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Top Truck Challenge 2015: A Sneak Peek At The Coal Chute

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2015 on May 28, 2015
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The Coal Chute is the sixth of the seven events that comprise Top Truck Challenge (TTC). It’s the newest event at TTC, and it debuted in 2013. The Coal Chute is unlike any other TTC event. For example, we do nothing to modify it from the way it is every day at the Hollister Hills SVRA. You see, it’s a permanent obstacle at the park, and it’s so tough we don’t feel the need to mess with it. How tough is it? Well, in 2013 only one of the nine vehicles that attempted it actually completed the course. Of the eight remaining vehicles, five suffered mechanical damage to some degree and one vehicle rolled onto its side. In 2014, four of the nine vehicles that hit the Coal Chute didn’t complete the course.

The Coal Chute resides in a section of the newly developed Upper Obstacle Course at the Hollister Hills SVRA. In 2014, we used approximately 525 feet of the course, and included in that length were steep walls that were over 7 feet in height, a mind-bending number of rocks, and even cement tubes. Typically, we give each competitor 20 minutes to complete the course. Those who finish are ranked according to elapsed time, including penalties, while those who don’t complete the course are ranked by overall distance traveled.

Because the Coal Chute is the last competition of the day, if breakage occurs, the teams typically have some breathing room to repair whatever’s broken before the final day of competition.

Watch a video of the Coal Chute competition at TTC 2014

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