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March 2011 RPM: Off-Road Truck News

Rod Hall Racing Rally Truck
Sean P. Holman | Writer
Posted March 1, 2011

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Rod Hall Racing Rally Truck Makes Debut
Our friends at Rod Hall Racing debuted their new rally truck at the 2010 Tecate Score Baja 1000. The rally truck, which looks similar to a Trophy Truck, was designed to be smaller and lighter in order to compete internationally in rally races, but also has a feature no other Trophy Truck has: four-wheel drive. The truck, built by Samco Fabrication out of Nevada, uses a 600hp L92 GM small-block and Fox Racing shocks. After completing the grueling 1,061-mile Baja 1000 shakedown in 32 hours, 51 minutes and without any race-ending problems, the team says that the truck is very close to being competitive. In addition to running in the Baja 1000, the Hall rally truck is scheduled to compete in the 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and the Australasian Safari Rally. We'll have a feature on this truck in a future issue of Four Wheeler. For more information, log onto www.rodhallracing.com.

King Expands Distribution
King Shocks has announced that its line of shocks will now be sold through 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers, 4WD.com and Transamerican Wholesale. King Shocks built a solid reputation manufacturing state of the art custom shock absorbers for top off-road racers. They've taken all the quality construction and race bred technology from their race shocks and packaged it into vehicle specific, bolt-on OEM and UTV applications. You can order online, over the phone, or through one of over 60 4 Wheel Parts retail performance centers nationwide. From Trophy Truck to your truck, King Shocks are the highest quality and best performing shocks available.

Torture-Tested EcoBoost
Anyone concerned about the durability of Ford's new EcoBoost twin turbo V-6 can rest a little easier after the results Ford's hellacious durability campaign. A 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost race truck with the torture-tested "hero" engine finished one of the most grueling desert endurance races in the world in 38 hours, 20 minutes. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine used to power the race truck was randomly selected off the line from the Cleveland Engine Plant to be put through a series of rugged exercises to test its long-term durability. It was installed in a 2011 F-150 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, then traveled to Oregon, where it worked as a log skidder. Next, the truck towed 11,300 pounds at high speeds around a NASCAR track in Florida before towing up steep grades in Arizona against competitive trucks. The EcoBoost engine entered the race with the equivalent of 10 years' worth of rugged use, and the Baja 1000 represented the culmination of the F-150 EcoBoost torture test program. The engine that powered the race truck goes next to Ford's powertrain laboratory for a teardown and inspection.

Falken Returns to JK Experience
Falken Tire has announced that it will return as Presenting Sponsor of Off Road Evolution's JK Experience, a weeklong extreme event that promotes and showcases the on- and off-road capabilities of the Jeep Wrangler JK. By being a part of the JK Experience, Falken is able to get real-world exposure in extreme environments for its WildPeak A/T tire. WildPeak is currently available in 44 sizes, up to 37 inches tall, and for 15- to 20-inch wheel diameters in metric and LT metric sizes with many plus-sized applications. In addition to the three-day event in January, called the JK Experience Challenge, the series will expand with a "family-friendly" three-day trip in June along with the traditional week long JK Experience in September. For more information, visit www.jk-experience.com. To learn more about the WildPeak A/T, log onto www.falkentire.com.

Quick Hits
BFGoodrich Tires took 17 of the 23 classes in the 43rd Annual Baja 1000 last November, including its 70th overall four-wheel title.

Competing for its third year in a row, General Tire finished strong in the Baja 1000 with a First-Place finish in class 7-2 , a Fourth-Place finish by "Ballistic" B.J. Baldwin in the Trophy Truck class, and a Second-Place finish by Kent Kroeker in Class 8.

The Border Patrol is now utilizing marked Ford F-150 Raptors along the U.S.-Mexico Border-without leather seats.

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