Sweden, the 59-year old, who also happened to be celebrating his birthday on that very same day, clocked in an average speed of 81.32 mph for 500 meters and 103.58 mph for an entire kilometer.

Taking into account the slow acceleration of trucks that size, speed runs for this category are only measured on the average time it clocks over an entire course. Taking all that into consideration, the truck clocked in a speed of over 155 mph over an entire course.

Relative to the speed set by high-powered sports cars, 155 mph may not be all that impressive, but when you’re talking about a semi-truck with all that sheet metal, 155 mph is by far both impressive and scary at the same time.

Source: Moto Bullet
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The Nissan pickup has never sold all that well here in the United States, but with tough competition from Ford and Chevrolet , it’s easy to see why that is. Nissan has an all-new Titan ready for 2014, but they might have a few changes in store for next year.

The 2011 Titan and Frontier get all-new trim level names, including S, SV, and SL. There will also be 4x4 badging on the truck if the buyer gets the four-wheel drive version. In the comfort department, captain’s chairs will be fitted as standard on the top-level SL trim. The 5.6-liter 317-horsepower V8 will remain.

The trim-level name swap will be on the Frontier as well, but the PRO-4X model will carry over on both trucks. The smaller pickup loses its six-speed manual on the long wheelbase SL King Cab and SV Crew Cab.

Luckily, there is still a six-speed manual available on the lower S trim level and the PRO-4X short wheelbases. The SV adds the Luxury Package and you can even get LATCH child safety seats.

The new Titan for 2011 goes on sale in August and the new six-cylinder Frontier will follow it in September, while four-cylinder Frontiers will go on sale in October.

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With the launch of the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee upcoming, Jeep might already be looking further into the future. The company hasn’t offered a pickup truck in North America since 1992, but they are currently debating the idea.

Mike Manley, president and CEO of Jeep expressed interest in a compact and midsize truck in an interview with

“That’s a segment that I’m very curious about. I know it’s had a rough time here in the U.S., but globally it still seems to be an important sector.”

“I know there’s a lot of elasticity in the Jeep brand globally, so we’re not limiting our search for new-vehicle opportunities or new markets,” Manley said.

Manley seemed very open about the idea of competing with the likes of the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma .

Yet, this isn’t the first time that trucks have been brought up by Jeep. Remember the Jeep Gladiator concept from 2005. When the press got their hands on it, the truck got nothing, but rave reviews.

Jeep won’t have it easy though. Chinese auto manufacturer Mahindra is already preparing a truck launch in the United States and, with rising gas prices, trucks might not be the best area to explore.

In any case, don’t expect any further comment from Jeep, just keep hoping that something will come along very soon.

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Racing with monster trucks on a wet and muddy truck isn’t exactly the safest thing to be racing on, but for some people, it’s the perfect recipe for having a good time. That is, until something like this happens to one of the participants.

The driver of this particular truck was in the middle of his run and was - given the circumstances - running smoothly despite all the splashing mud it was running over. That’s when all hell began to break loose. In the middle of his run, the truck unexpectedly hit a deep hole that was being hidden by the excessive amounts of water and mud on the track. As soon as he hit the hole, his truck lurches forward and fell on its side pinning the driver, who, idiotically, wasn’t wearing his seat belt.

Race officials immediately scrambled to assist the driver who miraculously escaped being squashed like a bug by the truck. We’re not the type to blast people for enjoying the things they love to do provided, of course, that they know where their limits are. It is apparent that this guy was so way in over his head that his limits were obviously not realized. Or maybe he just needs to wear his seat belt next time.

Either way, he’s lucky to be alive after coming this close to getting pinned under a two-ton truck.

Source: Break

Over the course of our years covering the auto industry, we’ve seen cars do some amazing things. From burnouts to drifts to long distance jumps, and even those crazy folks doing back flips with their cars, there’s not a shortage of those images that are etched in our memories.

But up until now, we’ve never seen anything quite like this.

To be fair, this stunt has been done before in the past, albeit unsuccessfully. The most famous example, of course, is our favorite daredevil Travis Pastrana, who last year tried to do a back flip while riding a monster truck. Pastrana, however, wasn’t able to accomplish the feat, which then of course leads us to Cam McQueen trying to perform the same trick at a recent Monster truck rally.

This video shows McQueen beginning his attempt in making his Monster Truck do a back flip and, unbelievably, – the man actually does it! Incredible. Amazing. Indescribable.

It’s only 18 seconds long, but in those 18 precious ticks, prepare for your jaws to drop because you’re going to see something you’ve never seen before.

