Season 2, Episode 9 - The Somersault – Diesel Power Gear
Season 2, Episode 9 - The Somersault

Season 2, Episode 9 - The Somersault

"Boys will be boys", right? That saying pretty much encompasses this entire build. It’s a truck that is purpose built to “roll over”. Yes, you read that correctly.

We spent weeks throwing out crazy ideas, crunching numbers, and enlisting the guys at Overkill Racing and Chassis to create this bad boy.

Our lead engineer (@morguyver) came up with this new idea, and he decided to use the egg shape for the exterior truck cage it would essentially “roll” on.

Vehicles tend to pitch forward quite a bit when slamming on the brakes, and even more so if your front-end suspension hasn't been given proper maintenance. But even so, you’d have to really slam those bad boys if you wanted to get your rear tires off the ground. Let alone, up over your head and back around again.

The answer to this conundrum is two hydraulic rams mounted to the rear track bars. A button is pushed at the exact moment you slam the brakes, and the two rams are crammed with hydraulic fluid raising the rear-end nearly 12″ in a matter of seconds – giving us that extra kick we needed to roll over.

Ultimately, what was the purpose of this crazy build? Fun! And a little, “Why Not?”. Is any other reason needed? We never think so.