Screaming Tank Video: A British Chieftain Tank Bounces Off the Red Line


Screaming Tank Video: A British Chieftain Tank Bounces Off the Red Line

If we had a tank like the guys in this video do, we’d use it exactly like they do. Crushing stuff has to be lots of fun, especially when you know that every inch of the vehicle doing the crushing is armor plated. The Saab that gets mangled does manage to exact some revenge on the way out. Somehow, the tank’s huge 1100ci motor revs to the moon, and stays there!

The Chieftain tank was England’s primary battle tank for a couple of decades and power came from a 19-liter Leyland L60 engine. This is a weirdo of a mill. It’s a two-stroke engine that uses 12 pistons in six cylinder bores, each pair vertically opposed. The engine was rated for 750hp and was a “multi-fuel” piece capable of running on everything from cat pee to diesel and everything in between.

Listen to the engine hang wide open about half way over the Saab, also look for the dude (presumably the owner of the huge toy)diving into the hatch to hit the emergency stop button to kill the motor. According to a couple of the comments, the engine was not badly damaged, but it sure looks bad with all that steam pouring out of it!

Dig the sound, too!


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