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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

This giant truck has 24 wheels

Russia is known for good at making things in a giant scale. Call it the largest jet aircraft and the largest helicopter ever made. Not only that, Russia was also successfully made the largest truck in the world. The truck was named MAZ-7907. As reported by Autoevolution on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
This gigantic truck named MAZ-7907 drive with 12-axle and 24 wheels. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1bvN7rs)
This truck has actually been developed since the 1980s by the Minsk Automotive Plant, known as MZKT. This truck is deliberately designed to do one thing, namely transporting Russian nuclear ballistic missile RT-23. The problem at that time (1983), the missile which has 10 individual warheads with a range of 10 thousand kilometers and weighs of 100 tons. As a result, Minsk Automotive Plant was then racked their brains in order to fit the needs.
This gigantic MAZ-7907 used 2 gas turbine engines, like the ones used in aviation. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1bvN7rs)
And finally in 1985, the first of two MAZ-7907 trucks had been built. These monster trucks that have a length of 28.1 meters measured 4.1 meters from side to side and the cabin was 4.45 meters tall. And the trucks are said to be able to carry loads up to 150 tons and able to cope with rough roads.
MAZ-7907, the 24-wheeled Russian Gigantic truck designed to carry 100 ton Nuclear missiles. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1bvN7rs)
The truck is equipped with a long suspension, and used two gas turbine engines, like the ones used in aviation, were installed. But the 1,250 hp they generated was used to create electricity, not power the truck directly. This in turn fed 24 individual electric motors, one for each wheel. Just as forklifts, its wheels can be changed at once (crabbing motion) or asynchronous (four axis in one direction and vice versa).
According to Mail.ru, this amazing and reclusive vehicle was used in 1996 to carry an 88-ton ship from the Berezina river to lake Narach (in Belarus). It performed its task well and reached a cruising speed of 20 km/h on some portions of the 250-kilometer trip, but broke down afterwards and had to be towed. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MAIL.RU | AUTOEVOLUTION]
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