Trophy Trucks

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  • Topic: Baja 1000, Off-road racing, Off-roading
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Trophy Trucks are the fastest class of off-road racing vehicles which are designed and built to resemble modern pickup trucks. Although any truck that meets the safety standards can race the trophy truck class, they, for the most part, feature long travel suspensions and high power engines. They are intended for desert racing, and are not street legal. Trophy Trucks can reach speeds in excess of 135 miles per hour even over rough terrain. This puts them among the fastest off-road vehicles in the world. The trucks are most frequently associated with the Baja 1000 race, series that have featured trophy trucks including SCORE International, and Best In The Desert or BITD, in which they are referred to as "Trick Trucks".

Trophy trucks are most often 2-wheel drive, and most feature a 4130 chrome-moly tube-frame chassis covered by a fiberglass body sides replicating a stock truck of some sort. Engines are required to be naturally-aspirated, and are typically V8s generating in excess of 700+ hp. They are also required to be of the same manufacturer as the body of the truck (Chevy truck = Chevy motor). Suspension travel can exceed 30 inches (760 mm) depending on chassis design. Most Trophy trucks use independent A-arm suspensions up front. In the rear, most trucks use a 3 or 4-link setup with a solid axle, while some use various types of independent suspension. Suspension and damping duties are handled by 1 or 2 shock absorbers per wheel; usually consisting of one coil-over and one by-pass shock. These shocks are either FOX or KING which are the two companies that dominate the professional off-road market.

The pure technology that these trucks have in them are the main reason that the price tag for one of these beasts runs around $200,000 on average, depending on some variable parts.
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