Tony O'Kane | May 28, 2008

Suffering from the midweek blues? Here's something to cheer you up. The JCB GT is a 1300hp wheel-standin' front-loadin' beast of a construction vehicle, and it can blast down the quarter mile in a blistering (for a backhoe, anyway) 17 seconds.

Built by JCB in the UK in the late 1980s, the GT now makes regular appearances at US drag strips. Top speed is said to be over 241kph(!), with the average trap speed at the drag strip being 120kph. A supercharged 572 big block Chevrolet V8 is responsible for hurling this monster down the quarter mile, and it sends all 1300 of its horses into those massive deep-tread tractor tyres. Propping the GT back on its wheelie bars appears to be a cinch, as the video below demonstrates.

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