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VW Amarok Pickups Demolish 220ft Chimneys - Web Exclusive

To mark the launch of its new Amarok pick-up, Volkswagen demonstrated the power of its new model by using four to demolish a 220ft-high steel chimney weighing approximately 154 tons.

May 4, 2011

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The chimney would normally have been demolished using a 40-ton excavator, but after months of planning with structural engineers and demolition experts, the VW Amarok was given the opportunity to be the first pick-up to attempt such a task.

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A series of tests were developed to challenge the power and traction delivered by the Amarok. The structure was prepared using a standard procedure for any 'pull-down' demolition - flame-cutting a 'shark's mouth' into the base of the chimney, reducing its structural integrity, though ensuring that it remained upright.

Four 220-yard lengths of rope were rigged to the top of the chimney and attached to the towbars of four standard Amarok pickups, each powered by the latest four-cylinder, 2.0-liter TDI engine producing 160hp.

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For this demonstration, the trucks were fitted with a 'quick release' safety mechanism for the towing ropes, ensuring the safety of the drivers in the unlikely event of the structure falling in the wrong direction.

At the given time, the pickups simultaneously pulled the chimney crashing to the ground as part of a planned site demolition project in Reading, England.

Eldon Stevens from worldwide decommissioning experts EDS was delighted to be part of the dramatic demonstration: "EDS has a reputation for taking on complex demolition projects that test our engineering abilities, so we were thrilled to work with Volkswagen to see if the new Amarok could bring down such a vast structure."

There are currently no plans to sell the VW Amorak pickup in North America.

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