On 11 – 13 November at NEC Birmingham and 24 – 27 November at ExCeL London we’ll have the chance to meet Red Dragon at the all-new Top Gear Live. Hand-built over three months, Red Dragon is the creation of former European Monster Truck Champion, Rob Williams. It made its debut appearance at Top Gear Live South Africa last year.
Being a custom-built Ford 350 Super Duty Monster Truck which produces a ground-shaking 1308 bhp and comes complete with an air-cannon mounted on the back that can fire a fridge-freezer 80 yards, this car will be one of the must-see attractions at the event.
The hand-built truck comes with a tubular frame chassis which holds the supercharged, bespoke 9.5-litre Chevrolet engine, which delivers 1308bhp and an incredible 1,040lbs ft, in place as it burns through a gallon of methanol fuel every 50-60 yards.
A truly monster needs some giant wheels. Two axles from a 50-tonne crane crank the extraordinary power into the 6ft by 4ft giant wheels. The Red Dragon hits the scales at 4.5 tonnes in total, but considering that each tyre and wheel weighing in at a quarter of a tonne, it’s no surprise to hear that.
As expected, this beast will be the star of the event, but if its outrageous performance is not enough, the additional spectacle of a custom-built 600psi air cannon, capable of shooting a fridge freezer or any object weighing up to 650kilos out of the back, underlines its suitability as a Top Gear Live machine.
Visitors to this year’s ‘The ultimate Top Gear experience’ can expect all the on-screen, supercharged excitement of the TV show rolled into one event, with the famous presenting trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May previously seen in the TopGearLive action arena now spilling out into the rest of the event.
The new format is focused on the new Top Gear indoor track. This features highlights from the TV show including Stig power laps and Star in a reasonably priced car as well as the Top Gear Stunt Team, head-to-heads and supercar parades.