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Belarusian Tractor Company Shows Off A ‘Formula 1’ Car Made Out Of Tractor Parts And It’s Fantastic

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I realize that our coverage of Serbian agricultural exhibitions has been, at best, limited. I’m not proud of this, but to make up for it, I’d like to show you something displayed at a recent agricultural equipment expo in Serbia, what may or may not be a running prototype from the Minsk Tractor Factory in Belarus, something that they’re calling the MTZ 50 Formula 1 tractor. Yes, it looks like someone typed “formula 1 car but it’s a tractor” into some AI image generator, only this is a thing that exists in our reality, alongside dryer sheets and your cousins.

There’s a video floating around online that seems to be Belarusian dictator Alexander Loukachenko claiming he drove it at nearly 200 mph:

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I’m not so sure I believe him. This F1 Tractor is a very-well executed joke, but I’m just about sure there’s no way in hell that old dictator drove it at 198 mph, on tractor tires. Yes, I’m calling bullshit on a dictator. What I don’t know is if this was all supposed to be part of the joke? Or was he really trying to claim it as true? It’s got to be part of the joke, right?

As a joke, I have to hand it to the MTZ factory, because they executed this really well, a perfect meshing of tractor visual vocabulary re-worked into the forms and shapes and proportions of an F1 car.

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All of the components seem to be pulled right from or at least adapted from the actual tractor parts, and I especially like the details of keeping the front “face” with the rectangular headlamps, the big side steps, the vertical exhaust stacks, and the tractor wheels and tires.

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For reference, here is the stock MTZ 30 the F1 tractor is based on, so you can understand the design lineage:

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I also like how it appears to have some sort of agricultural hardware mounted on the back, which if I knew more about farming I suppose I could identify:

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Imagine how much sorghum you could plant with this baby!

That photo above was taken in 2019, when it was first shown at Belagro 2019, an agricultural trade show. I’m not exactly sure why it’s trending now, but it sure seems to be.

It’s a good joke, and MTZ should absolutely trot it out more often to get some mileage out of it. I’d love to know if Loukachenko is actually in on the gag, or is just making shit up to get political clout? I’m not well versed enough is the politics of that region to know what’s actually possible or not, but I can still appreciate the goofball absurdity of this F1 tractor, dammit.

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Scott
Scott
10 months ago

Alexander Loukachenko is just taking a page from his pal Putin’s playbook: outlandish boasts about his personal prowess that he somehow believes no one will dispute. Sort of like Trump’s ‘very stable genius’ thing.

I agree: the tractor-based F1 car is kind of awesome. 🙂

NosrednaNod
NosrednaNod
11 months ago

Why isn’t the engine in the back?

James Mason
James Mason
11 months ago

It’s time to till the field: https://youtu.be/kDx8fM5rDNw

Scott
Scott
10 months ago
Reply to  James Mason

Oh! I had no idea that there was such a thing. Thanks Skwimjim! 🙂

This is so much more appealing than tractor/truck pulls, etc… because they could, in theory, be doing actual productive work during the competition. I mean: it’s probably held in some field someplace and no seeds will ever be sown there, but they could hold the race IN some farmer’s ACTUAL field so that he/she could make use of the work for realzies. 🙂

SuperNova
SuperNova
11 months ago

Anybody notice the kid’s face behind the wheel? Worth the cost of the build.

Tom Herman
Tom Herman
11 months ago

Thanks a lot, Jason. Now I’m getting ads for tractors.

SLM
SLM
11 months ago

I wouldn’t trust anything from a french speaking person named Rebecca Rambar…
Nerver heard of Carambar and their famous jokes ?

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
11 months ago

“I’m not so sure I believe him. This F1 Tractor is a very-well executed joke, but I’m just about sure there’s no way in hell that old dictator drove it at 198 mph, on tractor tires. Yes, I’m calling bullshit on a dictator. What I don’t know is if this was all supposed to be part of the joke? Or was he really trying to claim it as true? It’s got to be part of the joke, right”

Maybe not. A Scandinavian mile is 10km. Belarusians may have their own kind of “mile”.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavian_mile

Ian Case
Ian Case
11 months ago

Franz Tost franticly calling to see if they can buy parts for this years Alpha Tauri.

Austin Vail
Austin Vail
11 months ago

Holy crap, that thing I made out of Lego as a kid is now real…

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