Watch: Crazy Emergency Braking With A Leopard Tank In The Netherlands

Finally a change from the standard team building exercises, nobody will fall backward and trust to other team members will catch them in this video! In the Dutch Army teambuilding was done differently, they gather in the middle of the road where a Leopard 2 Tank comes barreling down at full speed.

Standing with their back to the tank the idea is not to flinch and hope that the 68-ton tank stops in time.

About the Leopard 2 Tank

This tank has a diesel engine (MTU MB 873), and this provides a whopping 1,500PS of output. The engine itself is 12 cylinders, liquid-cooled, turbo-charged and is a four-stroke, 47.6-liter engine. The fuel consumption on this beast is approximately 500 liters per kilometer across country and 300 liters per kilometer on normal roads.

It has a propulsion pack, and this means the Leopard 2 can reach a maximum of 68 km/h on normal roads – it is restricted by law to 50 km/h in times of peace. This propulsion pack is able to be charged in just 35 minutes whilst out in the field.

The Leopard 2 can also go through bodies of water, up to a depth of 13 feet (it uses a snorkel to do so) and can climb obstacles that are vertical at one meter high and more.

The German Army has prioritized mobility in its Leopard 2, which may be considered the fastest Main Battle Tank in existence. It also comes with very good brakes, as these students can testify!

Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.