The Biggest Vehicles… In The World!

Caterpillar 797

The current version of this off-highway powertrain haul truck is the world’s largest, highest payload capacity mechanical drive haul truck. With a wheelbase of 23ft 7in (7.19m), it’s 49ft 6 in (15.09m) long, 31ft 3in (9.52m) wide and 25 ft 4 in (7.72m) tall, and has a payload capacity of 400 short tons.

In order to carry that much material and maintain a top speed of 42mph (68km/h) it has a 3,793hp engine – and an enormous fuel tank, taking up to 1000 US gallons – that’s 3,785 litres.

NASA Crawler Transporter

When built, the NASA Crawler-Transporters were the largest self-powered vehicles in the world. They were designed with a single purpose – taking first the Saturn rockets and later the Space Shuttles to their launch site. They’re 131 ft (40m) long, 114ft (35m) wide, and have an adjustable height of between 20 and 26 ft (6-8m). This is independently adjustable on each side, to keep the platform level as they move up the ramp. It takes a team of nearly 30 engineers, technicians and drivers to operate.

As for fuel consumption; the crawler’s tanks held 5,000 US gallons (19,000 litres) of diesel fuel, and burned it at a rate of 125.7 US gallons per mile or 296 litres per kilometre.

Bagger 293

There are a few things bigger than the NASA Crawler-Transporters; they’re not really in our area, however, as they’re externally powered vehicles. They’re still hugely impressive however, and built on an incredible scale. The Bagger 293, according to the Guinness Book of Records, is the largest terrestrial vehicle in human history; 314.0 feet (96 metres) tall, 738.2 ft (225m) long, and weighing  31.3 million pounds – 14,2000 tonnes. It operates in a brown coal mine near Hambach in Germany.

Whilst most of our customers are operating vehicles on a more humble scale, here at Fueltek we can offer fuel management systems to suit any kind of fleet. For more information, why not get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team on 01254 291391 today?