The brake pads overheated in almost no time at all.
We're used to seeing razor-sharp sports cars or powerful sports sedans hit the Nurburgring to crush speed records or for developmental testing, as was the case recently with the Porsche GT3 Cup racer. The demanding circuit is the perfect place to push these types of cars to their limits, but the Nurburgring occasionally has a few unexpected visitors.
One such example was the elegant Mercedes-Benz S-Class; the heavy, full-size sedan is better known for quiet, high-speed cruises on the Autobahn. Now, an even more unlikely vehicle has hit the famous track and it's none other than the hulking Ram 1500 TRX. BTGDale on YouTube shared a new video of the TRX hitting the circuit and, as expected, it's quite a sight.
Blasting along on off-road tires and followed by an Audi RS Q8, both drivers quickly resorted to some rather colorful language to express their feelings about this monster truck. In case you needed reminding, the 1500 TRX's 6.2-liter supercharged V8 delivers an outrageous 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. In no time at all, the truck slammed into its speed limiter at 118 mph. Of course, all the power in the world can't overcome the laws of physics.
Weighing in at 6,350 pounds, the TRX's brakes started to feel the burn of slowing down this beast after only around five or so minutes of abuse, prompting its driver to say that his brakes were "officially done - I'm going to have to slow down."
Other than the smoking, overheated brake pads, the site of the Ram leaning heavily through the curves as it was passed by much smaller Golfs is hilarious to behold. On the straight sections, that V8 comes alive though. At the 08:20 mark, the TRX bears down on a Mazda MX-5 Miata - the roadster looks like a toy car alongside the big truck.
"Okay, wow. That was literally the most ridiculous lap I have ever made in my life," said the Ram's driver. "I'm almost 90% sure we'll get kicked off the circuit for being too loud."
The TRX on the Nurburgring only serves as further confirmation that until the Ford F-150 Raptor R arrives, the Ram is as much as fun as you can have in a truck right now.