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Foton Tunland is a Monster Truck in China

Published on December 25, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Foton Tunland is a Monster Truck in China

A Foton Tunland monster truck, seen on the the FB-Show 2015 (intro) in Beijing, looking all the monster business with a jacked-up suspension, giant wheels, shiny chimneys, exposed differentials, white painted springs, and a dark black red paint job.

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The chimneys are the best part of the whole car. It should have some shiny more! Wheels look great a well, with a giant Foton logo in the center. Four door crew cab with five search lights on top. The short bed is fitted with a frame with a large shiny horn on each side. The ladder to climb inside is… remote controlled!

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This is the standard Tunland, a typical Chinese mid-size pickup truck, manufactured by Foton Motor, a subsidiary of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC). The base car already features an impressive grille, but the wheels are far too small. The Tunland is powered by a locally produced Cummins 163hp turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, here mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Price for all this pretty starts at 87.900 yuan and ends at 154.900 yuan.

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The monster truck kept the same engine, so it won’t be very fast, but the shiny badges look sweet on the red door.

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I can see your ‘box! The conversion from truck to monster truck was quite a work. The wheelbase was stretched from 3100 to 3600, length grew from 5310 to 5690, and height went up to 2800 from 1860.

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The monster truck was developed for auto shows and the such, and has never seen any serious action so far. There are no monster truck competitions in China, but a wealthy few use similar vehicles to go racing in the deserts up north an north west.

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Reinforced frame under the bed, for strong but also for adding weight for a better ride balance.

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Local citizens inspecting the wheel. The Tunland monster truck is BIG.

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