The Great American Off-Road Race will set a new world record with fifty-five trophy trucks when they roar to life at The 2014 General Tire Mint 400 this Saturday, March 15th, for the annual 400-mile off-road race across the Nevada desert.
If you’re not familiar with what exactly constitutes a Trophy Truck, just imagine a vehicle that has over 850 hp and upwards of 24 inches of wheel travel up front and 36 inches out back with multiple shock absorbers that are larger than life to soak up the roughest and nastiest desert roads at speeds in excess of 90 plus mph while also hitting speeds of over 130 mph on somewhat smoother terrain.
Trophy Trucks (also referred to as Trick Trucks) are at the top level of off-road racing with no other vehicle out there coming close to them. Even the Helicopters that chase them have a rough time keeping up at times as these trucks tear through the desert at blinding speeds through terrain that would absolutely destroy any other vehicle at the triple-digit speeds they run.
This time around these elite race trucks will lead the massive group of nearly three hundred total race vehicles, spread across twenty different classes into an all-out battle of man and machine taking on Mother Nature as well as everyone else on the battlefield. It’s an adrenaline filled high-octane war and with monstrous egos that love protesting race results and a few Ricky Bobby type personalities thrown in for good measure. There's no doubt that the Mint 400 will surely make for some gnarly wheel to wheel action in the dirt as old scores get settled and losers gets left eating some humbling dust.
“This is an incredible field, maybe the most competitive field in history. Not just in the car count, but in talent. We have several former Mint 400 Champions including Bryce Menzies, BJ Baldwin, Robby Gordon, and Andy McMillin, as well as former and current champions stacked throughout the massive field of different class competitors. This is going to be an incredible weekend of racing,” said Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli.
“These fifty-five trophy truck vehicles represent over 28 million dollars in custom-built off-road race machinery!” said Mint 400 COO Joshua Martelli. “That’s an astonishing figure when you consider the previous record for entries was somewhere in the mid-forties only a year ago. This sport and the entire off-road industry are on a rapid growth trajectory. We’re thrilled that so many teams have come to compete at this premier event. The Mint 400 Red Bull Signature Series television show will feature the best of the best, worldwide.”
The Mint 400 race consists of four, 100-mile laps of the most treacherous and devastating silt, rock, and dirt off-road racecourse in North America. Each Trophy Truck team must battle a minimum of seven and a half hours non-stop, to finish on the podium. Each lap, the course conditions deteriorate radically – and drivers are forced to navigate carefully around other slower classes. The Mint 400 is the ultimate proving ground for the premiere class of off-road vehicles.
Stay tuned for more of our coverage from the Great American Off-Road Race in the days to come as we head to the 2014 General Tire Mint 400!
Here's a quick video that will give you an idea of what Trophy Trucks are made of!