Trophy Trucks: the ultimate desert racers
What does it take to drive one at 140mph? Tom Ford finds out…
Posted: 02 Oct 2013
Still, BJ isn't screaming or crying, so I soldier on for the next hour, building a bit of speed, running the car to the maximum across the salt, boinging over four-or five-foot-high sets of whoops (dusty bumps) and doing small jumps. The truck absorbs the abuse, revels in it. For once, there are no caveats, no disappointments. Trophy Trucks are The Law.
It is at this point I get cocky, and things start to unravel. I've driven a section of whoops a couple of times now, and I have their measure. Hit them at 50-60mph, and Fedor follows the line of the ground, pitching and heaving, feeling slightly vomity. Hit them above 100mph, like BJ does, and the speed allows the truck to deploy all that suspension travel, clipping the tops of the bumps instead of drowning in them, pattering across the tops, cab level and suspension firing like pistons in an engine.