By far and wide the biggest vehicle I have driven to date is an Oshkosh HEMTT, in various forms. These 34 feet long, 20-ton 8×8 monsters are one of the most unsung workhorses of the military fleet of vehicles, with the ability to carry damn near anything that requires hauling. Cargo by the trailerload, enough ammunition to keep trigger-happy pilots cared for, and all of the fuel we could possibly require on hand, they did it all. While the fleet is undergoing an engine conversion to the Caterpillar C15 six-cylinder engine, they originally came out with a 12.1L Detroit Diesel V8 that sang that moaning diesel song and would move the giant at a rather impressive pace…for a military truck, anyways.
I can openly say that I’ve never seen a HEMTT lighting off the tires in person. I might not be able to say the same for an LMTV…or a HMMWV…or the Chevrolet Caprice that I got to drive around in Kuwait…or the Gator we used on the flight line…but I never, ever have seen a HEMTT vehicle do a burnout until seeing these videos today. I’ve seen one off-roading in sloppy mud and I’ve seen one whip donuts in a field, but never a full-blown standstill burnout. With well over 1100 ft/lbs of torque on-hand, I shouldn’t be too surprised to see this, but somehow it’s still a bit surprising. Hopefully the guilty parties got away with a little fun before the phrase “statement of charges” appeared…or in the case of the wrecker operator, one pissed-off motor pool NCO.
Language warning: Military members at play.