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1166Nm Ford F650 Super Truck

2007-08-03 07:29
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Ford
Model F650 Super Truck
Engine 7.2-litre straight six turbodiesel
Power 223kW @ 2500r/min
Torque 1166Nm @ 1140 r/min
If a Hummer is leaving your garage looking decidedly empty, you might want to contact some kind folks in Augusta, Georgia, who will gladly build you the ultimate bakkie.

The Ford F650 is based on the American Ford F650 platform. Since 2001 Chris Walker and George Stickler from Southeast Utilities have set about building the meanest customised F650 bakkies around.

Unsurprisingly they have proved very popular as the vehicle of choice for America's biggest sports stars, including basketball star Shaquille O'Neil.

Thanks to the original F650 having a monstrous ladder frame chassis, converting the F650 into the ultimate double-cab bakkie is more a cabin rather than a chassis construction job.

And you can have it in any colour you like. Essentially the F650 Super Truck is about appearance, looking ridiculously cool whilst moving really heavy stuff.

It weights seven and a half tons with a payload capacity of four and a half tons.

To keep the world's oil supply safe only diesel engines can be specified, yielding some remnant of economy, you can have either Cummins 6.7-litre or Caterpillar 7.2-litre straight six turbodiesel power.

Either way you are very unlikely to achieve fuel consumption any better than 20-litres per 100km

The highest spec engine, a 7.2-litre Caterpillar straight six produces 223kW and 1166Nm and drives through a heavy duty Allison 6-speed automatic gearbox.

And you end up using an awful lot of the 1166Nm torque peak to keep those massive 22 and a half inch wheels rolling, especially seeing as though the 295/75 profile Goodyear tyres provide plenty of rolling resistance.

Keeping the mother of all bakkies on the road is air-suspension system rated at 8390kg. The interior is capacious enough to actually live in too, and obviously no highway going vessel of this size would be complete with out the 40% reclining front driver and passenger captain chairs.


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