Robby Gordon OFF-ROAD’s Stadium SUPER Trucks, which will begin its inaugural season of stadium-style off-road racing on April 6 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., has announced that production of the series’ one-of-a-kind race vehicles is ahead of schedule.
“We have been working long hours for months, and there will be 30 complete trucks ready to compete at Phoenix. The craftsmanship and build of the Stadium SUPER Truck is something we take enormous pride in at Robby Gordon OFF-ROAD,” said Shane Bourgeois, lead mechanic.
Bourgeois added that 22 chassis are through production at Robby Gordon OFF-ROAD’s state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot facility in Charlotte, N.C.
Each truck is being constructed to a design spec exclusive to Stadium SUPER Trucks, according to a press release.
“I’ve been thinking about Stadium SUPER Trucks for 20 years; it’s a place where I started my career and I have always dreamed of bringing it back one day,” said Gordon, series president. “This is a platform for athletes from all types of sports that can come and be competitive. Being that all trucks are built the same, it comes down to the driver’s athletic ability to perform. We are confident in putting on a great race and quality entertainment for the fans. I cannot wait to start the season on April 6 at University of Phoenix Stadium.”
Designed to resemble a Traxxas remote control “Slash” truck, the Stadium SUPER Truck is the life-size model of the popular RC version. Its unique specifications are something that has not been seen in off-road racing since the Mickey Thompson off-road era, the release noted.
Sitting on 35-inch DOT-approved tires, the trucks feature a wheel-base of 104 inches with a stance only 71 inches wide. The two-wheel drive vehicles feature a 2- or 3-speed transmission (pending track configuration), offer 18 inches of wheel travel in the front and 24 inches in the rear allowing them to soar over large jumps and land with authority.
The 600-hp, EFI V-8-powered trucks weigh 3,000 pounds, making the power-to-weight ratio of 0.20, compared to short-course’s Pro 2 that has 800 hp but weighs 4,200 pounds with a power-to-weight ratio of 0.19, the release stated.
In the style of Thompson’s former stadium racing series, Gordon’s concept of Stadium SUPER Trucks involves high-powered off-road trucks racing side-by-side on challenging dirt tracks consisting of huge jumps, crossovers and tight corners. The season will be comprised of 12 races. Other classes involve BIGFOOT Monster Truck racing.