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Thor 24 Peterbilt 359 War Rig Fetches $12 Million at Auction

At the end of last week, the Internet was taken by storm by the unveiling of was is dubbed to be the “most powerful big rig ever built.” Called Thor 24, the heavily modified Peterbilt crew cab tractor just snatched a record figure at an auction in Saudi Arabia.
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On the floor of an event called Worldwide Auctioneers in Riyadh, the semi was allegedly purchased by an unknown buyer for a staggering $12 million. That translates into a profit of roughly $5 million for the builder of the monstrous machine, real estate developer Mike Harrah.

Having this aggressive truck sell in the desert makes for the perfect parallel between Thor 24 and Furiosa’s War Rig. That, and the fact that it packs possibly the most power squeezed into such a machine: 3,974 hp, all of it controlled by a four-speed manual transmission.

The troop comes from a couple of Detroit Diesel engines that make for a combined 24 cylinders, fitted with 12 superchargers. Torque is rated high enough to allow the 32,000-pound to travel at a top speed of 130 mph (209 kph).

The rig is so powerful and heavy that it needs four drag-racing parachutes to slow it down.

With a design inspired by a four-engine machine called Snowboat, driven back in the 1960s by drag racer Tommy Ivo, Thor comes with several other unique appointments. They include a 1,500 watt sound system, a widescreen TV, and tons of decorative lights.Power for all these gizmos comes from an auxiliary power unit that used to be a helicopter turbine. 

It is said it took Mike Harrah seven years and $7 million to come up with this build, but it seems to have been time and money well invested, as Thor is, he says, “the greatest custom big-rig ever built.”

More on the Thor 24 machine can be found at this link.

 
 
 
 
 

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