This should not be possible in a 10-ton truck.
After securing a record 14 titles, Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz has proven to be a formidable competitor in the gruelling Rally Dakar. This year was no exception, as fearless driver Eduard Nikolaev secured another win at this year’s Rally Dakar for the Kamaz Master team. To keep up this winning streak in preparation for the upcoming Silk Way rally this July, the Russian driver took the insane racing truck to the Transpolar region of Murmansk to see if it could withstand some unimaginably extreme snow conditions.
There’s a reason the Kamaz-4326 racing truck is affectionally known as the “Terminator.” Not only is it a catchier name, this beast weighs 10 tons and packs a 16.2-liter V8 diesel producing an earth-shattering 1,000-hp. To test the new Continental 14.00 R20 164/160K HC tires, Nikolaev accelerated to 87 mph, approached a snow jump and flew through the air for 37 meters pulling 12G.
Such a feat doesn’t seem possible in a 10-ton truck, but it looks glorious in slow motion where we get to see the 30 cm of suspension travel at work. According to the team, the tires “gripped the snowy slush well, the suspension withstood the blows and, on landing, the truck carried on at maximum speed to show that they are the Kings of the Northern Desert.” “To test the truck we went to Kirovsk, in the Murmansk region, to one of the snowiest regions in Russia,” Nikolaev explains. “There, right through to the late spring, there’s a lot of deep snow. For our KAMAZ-4326, these conditions are very similar to driving on the sands of South America or Africa.
For the team this is great training in the skills of driving on the coming ‘silk’ dunes.” This year’s Silk Way rally commences on July 7 at Moscow’s Red Square where the Kamaz will tackle 14 stages and 5,903 grueling miles across Russia, Kazakhstan, and China.