The New Age of Off-Road Race Trucks
If you’re into desert racing like we are (and you should be), you might be aware of the upcoming 2014 Dakar Rally which will be taking place from January 5-18 across three countries in South America. What you might not know is that Robby Gordon is heading out there in January to put the Mini Racing boys in their rightful place – behind him in his dust!
Robby Gordon is quite simply one of the best of the best off-road racers of all time. This isn’t his first rodeo though as Robby has raced the Dakar Rally more than a few times since his first race in 2005 and from 2006-2013 behind the wheel of the RGM Hummer H3 truck, which is now owned by Yazeed Racing. Robby Gordon has been teasing us all about his new HST Dakar race truck from the moment we saw a video interview of him talking about his plans for the 2014 Dakar Rally. We knew he was going to race at the Dakar Rally since he was on the entry list but it listed the vehicle as a Hummer and since he sold off his RGM truck, we didn’t know what to expect.
Sure enough, Robby Gordon is going to give the Dakar racers a run for their money when they battle it out with what he’s created for the 2014 Dakar Rally. Robby is calling this an HST Gordini and if you think it looks similar to his SST trucks, that’s because they’re pretty close except that these are fully enclosed race trucks built on an FIA-chassis with V-8 power and 37-inch Toyo Tires. Known for building the fastest and most innovative off-road vehicles in the world, Robby’s 2014 HST Gordini is the lightest and most technologically advanced machine he has ever built. The car was built in North Carolina and draws off of designs and experience that have propelled him to three Baja 1000 victories, four Baja 500 victories and seven Score-International Off-Road Championships in addition to his Dakar stage victories.
“I feel more prepared than in any of our previous trips to the Dakar Rally,” Gordon said. “Since our first race in 2005, where we accomplished our goal of becoming the first American to win a stage, our focus has been on winning the overall title. I believe with the experience we have, and the new car we have built, this year could be our time.”
Here's what the MINI guys have to look forward to when Robby shows up to Dakar and blows their doors off!
The HST Gordini race truck is definitely a nice piece of off-road engineering as well as art and with any luck, maybe Robby Gordon will decide to build production 1200 Horsepower Gordini Super Trucks like he said he was in the video interview. Who knows, maybe they’ll even come loaded with a GPS that tells you where all the shortcuts are so you can beat your buddies across the desert. Okay, maybe it's all just wishful thinking. We cant imagine a 1200 Horsepower street version would ever be available because the resources and man power are simply not their to put a vehicle like this into production. In a recent interview, Robby said it would cost $1300 per HP, which would put this so called "200 mph off road SUV" at $1.56 Million and at that price, the reality is you can buy a luxury prerunner for a lot less than that and have all the power you need to go 100 plus through whooped out deserts while in relaxing in complete plush comfort. The HST Gordini doesn't look like it can accommodate much more than two people and the jungle-gym roll cage would make it almost impossible to acquire a street legal certification. Another obstacle would be that a 200 mph SUV would probably require a really low ground clearance as well as high speed tires which means that off road performance would likely be non-existent.
Check out the video interview of Robby Gordon talking about the Gordini HST! Think he's going to build the 1200 Horsepower HST Super Truck?
Photos Courtesy of: Robby Gordon Racing