Trophy Trucks: the ultimate desert racers
What does it take to drive one at 140mph? Tom Ford finds out…
Posted: 02 Oct 2013
The same goes for his crew. It's not a huge operation, considering the amount of success, but the team behind BJ is obviously more familial than corporate, and there's a genial, gentle vibe to the whole operation. Not slack, though. The crew strips bodywork from the truck we'll be driving - nicknamed Fedor - with military precision, so that BJ can explain the physics of a Trophy Truck. There are quite a lot of physics.
First point. A Trophy Truck unclothed is unlike any other competition car - both fantastically simple yet sitting at the apex of the form/function abacus, totals tallied. It shares a lot of cues with something like a pure Dakar racer, but built to a military-grade specification. Nuke-proof. The reasons being that the rules of the unlimited class are both simple and yet open to creative interpretation. The trucks must resemble a roadgoing counterpart, though only loosely.