Trophy Trucks: the ultimate desert racers
What does it take to drive one at 140mph? Tom Ford finds out…
Posted: 02 Oct 2013
But the power is nothing like the whole story, merely the first chapter. Because, more than anything else, these vehicles are defined by their suspension. Their ability to take thousands of tooth-rattling punches and still drive for 12 hours. The dampers themselves are faintly ridiculous, nearly four feet long, manufactured by a company appropriately called King Shocks. They feature remote reservoirs and easily tweaked compression and rebound. If you see a video of them moving across the ground, it's like watching the proverbial swan - peaceful from the waist up, paddling like crazy underneath. The stats are formidable. The front wishbones can manage some 26 inches of independent travel, the rear three-link solid axle around 34. That's an unholy amount of fast-reacting suspension swagger.
It's probably worth pointing out here that this information comes to you courtesy of autonomous note-taking, because essentially I wasn't listening during the entire briefing. Too excited. And, eventually, after an eternity of careful preparation, we plonk Fedor and a chase truck onto a couple of trailers, and head out in the desert. To drive.