How the Strongest US Rocket Compares to a Heavy Duty Pickup Truck has put together the heaviest comparison of all time, pitting a Delta IV, the ULA's largest rocket, against a Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup. Although the pickup wins the 0-to-60 contest, that's about all it wins. Astounding infoporn below.

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Today's one-ton Ram Heavy Duty 3500 has a gross combined weight rating (GCWR is the maximum allowable weight for a pickup pulling a trailer, including cargo and passengers, that the truck can handle without risking damage) of 24,500 pounds, though that number is going to be bumped to 25,400 pounds when a new Max Tow Package option becomes available, according to Chrysler.

Coincidentally, the maximum payload that the Delta IV Heavy, set to become the largest rocket ever launched from the West Coast of the U.S. on Thursday afternoon, can lift to geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles above Earth is 28,650 pounds, just 3,250 pounds more than the Ram 3500's GCWR. So, if you ever had a need (and the money!) to put your truck, trailer and payload into space, the Delta IV Heavy would be just the ticket.


The GCWR for the Delta IV, by the way, is 1.71 million lbs.

[via PickupTrucks]

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Wow.... $118 to fill up the tank on the Dodge Ram? No thanks.