By Patrick Rall
You read that right – this week’s Truckin’ Fast feature takes a look at a 2009 Ram 1500 Quad Cab on the Bonneville Salt Flats embarking on a run that resulted in a top speed of 239 miles per hour. Two hundred…and thirty nine miles per hour in a Ram 1500 Quad Cab. “Wow” is right.
It shouldn’t come as a big surprise but the standard 5.7L Hemi has been removed from this purpose built speed record truck in favor of a twin turbocharged 272 cubic inch V8 Dodge NASCAR motor. With somewhere in the area of 1,600 horsepower, this mighty race engine works with a host of other modifications including a very low ratio gear set to reach a top speed on the Bonneville Salt Flats of 239 miles per hour.
If you have never seen a Bonneville Salt Flat top speed pass before, it is over the course of a very long stretch of wide open nothingness and because of that, it is a sport that is hard to capture on video. In this piece, the 1,600 horsepower Ram 1500 gets push started by a Cummins powered Ram 3500 – presumably due to the fact that the truck is geared to reach the highest speed possible that it has a hard time getting going from a stop. However, as you watch the two trucks speed off into the distance, you can hear the point at which the NASCAR powered Ram begins to roar away under its own power and you can hear that purr of that awesome engine through the end of the video.
The video starts slowly, so you can go ahead and fast forward to the 2:35 mark as the monster top-speed truck fires up the twin turbocharged NASCAR engine around the 2:39 mark and it is truly an incredible piece of ear candy. The sound of this truck preparing and then climbing to the 239 mile per hour mark is possibly the best aspect of this clip so be sure to have your speakers cranked up!