Full Metal Challenge

Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 24, 2002 on TLC
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Teams: Snow Diggers vs. Battle Bodgers vs. Autobahn Boys
Games: Ten Pin, Bumper Cars, Wetropolis, Sumo

Weighing 3 tons, powered by a 220-bhp engine and with a top speed of 70 mph, the Snow Diggers' Steel Survivor sure kicked butt in Ten Pin. "I'll be very disappointed if we don't make it to Sumo — Steel Survivor isn't suited to the first three rounds," said Snow Digger Jonathan. This man had high hopes.
Before burning in the Chimney of Doom, the Battle Bodgers' Pure Adrenaline was a converted dump truck boasting 300 bhp, 2.2 tons and solid steel guards. "Having seen the opposition, we're a tad anxious and beginning to regret spending only 14 days on the build," said team member Acker before the race. Another British dream that starts and ends with a dump truck ... Seen this somewhere before?
The Snow Diggers achieved their wish and advanced through to Sumo, going fender to fender with the Autobahn Boys. The Germans' Mad Max-inspired Humungus only weighed 3,946 pounds, but with a 7.5-liter Corvette engine (350 bhp), a top speed of 110 mph and an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in six seconds anything could happen. The engine was so massive they had to cull a radiator from a 40-ton truck. But could they control their "Humungus" beast? "We had to tinker with the steering after the pre-race testing," said team member Udo. "The power of the engine destabilizes the vehicle when accelerating or decelerating." He should know, he specializes in drag-racing engine transmission and previously worked as a consultant in electronic adjustment and data logging in Formula 3.
In Sumo, the German Humungus had a lucky break when one of Steel Survivor's tracks slipped off. Thanks to snappy driving, the track miraculously slipped back on. The Autobahn Boys gave up ASAP. It looked like Steel Survivor was going to mash their Schumacher. Vive le Québec!moreless

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