Volkswagen Amaroks demolish 140-ton chimney

May 2011 News

A team of four Volkswagen Amarok pickup trucks was used to topple a 220-foot-tall, 140-ton chimney in the U.K. in a marketing stunt introducing the Amarok to the country.

Like in a logging operation, a large notch was cut in the bottom of the tower to guide its fall but allow it to remain upright until the Amaroks pulled it down using their 2.0-liter diesel engines, rated at 163 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque (at 1,500 rpm). Each of the Amaroks was connected to the structure with a 200-meter-long rope.

"The new Amarok is packed with power and intelligence, and we wanted to achieve something extraordinary to demonstrate this for its launch," said Simon Elliott, director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. "Working with the right experts and taking a scientific approach, by demolishing a 67-meter steel chimney we've shown the maximum strength and power of the Amarok."

Video of the takedown can be found on YouTube.

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