Truck Fuel Consumption in “Yards Per Gallon”

Taking a break from our coverage of things like electric vehicles, we come to the Red Dragon, which could be the most environmentally unfriendly vehicle we’ve heard of for quite some time.

Taking a break from our coverage of things like electric vehicles, we come to the Red Dragon, which could be the most environmentally unfriendly vehicle we’ve heard of for quite some time.

Why? Well, the vehicle, built by former European Monster Truck Champion Rob Williams, has its fuel consumption rated in yards per gallon. That’s right: as in three-foot increments. It is rated at 50 to 60 ypg. It burns methanol.

This means it would need about 29 gallons of fuel to go a single mile.

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If you look closely, it appears as though a motor scooter has been fired from the air cannon in the back.  No, we don’t know why.

The hand-built truck is modeled after a Ford 350 SuperDuty. The fiberglass body covers a tubular frame chassis. Which sounds like it might be light. Might be.

There is a custom supercharged 9.5-liter Chevrolet engine that products 1,308 brake horsepower and 1,040 lb-ft of torque. The torque is delivered to the 6 x 4-ft wheels via “two axles from a 50-tonne crane crank.” We’re not exactly sure what that is, but we’re guessing that it handles a lot of torque.

The whole vehicle weighs 9,920 lb.

In addition to the foregoing, there is a custom-built 600-psi air cannon in the bed of the truck that can be used to shoot any object off the back weighing up to 1,433 lb. Apparently scooters are among the projectiles. And we’re not exactly sure why you’d want to, but just in case. . . .

Should you be in England during the month of November, you may be able to catch the Red Dragon at a Top Gear Live event in Birmingham or London.