Trophy Truck

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A SCORE Trophy Truck competing in the Baja 1000

Trophy Trucks are the fastest class of off-road racing vehicles designed and built to resemble modern pickup trucks. Although any truck that meets the safety standards can race the trophy truck class, they, for the most part, feature long travel suspensions and high power engines. They are intended for desert racing, and are not street legal. These vehicles are known as Trophy Trucks when raced in SCORE International sanctioned races, and Trick Trucks when raced in Best in the Desert sanctioned races.[citation needed]

Truck design[edit]

Gus Vildósola driving his Trophy Truck during the 2005 Baja 500

They are most often 2-wheel drive, they do have a class that is 4-wheel drive, and most feature a 4130 chromoly tube-frame chassis covered by a fiberglass or other composite body. Engines are required to be naturally aspirated, and are typically V8s generating in excess of 700-850 hp. Suspension travel can exceed 30 inches (760 mm) depending on chassis design. Most Trophy trucks use independent A-arm suspensions up front. In the rear, most trucks use a 3 or 4-link setup with a solid axle, while some use various types of independent suspension. Suspension and damping duties are handled by 1 or 2 shock absorbers per wheel; usually consisting of one coil-over and one by-pass shock.[1] The trucks are equipped with a steel tube roll cage.


The typical cost of one of these trucks is $300,000–$500,000 USD, this does not include; race entry fee, tool cost, parts cost, and fuel. It can cost up to $30,000 to run each race and a $10,000 purse if you win, there are 6 BITD races in USA and 5 SCORE races in USA and Mexico, along with several other regional events.

See also[edit]

Ricky Johnson demonstrates a Pro 2 Trophy Truck — 555 kB, 7 sec

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