Created By: nizzemancer on February 29, 2012 Last Edited By: ElCheViva on March 19, 2015

F1 Forklift

My 18 wheeler outruns your Ferrari.

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When a villain needs to kill the heroes, they hijack an 18-wheeler, forklift, mobile crane, dumptruck or other large and sturdy vehicle and despite the fact that their vehicle's max speed should be around half that of a normal car, they catch up to the faster car the heroes are driving and start to ram it. This is usually followed by a dramatic getaway where the heavier vehicle is destroyed or rendered unable to proceed in order for the heroes to escape when all they would have had to do was push the throttle down.



  • Terminator 3 - The terminatrix can catch up to a normal car while driving a mobile crane, despite its real max speed being substantially lower than half that of a normal car.
    • This happens in Terminator 2, near the start of the movie when the T-1000 chases a motorcycle in a semi tow truck.
  • The Dark Knight - the Joker chases a prison wagon in a semi truck, and while this might not matter (they are both very heavy vehicles) 18 wheelers DO NOT just take corners like that.
  • Bad Boys 2 - One of the rastafarian gangsters chase down Marcus sisters SUV in a large truck loaded with cars, granted the traffic is probably not advantageous but that counts for both of them.

Live-Action Television

  • Airwolf - While not heavier or slower inside it's own canon, In at least one episode the helicopter Airwolf flies faster than fighter jets wich normally would fly several times a helicopters maximum speed.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • June 27, 2012
    Good trope. You need to format your examples list better though... Take a look at some of the other YKTT Ws for comparison.
  • June 27, 2012
    I added a few examples and formatted your YKTTW
  • June 27, 2012
    For a name...

    Surprisingly Fast Truck

    18 Wheels of Speed

    Humongous Speedster
  • June 27, 2012
    I touched up the spelling and grammar in the description slightly.
  • June 28, 2012
    When facing down an 18-wheeler like that, the heroes are probably likely to take advantage of its poor maneuverability.
  • June 28, 2012
    In-universe, the Millenium Falcon is supposed to be a light freighter whose engines have been modified to push its unloaded mass very quickly instead of a heavy mass at modest speed.

  • June 29, 2012
    What does the current title "F1 Forklift" mean?
  • June 29, 2012
    ^ A large unwieldy vehicle like a forklift truck being able to race like an F1 racing car.
  • July 1, 2012
    How about Formula One Forklift to make it easier for people to get the reference?
  • July 3, 2012
    ^ Makes the title alliterative as well. I approve.
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  • March 19, 2015
    Warhammer 40 K: Ork vehicles are capable of surprising bursts of speed, considering their mere existence is an insult to the laws of engineering. In Dawn Of War, the ork wartrukk is able to temporarily outrun hovertanks.