Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Monster Jam Truck!


Rings in the New Year Full Throttle with Three Action-Packed
Salt Lake Events on January 6th & 7th
**Ultimate Showdown of Eight Extreme Monster Jam Teams
Going Head-to-Head in Seven Endurance Competitions
Driving Three Different Vehicles**

(Salt Lake City, UT) – The infamous 2,000 horsepower engines are revving up again as the massive 10,000 pound machines are ready to ring in the start of 2017 into Utah as the Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL, the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience for families on the planet, returns to the Vivint Smart Home Arena for three action-packed events on Friday, January 6th and Saturday, January 7th.


Today’s Monster Jam® trucks use lightweight bodies and tires so more strength and weight can be put into the frame without sacrificing speed, maneuverability, or safety.

1. Body – Made of fiberglass, a Monster Jam truck body is custom designed to create a character or theme for the truck. Custom body trucks can be carved by hand out of styrofoam and wood to create a “plug” which is then used to create a fiberglass body mold or created by computers. 

2. Driver Seat – Most Monster Jam trucks have the driver seated in the center of the vehicle so he or she can best see the track for weight distribution. The seats are custom molded to each driver’s body and all drivers use head and neck restraint devices to keep their heads secure during rough landings. As a safety measure, all seatbelts employ a 5 point harness to restrain the driver’s body.

3. Paint – Most Monster Jam trucks feature highly designed, customized airbrushed artwork on their bodies. Airbushing is expensive and time consuming as some trucks require more than 40 hours of paint time. Monster Jam body fabricators are always assured lots of work though, as their custom creations are routinely destroyed during the shows.

4. Engines – Custom-built, supercharged and methanol-injected, a Monster Jam truck engine burns up to 10 liters of methanol per run (approximately 80 meters) and delivers about 1,500 horsepower. 

5. Suspension System – In order to allow the drivers to withstand the punishing impacts of jumping and crashing a Monster Jam truck during a performance, each truck is equipped with specially-engineered extra long 76cm shock absorbers filled with oil and nitrogen gas that are installed with each tire.

6. Tires – Each Monster Jam truck tire is custom made. They must be 66 inches high and 43 inches wide. The average Monster Jam truck team will go through 8 tires in one year. Tires are designed differently to satisfy various track conditions and driver preference. Carving just one tire requires over 50 hours of exacting labor.  

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