What’s it like to drive a... Douglas Super Tug
What it feels like to drive something with twice the torque of a Bugatti Veyron
Posted: 22 Oct 2010
This is British engineering at its finest. Don't for a moment think manufacturing is dying in this country - Douglas has been around for 64 years. The tugs are tested to the limit before they go to customers. The day I drive the TBL 600, some poor sod is testing a helicopter tug by towing a rig up and down a 60-metre stretch of tarmac, again and again and again. In eight hour shifts, they do this 24 hours a day, five days a week.
The TBL is much more fun. How can it not be, with a 19-litre, six-cylinder Cummins diesel engine producing 750bhp and 2,278lb ft of torque? The hydraulic cradle at the back can lift an aircraft nose wheel with a 48-tonne rating. At its maximum, in four-wheel drive, the Douglas can tow an Airbus A380, the world's largest plane, which weighs 600 tonnes. The Douglas itself weighs a paltry 37 tonnes.