It all started 12 years ago, this business of reaching 300km/h in a 5-tonne truck called Diesel & Dust, and setting a new world speed record with a naked lady perched on top of the radiator.

A friend called Tshwane business owner Henk Vryenhoek with news of a 1,000hp Detroit D90 V12 engine. The 18.1l two-stroke diesel engine hailed from a dump truck and comes standard with two huge turbochargers and two superchargers. Besides the 1,000 horses, peaking at 2,700rpm, about 3,700Nm of torque is also on tap...

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