Feeds

Plucky Finn attempts to drive length of Finland in small digger

Epic 2½-mph quest electrifies Scandinavia

High performance access to file storage

Full tech specs on the digger plus live on-bucket vid feed

For the digger enthusiasts out there - and it seems likely that there are plenty of you - here are full details on Mutanen's trusty mount.

It is an SWE17B manufactured by Hunan Sunward Intelligent Machinery Company Ltd of the Changsha Economic and Technological Development Zone in China. It runs on rubber tracks, has standard bucket capacity of 40 litres and "bucket digging force" of 13.1 kiloNewtons. The SWE17B is powered by a Yanmar 3TNV70-SSU diesel able to develop a maximum output of just over 13 horsepower at 2200 rpm.

Mr Mutanen normally works with Sunward's Finnish distributor, and the two firms have generously supported his record-breaking attempt by providing the digger and maintenance support during the trip. They are also "donating a certain amount of money to domestic charity institutions to thank for the supports and kindly attention received from society".

Mutanen's epic digger-borne quest has fired the imagination of his fellow Finns, with more than 87,000 indicating their support and approval on Facebook as of publication.

The plucky Finn has also transformed his chugging SWE17B into a mobile consumer-tech data node with support from various other sponsors. You can track his progress in near real time via Google map at his website; and of course a live streaming camera feed from the vehicle is also available:

This caper will certainly put the British adventurers who last year set out for Timbuctoo* in a flying car firmly in their place. ®

*Insert alternative spelling of your choice.

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN
Reg reader snaps shot of touching tribute to Apple icon
Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys
Little men straddle LOHAN, attend tiny G20 Summit... ah, sweet memories...
Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL
Bank: 'We are now safely patched.' Customers: 'You were using OpenSSL?'
Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest
New minifigs like Monster Fighters are turning kids to the dark side
Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine
Only I can 'make an empire out of a republic' intones presidential candidate
Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air
Citizens line up for bags of that sweet, sweet mountain air
Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'
Mountain View is prankin' like it's 1999...
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.