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The Tanker is a large tanker truck that has appeared in Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto: London 1969, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

Design

2D Universe

The Tanker in Grand Theft Auto bears a resemblance to a Bedford S-Type tanker. It is designed as a foir-axle straight truck with a cab-over design and a tanker load, as well as a twin-steer mechanism. It has a painted cab and what look like warning signs on either side of the tanker.

The Tanker in Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 is designed as a generic British lorry of the 1960s. It bears a logo that resembles the badge of British Petroleum.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Tanker appears with a semi-cab design, loosely based on a Mack R series, with elements from the Ford L9000 and the International Paystar incorporated into it.

The front of the truck is distinguished by its large heavy-duty front bumper consisting of dual horizontal bars and six vertical frames between, as well as a silver finish on the end of the hood/nose and part of the front fenders. The same hood/nose houses a square grille with six horizontal elements and a small compartment on the upper area, while the front fenders house square headlights on the front and small turn signals on top. An air cleaner can be seen on the passenger side, while a split windshield with wipers can be seen on the front of the cab.

On the sides, the bottom area features large access steps and large fuel tanks, while the cab features small mirrors on the doors, a single trumpet horn on the roof, long exhaust stacks and the extended driver's cab quarter, with various compartments and what looks like protective panels on the rear quarters, presumably to protect the cab from the trailer when turning too sharp.

The rear section mostly consists of the main chassis with a set of trailer cables above, the circular tail light units and the small mudflaps with warning stickers above. While its name suggests that it is intended to attach a tanker trailer, the player can attach any of the large trailers available in the game.

The truck spawns in a variety of primary colors applied to the body.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Like the GTA San Andreas rendition, the Tanker in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is designed as a conventional cab semi-trailer truck, but it is only available with a permanently attached tanker trailer.

Version History Gallery

Performance

2D Universe

Surprisingly, the Tanker in the first Grand Theft Auto has the highest top speed - if driven on a straight road for long enough, it will keep picking up momentum – much like the Bus and Coach.

The Tanker is also one of the most durable vehicles in the game, being able to withstand a lot of damage. Despite it being a large truck, the Tank is able to drive over it.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

As evidenced by the game's internal files, it is clearly shown that the Tanker in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the slowest of all three but it has better acceleration than the Linerunner. During gameplay, however, the truck performs better than the Linerunner, with an unusually higher top speed, as well as superior acceleration and hill-climbing power. Its lower body height also makes it less vulnerable to rollovers than the Linerunner.

The Tanker is powered by a large diesel engine, which is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox and powers the rear wheels. It uses a loud diesel engine sound shared with the Linerunner and the Roadtrain.

GTA San Andreas Overview


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 75 / 120 5 Diesel RWD 3800 / 8378
Observed
N/A N/A 5 N/A RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the Tanker's lengthy size and large weight make the vehicle less than suitable for intensive driving, faring poorly in top speed and acceleration, as well as having a poor cornering ability (often requiring a large turning radius) and braking. If the trailer is set on fire, it will blow up dramatically, usually killing the player and harming anyone else near the vehicle. Also, during the mission Trail Blazer, the Tanker is shot at whilst the player is driving and starts to leak fuel; this fuel starts to set on fire behind the player and, if they do not pick up enough speed, the flames will reach the trailer and the truck will explode. This can be re-enacted outside of the mission as well.

Gallery

Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto

  • During the mission Gangsta Bang - Phone 3, the protagonist has to take a tanker full of explosives to the police station, and blow it up, killing the new police chief, who wants a bigger cut.
  • In the vehicle mission Gangsta Bang - Tanker, the player is tasked to drop the truck (fitted with explosives) off at the pool hall in central Kings.
  • In the mission Mandarin Mayhem - Phone 7: Mission 1, the protagonist has to take an explosives rigged Tanker from the munitions depot to a bridge, and demolish it.
  • During the mission Tequila Slammer - Phone 4: Mission 1, El Burro informs the protagonist about a Tanker full of "unusual chemicals" has come into town, and he wants to know what they are. The protagonist must intercept the truck and then take it to a Respray Shop before driving it to El Burro's warehouse.
  • In the mission Bent Cop Blues - Phone 4, the player must destroy a Tanker, around which a major drug deal is taking place.
  • During the mission Bent Cop Blues - Phone 12, the protagonist has to steal a Tanker from a guarded compound, and use it to blow up a crackhouse of the Rastas.
  • In the mission Rasta Blasta - Phone 15, the player is tasked to intercept and destroy a Tanker, then pick up an identical one, have it loaded up, and take it to a garage of the Rastas. After this, the protagonist has to pick up another Tanker, have it fitted with explosives, and blow it up at a building.

Grand Theft Auto: London 1969

  • Chelsea Smile - Tanker - The protagonist will be told to take the truck (which is rigged with explosives) to the intersection in southwest City, while avoiding the police.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Locations

Grand Theft Auto

  • Found in the three main cities.

Grand Theft Auto: London 1969

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Trivia

General

  • The default radio station for the Tanker are:

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • On the PS2 Version, the rear of the Tanker seems slightly more detailed than the Linerunner.
  • Like most trucks, large trailers and the Yosemite, the Tanker in console versions is depicted with dual rear wheels.

See Also

References

  1. Rockstargames.com/GTA - "The Liberty City Garage":
    PromotionalWebsite-GTA1-TheLibertyCityGarage-ExplosivesTruck.png
  2. Rockstargames.com/GTA - "The Vice City Garage":
    PromotionalWebsite-GTA1-TheViceCityGarage-HiExplosiveTruck.png


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