Monster Truck Tech
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What weighs 10,000 pounds, flies through the air, and gets treated like a professional wrestler? Part vehicle, part freak of nature, it’s a technological wonder. Its purpose – to crush cars and dazzle audiences. But how do you build this beast? Find out on Monster Truck Tech.
It all started thirty years ago when an St. Louis truck dealer souped up his 4x4 and ran right over a couple of junked cars. Today there are hundreds of monster trucks and monster truck drivers all over the world, each pushing the envelope of technology. Think an SUV is tough? A monster truck can withstand an impact with 20 times more force. And no one knows that better than the teams of mechanics and engineers that create and build these mechanical marvels.
In Monster Truck Tech, we’ll follow the creation of Bigfoot 16 - one of the most cutting-edge monster trucks of all time. We’ll see them weld together a tubular steel chassis, assemble the axles and the planetary gears, install nitrogen-powered shocks, and drop in a fuel-injected racing engine. We’ll also see the installation of specialized rear steering, massive 66” wheels, and a custom-painted fiberglass body.
Along the way, we’ll discover the science and technology behind each component. From automotive engineers, to professional drivers, to industry innovators – they’ll all be on hand to take us under the hood of this monster machine. We’ll explore the evolution of the technology and the sport, and see exactly what it takes to get five tons of metal to jump, spin, maneuver and accelerate. Throughout the past 30 years of monster truck mania, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. We’ll see some of the most riveting and death-defying crashes of all time, hear about them from the drivers who survived them, and explore the safety innovations that have made monster truck racing one of the safest motor sports.
And there’s more… the new Bigfoot monster truck will be completed just in time to make its debut as a competitor in the Monster Truck Racing Finals in Vermont. We’ll watch the new truck test its mettle against the top trucks in the US in front of 15,000 fans. Will this fully-loaded monster take top prize? Or will it be sent back to the shop for repairs?
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