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Posted in Features on September 6, 2013 Comment (0)
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Author: Jordan Powell Photos: Boyd Jaynes

Talent and skill can only take you so far. For Steven Eugenio, the 2012 season proved to be a roller coaster ride filled with plenty of ups and downs. While most drivers in Class 1 had the skills and the budget for top-of-the-line equipment, Eugenio was often trying to make a dollar out of a dime. Nevertheless, the young driver still managed to throw down some wins in the SCORE and HDRA series, but in the back of his mind he was always questioning what he could do with some better equipment. The late nights of thinking about what could be played needless mind games with Eugenio. Steven’s father-in-law, Fidel Galindo, saw the talent he possessed, as well as his struggle, and decided to help out his daughter’s husband. “We ended up buying a mid-engine truck, but after having a bunch of bad luck with it, my father-in-law—who is our main sponsor—knew that I needed something better. He was always pretty confident in my driving skills, but unknown to me, he had plans of getting a Trophy-Truck from ID Designs. So, on the way home from work one day he said, ‘Hey, I just want to say hi to Dave (Perrault, owner of ID Designs) real quick.’ Being that ID Designs was on the way home from work, I didn’t think anything of it, but after a few minutes of being inside their shop, my father-in-law asked Dave if he could build us one. I thought he was joking because it went down just like that (laughs),” said Eugenio. Well, luckily for Steven, it wasn’t a joke, and the crew over at ID Designs feverishly went to work on the #7 Trophy-Truck. Four months later, Galindo Motorsports was the proud new owner of the desert monster. With a laundry list of accomplishments, ID Designs has given Eugenio that boost of confidence that he needed to take his career to the next level. “I feel like I shouldn’t have anymore excuses because I have one of the best Trophy-Trucks out there right now. That has given me a huge boost of confidence because I no longer have to worry about what’s on my competitor’s truck, and I don’t have to cross my fingers hoping that I make it to the finish line without things breaking. However, it’s a huge learning curve coming out of a buggy, so there are some things that I have to work on,” admitted Eugenio. Even with the steep learning curve that Eugenio mentioned he would have to get used to, the Galindo Motorsports crew took their Trophy-Truck out to the 2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 500 only two short days after our shoot, and brought home an impressive sixth-place finish. “I think we proved at the Baja 500 that we’re right there with the competition. We went in there with only 30 miles of testing under our belt, so we couldn’t have asked for anything better.” So, what’s it like to have your father-in-law as your main sponsor and owner of your Trophy-Truck? We were wondering the same thing, and Eugenio laughingly replied, “He’s just there to drink beer and have a good time with the rest of our team. He actually didn’t know anything about desert racing until I introduced it to him back in 2010. Once we got a little Class 12 car going, he was hooked!”

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When Fidel Galindo and Steven Eugenio purchased their ID Designs Trophy-Truck, they were presented with four different engine builders. After Galindo and Eugenio talked with the different parties, they decided to go with a Kroyer Racing engine to power their machine. The 455 cubic-inch Chevrolet small-block V8 cranks out an amazing 785 horsepower and 695 lb-ft of earth-moving torque. With Kroyer offering the total powertrain package, a GearWorks TH400 three-speed automatic was installed to deliver the power to the wheels.

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Although the truck is similar to their older models, the front suspension underwent a substantial change for 2013. By playing around with the suspension geometry, ID Designs was able to acquire an additional inch and a half of wheel travel, bumping the total to 24 inches. ID also managed to squeeze in eight more degrees of steering angle, which produces a tighter steering radius. Completing the package is a set of King 4.5 five-tube, remote reservoir 14-inch stroke bypass and 4.0 remote reservoir 14-inch stroke coilover shocks. Mounted to the meticulously crafted ID-designed spindles are ID Design hubs and Brembo 355mm rotors with six-piston calipers.

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While the front suspension went through some major refinements, the rear suspension is the same as years past. The proven ID Designs four-link is able to tackle almost any obstacle with its massive 32 inches of wheel travel. Making sure the tires are dancing smoothly across the desert terrain are a set of King 4.5 seven-tube, piggyback reservoir 18-inch stroke bypass and 3.0 remote reservoir 16-inch stroke coilover shocks. ID Design hubs and Brembo 355mm rotors with six-piston calipers mount up to ID-designed rear axle housing. Inside is a spool, GearWorks 5.29 gears and a 36-spline 300M axle shafts.

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ID Designs is a huge advocate for weight-saving, which is why they opted for the minimalist upper A-arm design. By lowering the unsprung weight, they are able to increase performance.

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Inside the cab, MoTec ADL3 with data logging and CDLD3 digital displays, and a Lowrance HDS10 fit within a precisely designed, handcrafted ID aluminum dash. Sitting in the comforts of Eugenio’s hands are a Momo steering wheel and Winters standard shifter. Keeping the crew communicating freely is a Kenwood TK-7180 by Palomar Communications, while Eugenio and his co-pilot sit snuggly in their MasterCraft Safety seats and harnesses.

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Hiding this metal masterpiece is bodywork designed by Mike McQueen at McQueen Prototypes. Brian Collins and Bobby Baldwin own the mold for this body, but ID has future plans to make all their own bodywork. Full of fuel and ready to race, the ID Designs Trophy-Truck weighs in at 5,650 lbs.

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Though the truck is outfitted with a set of 39-inch BF Goodrich Baja T/A tires, it’s clearanced for 42s. However, testing for that won’t happen until the summer. Also, a major advantage to ID Designs is that they are able to manufacturer everything in house. By only going to an additional party for the axle shafts, third member, powertrain and the shocks, they are able to control the quality and delivery time of their projects.

POWERTRAIN Engine: Chevrolet 455 cubic-inch small-block

BUILDER: Kroyer Racing Engines MAX Horsepower: 785 horsepower MAX Torque: 695 lb-ft

MODIFICATIONS Kroyer Racing Engines block and internals INDUCTION: Fuel injected, four-barrel throttle body managed by a Motec 880 ECU TRANSMISSION: GearWorks TH400

SUSPENSION Front: ID Designs-designed dual A-arms with 24 inches of wheel travel, King 4.5 five-tube bypass and 3.0 coilovers, ID Design hubs REAR: ID Designs four-link with 32 inches of wheel travel, King 4.5 seven-tube bypass and 3.0 coilovers,ID Design hubs COOLING: Ron Davis radiator, EFE and C&R heat exchangers, Setrab coolers WIRING: James Lin BRAKES: Front:Brembo six-piston calipers, 355mm rotors Rear:Brembo six-piston calipers, 355mm rotors WHEELS/TIRES WHEELS: Method Race Wheels 17x9 beadlocks TIRES: 39X13.50R17 BF Goodrich Baja T/A

BODYWORK: Chevrolet Silverado designed by McQueen Prototypes

GRAPHICS: Straight Edge Custom Painting

INTERIOR: ID Designs aluminum dash, MoTec digital display, Kenwood race radio and intercom, Lowrance GPS unit, Momo steering wheel, MasterCraft Safety seats and harnesses CHASSIS: ID Designs Trophy-Truck DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 125 inches Overall Length: 208 inches Overall Height: 76 inches Track Width: 90 inches Overall Weight: 5,650 lbs.

One of the most badass features of this truck is the MoTec PDM (Power Distribution Module), which was wired together by the electrical guru, James Lin. What it basically does is take place of the old switches and breakers. So, with the PDM in conjunction with the keypad that’s on top of the box, you’ve now eliminated all your breakers and switches, and tidied up your electrical system.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Method Race Wheels King Shocks ID Designs Kroyer Racing Engines Motec Brembo

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