Brutus isn't the only insane hot rod coming out of Germany right now. The custom builders at Deichkraft took a tri-axle Diamond T 980 N20 tank transporter and turned it into an absolutely massive roadster.
We found this story on the excellent German car culture website Chromjuwelen.com, which has been following this creation for a few years now.
If it's not crazy enough that someone turned a Diamond T truck into a hot rod, the builder, Carsten Plötner, constructed this thing to be an environmentally-friendly vehicle. Rather than follow the low-weight, super-aerodynamic hybrid trend, Deichkraft built this thing to be as long-lasting as possible.
With a two-stroke Detroit Diesel engine and no complicated systems to go wrong, this hot rod shouldn't have to be replaced for a good long time, and keeping a vehicle in service for the better part of a century sounds a whole lot better than building new hybrids every few years.
The hot rod scene comes across as extremely closed-minded, with open-wheeled cars in an endless permutation of kandy kolor customs, gleaming '32 Fords, and perfectly-rusted rat rods. Turning a dual-rear-axle truck into the world's biggest roadster is a breath of fresh air, if you don't count the massive clouds of diesel smoke it pelts out at every shift.
(Hat tip to: tapz!)
Photo Credit: Deichkraft