You should never judge a book by its cover. Take this Camburg Engineering Kinetic 6100 truck as an example. Sure, a flashy metallic paint job on top of a precisely molded fiberglass truck body would make you want to drool, but what about what’s underneath that body? What about all the hours of intensive hard-working labor put into every bend, notch, and weld? It’s out of sight, and out of mind. You get caught up in the outside appearance and forget that true beauty is on the inside. That’s why Camburg Engineering decided to go full nude on this 6100 photo shoot.
“We wanted to show off what we are building,” explained Jerry Zaiden when asked about this unique concept photo shoot. “We’re not hiding a mediocre truck with some fancy paint and fiberglass. We’re trying to build a real high-end truck. So, we just wanted to show it off.” By stripping the truck of its outside shell, you get to see the bare bones of it all—something not too often seen by our readers.
As for the truck itself, Camburg Engineering introduced its brand of high-end, CAD designed and developed race vehicles known as Kinetic back in 2009 at the Baja 1000. As we all know, the Baja 1000 is the ultimate testing ground for race vehicles. Fortunately, Camburg finished the race and demonstrated their Kinetic trucks can withstand the punishment of such a monumental race.
Every detail that goes into a Kinetic truck is not an afterthought. Careful consideration went into every feature of this 6100 truck, and it shows. Every part you see on this machine is something you would notice on a Trophy Truck—minus the spec engine—making it a 6100 truck. Camburg set out to build a competitive race truck, and we believe they have done so with Kinetic.
With the absence of the Kinetic 6100 exterior, you get a clear view of the truck’s bare bones. Everything was drawn out in a CAD program before the crew over at Camburg Engineering went and pieced the puzzle together. If you think this piece of high-end machinery looks like a Trophy Truck, you would be correct. The only thing that’s keeping this a 6100 truck is the spec LS3 engine.
Up front, Camburg Engineering designed and developed a set of Kinetic center-mounted A-arms, which gives the truck 24 inches of front wheel travel. Controlling all of that movement is a set of Fox 4.0 five-tube piggyback bypasses and 2.5 remote reservoir coilovers. Hidden behind the Generals are Jamar 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers, all of which are attached to Camburg hubs.
The only thing keeping this 6100 truck from being a full-blown Trophy Truck is the spec GM LS3 V-8 engine. Per Best in the Desert regulations, all engines must be sealed and tagged by Turnkey Engine Supply, thus creating somewhat of a level playing field. So, to help distribute all the power from the 440-horsepower LS3 engine, Camburg decided to go with a Rancho TH400 three-speed transmission.
In the rear, a Kinetic four-link allows the driver to tackle the toughest desert terrain with 32 inches of rear wheel travel. To keep that rear end under control, an arsenal of Fox components was used: 4.0 five-tube piggyback bypasses, 2.5 remote reservoir coilovers, and hydraulic bumpstops. Camburg also utilized its own heat-treated Trophy-Truck Race Series rear end and hubs.
One of the first things you’ll notice as you take a look into the cab of this Kinetic 6100 is all of the carbon fiber that was used. Not only is the carbon-fiber dash light in weight, it also looks pretty trick. Another cool addition found in the interior is the MoTec C125 digital displays, which are full color. A Lowrance HDS8 GPS system keeps the crew on course, while a radio system from Rugged keeps everyone communicating freely.
Vehicle Camburg Engineering Kinetic 6100
Owner Camburg Engineering
Builder Camburg Engineering
Significance Camburg’s brand of high-end race trucks