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Ford F150 - Kincaid Racing

Ready To Tackle Baja

Jordan MayPhotographer, Writer

Having a family that builds high-quality racing engines means your race car is inevitably going to be fast. Recently, Scott Kincaid decided it was time to step up his game and compete in the pinnacle of off-road racing classes: Trophy Truck. Scott made up his mind to spare no expense building this awesome machine, which is why he turned to Danny Porter of Porter Race Cars, known for building some of the fastest dirt-destroying vehicles on the scene, to create his dream truck. Porter Race Cars and Kincaid Racing Engines is a powerful combo that would prove to build a ride in which most of us could only dream of getting behind the wheel.

Given the family business, if anyone is going to put a big-block engine into a Trophy Truck, it's going to be Scott. Kincaid Racing Engines of Lake Havasu hand-built this massive 548ci engine producing over 900 hp and 813 lb-ft of torque. You read that right - 900-plus horsepower. The engine was built by Gary Kincaid, and a few of the notable components include aluminum Trick Flow heads, a 1050 Holley Dominator carburetor, a custom-made K&N intake system, an MSD 6ALN ignition system, and HVC2 coils all pushing power through a TH400 transmission built by Transaxle Technologies. Also present is a Barnes dry-sump oiling system, Ron Davis radiators, Gibson exhaust, and an Aeromotive fuel pump.

In a build like this, the chassis is truly the bread and butter. Porter designed yet another race-worthy ride in Scott's truck. Trophy Trucks all have to be constructed basically the same according to class rules, so in keeping with those rules this truck's construction consists of 2-inch by 0.120-wall 4130 chrome-moly tubing throughout. Vehicle dimensions are a wheelbase of 125 inches, a 217-inch overall length, 88-inch track width, 72-inch overall height, and a race-ready weight of 5,980 pounds.

Moving on to the suspension, we found a Porter-built J-arm setup boasting a whopping 22 inches of travel. The rear suspension system is a four-link that cycles 34 inches from bump to droop. A sway bar boasting monster-size arms goes between the chassis and the rear suspension to control body roll in the turns. A pair of hydraulic bumpstops maintains control during extra-hard hits.

The fabrication and experience involved in creating a vehicle that can reach speeds of over 100 mph while staying in one piece on the racecourse takes a true master of metal. Front shocks are supplied by King in the form of 4-inch coilovers and 4-inch, five-tube external-bypass units. In the rear, King also supplied 4-inch coilovers and 4-inch, six-tube external-bypass shocks. If you haven't seen a 4-inch-diameter race shock in person, be sure to stop and check out Scott's truck at the next race - they are impressive. Holding the suspension in place is a full setup of Beard limit straps.

Under the rear end is a 10-inch Chrisman third member with a Porter-built housing. This setup is otherwise referred to as "bulletproof" in the industry. Scott stuffed his with massive, 40-spline, gun-drilled 300M axles for superior strength. The braking system consists of CNC six-piston disc-brake calipers and 14-inch rotors. Big brakes are needed to stop a beast like this, especially when running 37x12.50R17 Maxxis Trepador tires. The overall tread pattern and sidewall protection will ensure that the team's rubber casualties are kept to a minimum during race time.

Porter hand-built an 80-gallon fuel cell, because as you can imagine 900 hp is going to eat through gas like it's going out of style. The entire Ford F-150 body was reworked and rebuilt using Trailer Products fiberglass components all around. The truck carries the usual goodies like dual spare tires, spare drivetrain components, a race jack, lubricants, Optima batteries, and even a complete onboard air system.

Climbing into the cab, we sat down for our test-drive in Beard RX-3 racing seats with DJ Safety harness belts. A complete Racepak gauge system is employed as well as a Lowrance GPS system for guidance, a Kenwood radio for communications, and a Parker Pumper air system to keep both occupants cool.

At the time of our photo shoot the Kincaid Racing Trophy Truck had yet to make its presence known on the racecourse, so we can only speculate on its success. Stay tuned to this year's coming desert-racing calendar, and you'll find out what Kincaid Racing is all about.