World’s Toughest Trucker

From transporting cattle through the desolate, sun-baked roads of the Australian Outback to carrying fragile loads through the icy, treacherous Indian Himalayas, eight of the world’s most experienced truck drivers go head-to-head in some of the harshest environments on Earth in WORLD’S TOUGHEST TRUCKER premiering Monday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel.

Each episode in the eight-part series follows a journey/challenge lasting three days, where contestants face unusual cargo, massive rigs, lethal roads, and each other. Along the way, the weak and slow face penalties and elimination. Ultimately, only one driver will walk away with the US$150,000 prize and the title: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TRUCKER.

WORLD’S TOUGHEST TRUCKER contestants hail from around the world including the United States, England, Scotland, Australia, Sri Lanka – and there’s even a Canadian trucker in the mix! All the drivers come with vast experience but, like athletes in specific sports, each driver brings a particular skill set to the competition. They also bring their share of personal quirks and trademarks. There’s Canadian trucker “Ice Man” Derek Martin, cool under pressure and used to this country’s slick and steep roads; the wild and wily Alabaman, “Rookie,” whose mouth can run faster than his rig; and the explosive Aussie loner Rodney Johnson, who always seems to find teamwork to be the toughest part of the assignment.  

 

WORLD’S TOUGHEST TRUCKER locations, challenges and vehicles include:

 

WORLD’S TOUGHEST TRUCKERS: Episode 1 – “Australia”

Monday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

The Challenge:  Truckers must transport wild cattle from one cattle station to another across the rugged Australian Outback to new pastures further south        .          

Landscape/Climate:  Semi-tropical, hot and dry.

Distance: 775 kilometres.

Type of Truck: Huge Kenworth Prime movers. 

What Lies Ahead: Unsealed roads with corrugations, dust bowls, water crossings, heat and dust, flat tires, suspension damage, trucks overheating, water and food, fuel running out, open river crossings, loading and unloading cattle, watering the animals.                                                                                                   

WORLD’S TOUGHEST TRUCKERS: Episode 2 – “Australia”

Monday, April 23 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT          

The Challenge: Transport oversized, overweight sections of medical centre to Aboriginal community.

Landscape/Climate: Outback desert, hot and dry.

Distance: 725 kilometres.

Type of Truck: Mack Trident.  6×4’s hauling an over-dimensional tri-axle drop deck house low loader.

What Lies Ahead: Unsealed roads with corrugations, heat and dust, flat tires, suspension damage, trucks overheating, water, and food.                                                                                                                                                                   

WORLD’S TOUGHEST TRUCKERS: Episode 3 – “Brazil”

Monday, April 30 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

The Challenge: Transport concrete pipes.

Landscape/Climate: Humid rain forest, dusty roads.   

Distance: 500 kilometres.

Type of Truck: Vintage Mercedes trucks.

What Lies Ahead: Deep potholes, unstable bridges, mud and swamp, ferry crossings, wild animals.                                                                                                                                                              

WORLD’S TOUGHEST TRUCKERS: Episode 4 – “Brazil”

Monday, May 7 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

The Challenge: Transport general supplies for a remote community and boats to another fishing village.

Landscape/Climate: Humid rain forest, dusty roads.   

Distance: 645 kilometres.

Type of Truck: Modern trucks.      

What Lies Ahead: Corrugations, deep potholes, narrow roads, forest fires, long ferry crossings, lack of visibility.                    

 

WORLD’S TOUGHEST TRUCKERS: Episode 5 – “Canada”

Monday, May 14 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

The Challenge: Log hauling.                    

Landscape/Climate: Muddy forest, steep slopes, mountains, cloudy and showers.

Distance: 160 kilometres (30-60km per day).     

Type of Truck: 475 horsepower 15 litre Diesel Kenwood W900.        

What Lies Ahead: Loads weigh 36 tons, slopes with over 30% gradients, switchback turns, mud and water on unsealed roads, oncoming trucks, loading and unloading logs, realigning their load.                                                                                                                                    

The competition continues with challenges in Mongolia and India before crowning the WORLD’S TOUGHEST TRUCKER.