• Dec 2, 2010
Rod Hall Racing, formerly and still synonymous with competitive Hummers, has added a trophy truck to its arsenal. The #61 truck was finished before the Baja 1,000 and cut its differential teeth in that race, with Rod Hall and Sam Cothrun crossing the line after 32 hours and 51 minutes.

The 5,300-pound jumper is built on a Samco Fabrication tube chassis, with a 6.2-liter L92 GM motor pushed to 600 horsepower providing the power. Baer six-piston stoppers handle deceleration front and rear, and when it comes time to get airborne, three-inch Fox coilovers tackle both ends with a 14-inch stroke up front and 18.25 inches in back.

The Hall Racing Hummers are still in the game, but this one will be going for overall wins from now on at races like the 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Australasian Safari and Baja 1000.

[Source: Rod Hall Racing]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for Rod. One of the all time great characters and drivers in off-road racing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone explain what is a "trophy truck?"

      And what does this mean, "The Hall Racing Hummers are still in the game, but this one will be going for overall wins from now on"

      What, were they going for overall losses before?

      I wonder how a stock ford raptor would do at a competition like this. 500hp, intense shocks with a lot of travel...sounds like a good recipe, but would it even finish?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Trophy trucks are the top-dog class in desert racing. They are to stock production trucks what a Nascar is to a production Fusion, ie they are pickup truck shaped, but otherwise purpose-built, tube-framed, high powered monsters with huge suspension travels and huge budgets.

        With the Hummers racing in production-based classes, they could compete for class wins (not overall losses - that's silliness). With a trophy truck, they can aim for overall wins. The key word there is "overall".

        A stock Raptor wouldn't compete in this sort of thing, at least not as delivered from the factory. OTOH, Ford has been developing the Raptor R, which is intended to compete in stock class for full size trucks, but of of course has the required safety equipment and race prep needed (and tuning within stock rules). I think that the Raptor should be a good starting point for a race truck, already more high-speed capable than your average 4x4 pickup, but it still needs a bit of development to be competitive, I think.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cut its differential teeth? When I first read that I thought that the author was describing a drivetrain problem the truck had. Then I realized it was just an awkward play on words. Anyway, wouldn't this truck have a spool? Or did you mean ring gear teeth?