Top Gear drives Grave Digger
What exactly is it like driving a five-tonne 1,500bhp monster truck worth $300,000?
Posted: 28 Oct 2010
The red cylindrical struts heading in the direction of each wheel are the nitrogen shock absorbers, designed to give 26 inches of travel at the front and 30 inches at the rear. The huge amounts of give are essential to cushion five tonnes of metal as it's reunited with the earth after a 30ft drop.
The engine - a 540 cubic inch Merlin, costing about $30,000 - is the kind familiar to drag racers, as is the supercharger, an 8-71 Blower. The engine runs on methanol-alcohol and can be tuned anywhere between 375 and 1,900bhp, depending on how it's chipped. For my little jaunt, they give me access to just under half of it.