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
So I don the fireproof suit, clamber up and settle in the relatively upright driving position. Clamped by the five-point harness, I pull on the Fuel and Power plungers, switch the Motor Start and flick the Ignition. The beast rumbles into life, gutteral and ominous. I'm given the thumbs-up, and my shaky right foot slowly starts to apply pressure to the huge accelerator pedal. It moves away in a surprisingly civilised manner, no sudden jolts, no kangarooing. As the revs hit 4,000rpm, I moveit through the dog-leg gearbox into its second and final gear - the first is used to get you rolling, but once in second you stay there. I take the first ramp (the ramps are more like enlarged speed bumps) at about 5mph.