Driving a real-life Tonka toy
The Bell B50D is one of the biggest dumper trucks in the world. Honestly, it’s huge. Matthew Jones takes to the wheel...
Posted: 04 Sep 2012
With a few minutes practice, the linearity of input's actually quite intuitive. Give it ten and you're piloting your own yellow Tonka avalanche on slopes you literally couldn't walk down. Its off-road ability is utterly confounding, partially because the 6ft 1in of wheel/tyre shrinks obstacles, partially because it's got three locking differentials the size of beach balls, and partially because there's the equivalent to a Porsche 911 powering each wheel. What's the stopping distance, though? Does it need half a mile to put on the anchors?