Disappointment for the tuner, but massive excitement for everyone else.
Fast trucks are all the rage right now. We have the Ram 1500 TRX, the Ford F-150 Raptor, and soon there'll be a fast Silverado too. As impressive as these trucks are, manufacturers know that the buying public always wants more. That's why there'll soon be an even faster R version of the Ford Raptor, but upgrading your performance isn't something exclusive to manufacturers. While chasing 3,000 horsepower on the dyno, a truck built by Power Driven Diesel met an untimely fate by exploding under load, sending pistons, wrist pins, and other fragmented engine components into the atmosphere quicker than Buzz Aldrin could have said, "Houston, we have a problem."
If this sort of thing sounds familiar, a different company experienced the same unusual occurrence chasing the same 3,000-hp figure in September last year. So what happened? Well, the guys responsible for building this vehicle have released a video explaining what the experience was like from the driver's seat, but have yet to find the cause of the issue. That being said, they weren't expecting a flawless run as they had just blown up their main engine for the diesel truck in a drag racing event and decided to use the backup engine for the dyno. All seemed well, but with about a hundred horsepower in nitrous combining with well over 200 pounds of boost, there was always going to be a good chance of catastrophic failure.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported and people in the grandstands are said to have approached the driver of the truck with some of his engine components asking for an autograph. It seems everyone saw this as a great spectacle, but it is truly remarkable that nobody was injured. In fact, one of the pistons left the engine at such a high rate of speed that it hit signage above the grandstand, puncturing it. A billet block is supposedly being considered for future builds, but either way, it seems that the tuners will reach their goal of 3,000 horses soon - on their home dyno, they achieved over 2,700 hp. Let's just hope they can keep those ponies contained in future.