Odd Truck Dragrace: Diesel vs Big Displacement at High Elevation! [TFLtruck video]

 

Photo via: TFLtruck.com

These boys love to race just about anything against each other. Minivans, crossovers, sports cars, electric cars and – yes – even big trucks. This time it’s old vs older as Roman Mica and Andre (the Cowboy) Smirnov race their own vehicles against each other.

“What happens when you Drag race a old Ford Raptor vs an older Heavy Duty Silverado with the Duramax Turbo Diesel? Watch this video to find out.”

 

The Fast Lane Truck has a Ton of Jeep Scrambler and Jeep JK/JL updates!

This new video from the boys at The Fast Lane Truck (TFLtruck.com) features the latest news on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK, the upcoming JL and the Jeep Scrambler pickup truck.

Here’s a taste!

“How much will the new 2019 Jeep Scrambler (Wrangler-based) pickup truck be able to tow? We get a glimpse into this question with the following prototype image. This photo comes to us via Facebook, uploaded by FourWheeler.com..”

There’s that and more in this video!

Proof that Subaru Once Made Cool Trucks: the 1969 Subaru Sambar 360 Pickup Truck

Via: TFLtruck
What you’re seeing here is a prime example of a 1969 Subaru Sambar 360 Pickup Truck. This baby is a two-stroke, so you have to mix your oil and petrol. This model was for sale three years ago and these photos accompanied the truck. Yep, I said truck. This model probably has the 20 -25 horsepower (18 kW) air-cooled 356cc (EK series) engine. It was later replaced by the more powerful (EK34) water-cooled engine. A three-speed manual transmission was standard.

According to Wikipedia: “The nickname for this generation is “baban” Sambar.”

These trucks (there – I said it again) were street legal in the United States and could fly down the highway at nearly 55 mph. This is the same engine and gearbox found in the tiny Subaru 360 and it had a hell of a time moving it quickly. Around town, they are quick enough and easy to park. On large North American highways, they are not especially happy. Add some crosswinds and your Subaru Sambar 360 Pickup was downright unhappy.

I have firsthand experience driving one of these from Southern California to Seattle WA. It wasn’t fun. Still, the Subaru Sambar 360 Pickup Truck is a hoot around town.

 

The Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Hellwig “Rule Breaker” [Video]

Via TFLtruck’s story by Nathan Adlen:  “NISSAN TITAN XD HELLWIG-LANCE RV IS A “RULE BREAKER” AT OVER $118,000”

Hellwig and Nissan got together last year to build the Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X Hellwig “Rule Breaker” Overlanding Truck with a Lance camper. In many ways, this was a proof of concept project for both companies as Hellwig and Nissan wanted a rolling example of what they were capable of. The Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X Hellwig “Rule Breaker” Overlanding Truck was well received at the 2016 SEMA show and it impressed journalists on the trails right before the 2017 Overland Expo in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Hellwig used a Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X with a Cummins diesel V8 that is rated at 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed Aisin transmission and the Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X has an electric locking rear differential. It can tow up to 11,790 lbs, but with the diesel, the payload is limited to 1,744 lbs payload – and that could have been an issue. Hellwig’s upgraded, off-road suspension with air-bags can easily compensate for the (2,000 lbs) Lance camper.

The Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Hellwig “Rule Breaker” Overlanding Truck was stellar on hard-packed dirt, rocky riverbed and washboard roads. I had a chance to truly scrutinize it as I filmed it from one of the chase-trucks. Not only does the Hellwig suspension compensate for the extra weight, it kept the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Hellwig “Rule Breaker” Overlanding Truck from swaying too.

I would love to try it out in Colorado and see what it can really do.

Here’s an equipment list with prices.

Nissan may have hit upon something special with its XD models. Think about it: less weight than a “Big-3” heavy duty, but more capability than a 1/2 ton. It’s a compelling perspective.

The Lance camper was only unusual in its lack of a folding/collapsible roof option. Many overlanders prefer a roof that lowers a bit to aid in a lower center of gravity, better aerodynamics and a lower profile. Still, the Lance camper, which has a kitchen, bathroom, queen bed and provisions to build a smaller bed where the dining table is, looks like it belongs – especially with the matching wrap.

I think the yellow design motif looks outstanding.

 

Which is Best for Off Road – Raptor, Power Wagon or Tacoma TRD Pro [Video]

2017 Ram Power Wagon. Photos and video via TFLtruck.com

Ram Power Wagon vs Ford Raptor vs Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. The task is simple: which one is the best all-around off road truck? The gang from TFLtruck (The Fast Lane Truck) take all three trucks to Moab, Utah to find out. In this video, the boys prove why they are the best at making enjoyable truck videos!