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Voodoo Mud Race Truck

Posted in Features on February 7, 2014 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Ricky B. Wilson

The word Voodoo comes from vodun, the Dahomean spirit, which means an invisible mysterious force that can intervene in human affairs. The focus of voodoo today is to influence the outcome of life events through a connection with nature, spirits, and ancestors. Voodoo is often a dramatic device of modern horror and action-adventure movies, or in this case one of the most sinister-looking off-road rigs we have seen competing in the highest ranks of the Mega Truck Bad Boys racing circuit. Duane and Chris Schubert of VooDoo Fabrication in Bunnell, Florida, just may have the secret to beating some of the fastest mud racers from all over the country. The ability to determine the outcome of any situation would be nice, but I will take my chances with a massive motor and the pedal to the floor.

It’s fun to think that Duane has some amazing ability to use a little magic to win, but in reality it just comes down to hours and hours of designing and fabrication. VooDoo is no different. The ’12 Chevy Colorado was completely built beginning to end in three months—yes, three months! Clearly VooDoo Fabrication is passionate about its builds. Sure, it cost around $60,000 to build, but that is beside the point.

Starting with the brand-new 555ci GM Merlin Superblock, Rob Lizzy of Central Florida Machine & Speed in Winter Garden machined the bottom end of the block, while Raabe Racing in Ormond Beach, Florida, took care of the top end. The block was then balanced and blueprinted before Pro Comp H-beam connecting rods were added along with J&E nitrous pistons, Hellfire rings, and a Howards roller camshaft. A Dart Pro 1 Championship Head was then bolted on along with Edelbrock intake manifolds, MSD ignition, and VooDoo Fabrication headers, giving the alcohol-fueled motor the ability to produce 1,000 hp without nitrous and around 1,200 hp when the driver, Chris Schubert, hits the switch.

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Greg Samuel from FTI Competition Converters and Transmissions in Deland, Florida, modified the custom-built Powerglide transmission by adding a JW Transmissions Ultra Bell, an FTI torque converter, a Razin Kane transmission cooler, and a Magnum Pro Stick B&M shifter. The transfer case was built by Cyclone Gearboxes out of Pierson, Florida. The custom-built transfer case is a one-off prototype of VooDoo’s new massive off-road unit designed for hardcore mud rigs. Voodoo designed and built the completely custom tube-bent chassis, giving it a 130-inch wheelbase. Suspension Spring Specialists provided the frLink text....ont and rear springs, while Big Shocks built Duane a set of one-off Bonzi shocks based on the specs provided. After adding a triangulated four-link, the crew chose 2 1/2-ton Rockwell axles to hold custom wheels built right here at VooDoo Fabrication. To dig out of the deepest mud pit imaginable, 14.4x24 Pirelli tractor tires were added and cut for extra traction.

Chris and Duane both designed and painted the lightning light fiberglass race body, added some killer graphics, and then loaded it up on the trailer and headed out to the races. The team at VooDoo Fabrication would like to thank all the people who helped build this monster in such a short time. A special thanks to all the members in their club, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Be sure to check them out at the next Mega Truck Bad Boys race in your town. Just be careful—the VooDoo spirits just may be watching you.

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