• ETC
  • Jul 28, 2012
It doesn't really matter what age you are, we can all agree that monster trucks are awesome. How can you argue with a 20-foot tall tube-frame harbinger of destruction, mowing down row after row derelict cars and trucks? Every "SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!," somewhere in America, a dirt-filled arena is hosting this spectacle of high-horsepower automotive carnage.

For the more mathematically inclined, monster trucks are a also feat of engineering, sending over 10,000 pounds hurtling through the air at 30+ mph. To this end, Car and Driver has put together a little breakdown of the physics behind these beasts. For instance, a monster truck needs 1,500 horsepower, developed from a supercharged, alcohol-fueled V8 to rocket into the air at a 45-degree angle at 40 miles per hour. The likes of Bigfoot and Gravedigger reach a peak altitude of 32.5 feet, moving through the air at 32 miles per hour.

When a monster truck makes its descent, things get interesting. A direct landing can come down with the force of 25,500 pounds. That's enough to turn a Crown Victoria or Oldsmobile 88 into a doormat.

Some other fun facts: two-thirds or roughly 7,000 pounds of a monster truck is unsprung weight. In the main, that means the wheels, axles and rubber. The tires themselves are about 66 inches tall.

C/D explains that with the four-wheel steering systems on these behemoths, these trucks can maintain spins in a nearly inverted turning radius. As their speed rises, the center of gravity pushes to the outer wheels, and the truck can topple over.

Hold on to your corn dogs.


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      Schadenfreude
      • 2 Years Ago
      CARBON FIBER!!!! /s
      Ben Dover
      • 2 Years Ago
      This would interest me if I didn't have all my teeth, had unclean thoughts about my sister, lived in Alabama, was insecure about the size of my penis, and had a pack of chew in my left cheek right now.
        imtoomuch1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ben Dover
        Don't be such a closed minded douche! Your comment makes you the dumb inbred that you're describing.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ben Dover
        So Monster Truck Physics is too low-brow for someone named Ben Dover. Gotcha!
      imtoomuch1
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you don't like monster trucks, you aren't a fan of vehicles. They really are impressive machines.
        NissanGTR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imtoomuch1
        its an attraction for entertaining rednecks. There is plenty to not like.
          Xedicon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NissanGTR
          The crowd isn't the topic here, it's the trucks. Monster trucks are some serious feats of engineering and performance, how could you not respect that?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      blkpantha
      • 2 Years Ago
      F**K CAR AND DRIVER!
      Harry
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Mutt Cutts truck could achieve much higher altitude than 32 ft and went way faster than 30 mph.
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a lot of mumbo jumbo Car and Driver, here's my dissection of the physics of monster trucks...big, heavy things crush small, light things.
      Joey Mcfreely
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where are all the rabbit pickup and transporter monster trucks?
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