Think quick: what’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone brings up the topic of land speed records? For us, it’s sports cars with slick aerodynamic setups, powerful powertrains, and feather-like weight. A truck pulling a trailer as fast as
humanly possible doesn’t come to mind… at all — unless you’re talking to the folks at Diesel Power — who recently set the record for the fastest vehicle towing a trailer.
To do so, the pulling car and its freight needed to travel faster than 139.11 mph — the velocity set by the previous record holder, who reportedly did so with a tuned Mercedes sedan (yup, sedan!) towing a Caravan/Travel Trailer… in South Africa. The DP crew took a first-gen GMC Sierra 2500 HD and packed it with over 1,000 horsepower and a two-stage nitrous set up. The trailer itself was also given some upgrades, dumping the standard wheel and tire combination for a pair of V-rated radials.
Then it was off to the sands of the El Mirage dry lake bed — for the sake of safety. The resulting speed was 141.998 mph through the traps. Watch the beast do it all: