The Caterpillar-Carrying Mercedes-Benz Actros Was Also Filmed

A few months ago we were talking about the most bad-ass range of Mercedes-Benz trucks, also known as the SLT lineup, for which “heavy-duty” would be an understatement.
Mercedes-Benz Actros Carrying a Caterpillar 797 1 photo
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Made by the engineers and workers from Daimler Custom Tailored Trucks in the Alsacian town of Molsheim, where Bugatti is also based, the SLT range of Mercedes-Benz trucks is specifically designed for the hardest types of haulage.

The latest Mercedes-Benz Actros SLT, for example, is properly equipped to haul no less than 250 tons of anything you can imagine by itself, mostly thanks to an inline six-cylinder turbodiesel that delivers no less than 625 hp and a massive 3000 Nm (2213 lb ft) of torque.

That all sound impressive, but nothing compares with actually watching a “regular” truck such as the Actros carrying one of the world's largest and heaviest vehicles on the planet – a mining haul truck.

We're sure that most of your saw the seemingly unbelievable photo of a ginormous Caterpillar 797 getting a piggy-back ride from a Mercedes-Benz Actros a few days ago. Unsurprisingly, some people believed that the image of the mining truck was superimposed over the one with the Actros.

Well, courtesy of one of our readers (Thanks, Carlos!), we know have a bit more details about the awesome feat, which apparently happened about four years ago in the Chilean desert and it's totally not fake.

According to the YouTube description, the 363 ton CAT mining truck was transported like this and not on its own power because otherwise its tires would have damaged the road, albeit we fail to see how a smaller contact patch wouldn't damage the road surface even more.

Other than that, the short video also shows us what happens behind the trucks, as there is actually more than one Mercedes-Benz Actros which is used to pull the humongous mining truck like an Australian road train.

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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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