Source: YouTube

The latest in military auto technology has arrived, or, as a better description, has rolled out into the battlefield. Indigen Armor, makers of armored vehicles known for their stout sturdiness, recently unveiled their latest masterpiece, the Non-Standard Tactical Truck, or NSTT, for short.

Described by Indigen Armor as an "ideal, lightweight alternative to heavy legacy vehicles," the armor-encased NSTT comes with four-wheel drive, scalable armor packages as well as a monster 6.0-liter turbo-diesel engine. These features make it an ideal vehicle to use in those high-hostility areas of conflict like urban streets, deserts, woodlands, jungles, and, if the situation calls for it, mountains and arctic terrains.

Indigen Armor left a lot of the specifications of the NSTT under wraps, only leaving us with this pretty cool video of the car being tested. That will probably be the only time we’d be psyched about getting into a car while an AK-47 tries to gun us down.

Press Release after the jump

Source: Indigen Armor

In the face of seemingly insormountable danger, the power of the human spirit to survive shines through, giving the individual the presence of mind to find ways of getting out of harm’s way

Truck driver Randy Pierce found that out the hard way after he managed - barely - to escape the burning truck he was driving after he got into an accident when the truck he was driving, which was carrying about 20 tons of frozen chicken, got cut off by a dump truck before the trailer crashed, slicing open the fuel tank in the process.

With a split open tank, it didn’t take long for the truck to be engulfed in flames, which, naturally, made things worse for Pierce. If the fire wasn’t enough to deal with, Pierce also had to worry about getting out of the truck’s cab, which was perilously dangling from the side of the bridge.

Fortunately, the driver still had his wits about him despite a pretty devastating crash. Pierce managed to get safely back to hard surface after climbing out of the passenger side of the burning truck before finding safety in the form of the bridge.

In times like this, you have to wonder how these people can think clearly given the cards that they’re dealt with. Fortunately for Randy Pierce, he was calm enough to work his way out of his predicament.

Source: CNN

As if people need to be reminded that Chrysler bagged Motor Trend’s "Truck of the Year" award for the 2010 Ram Heavy Duty , the company decided to announce their achievement by installing a 140-foot tall and 120-foot wide building wrap at its company headquarters at Pentastar Central in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The building wrap is so huge that it actually covers the entire side of the Chrysler HQ, which, unless you’re blind, you will have a hard time missing. We’re all proponents of celebrating one’s achievement, but we prefer to do it in a low-key kind of way. On the other hand, Chrysler did exactly the opposite.

According to Ram Truck president and CEO, Fred Diaz, the purpose of the wrap was to "share the company’s pride in the Ram Heavy Duty Ram Heavy Duty - as well as the Ram 1500 Ram 1500 - with our employees that work hard each day to support this company." Coudn’t they have just bought them all a Ram or maybe just a gift certificate to a fancy dinner?

The enormous building wrap that covers one side of the entire building can be seen by about 200,000 motorists that travel along the Interstate-75 in Auburn Hills, Mich., every day. If Chrysler really wanted to get people’s attention, this building wrap is doing a marvelous job at that.

Source: Chrysler

Rarely do we see videos these days that leave our jaws dropping on the floor. This one most certainly did that, and the funny thing is, it didn’t even involve a high-end sports car.

When a 65,000-pound truck comes barreling at about 50 miles per hour, you figures that nothing can stand in its way. But if you’ve ever seen any of those concrete barriers that are built around the perimeter high-security buildings, then it becomes a showdown of epic proportions.

It’s the ultimate battle between the unstoppable force going up against an immovable object. Who wins it?

Here’s a hint: we picked a side and we ended up being wrong.

Check it out and see for yourself.

Source: YouTube

On one hand, these diesel stacks are widely considered as a trucker’s best friend. On the other hand, though, it’s an environmentalist’s worst nightmare.

Not content with eight-inch diesel stacks, which are already pretty huge as far as diesel stacks are concerned, Pypes Performance Exhaust decided that eight inches aren’t big enough stacks anymore so they did what any motivated exhaust company would do: raise the ante.

And this is what happens when Pypes Performance Exhaust plays the role of mad scientists. Behold the twelve-inch diesel stacks.

Watching this video, you can immediately conjure up what people are thinking as soon as they see it. On one end, you have those truck drivers salivating at the thought of having one – or two – of these exhausts installed in their semi. On the other end, you have those environmentalists that must have already fainted after seeing that black plume of smoke released by 12-inch stacks.

The question is: which side of the fence are you on?

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