Monster trucks aren’t really known for their speed since they’re really just for driving over cars! That’s not always enough though. The Hall brothers of Champaign, Ill. had more in mind. They wanted a monster truck that could crush a line of cars then hit the tarmac and leave only dust behind. On December 15, 2014 they debuted a truck that could do just that – and earned a Guinness World Record in the process.
Monster trucks, on average, sit at a height of 12 feet and a weight of 10,000 pounds atop 66-inch tires, and can hit top speeds around 70 mph. It’s no wonder these behemoths are called “monsters!” The Hall brothers decided they weren’t going to be average with their custom-monster truck, the Raminator, so they set out to exceed “average” and world-record speeds.
The Raminator, sponsored by Ram trucks since 2002, sits almost 10 feet high and tips the scales at almost 10,300 pounds. Getting a truck that heavy to go anywhere fast is an achievement – one that the Hall brothers and Ram were happy to take on. They knew the record to beat for the fastest monster truck was a very impressive 96.8 mph. With a supercharged 9.3-liter Hemi V8 engine that can crank out 2,000 horsepower, they thought their monster truck had a chance to beat it.
They traveled from Illinois down to Austin, Texas to the Circuit of the Americas for their world-record attempt. The facility sits on 1,000 acres with a 3.4-mile racetrack. The team from Guinness World Records was onsite to verify the speed record. Hall brother, racer and monster-truck driver, Mark Hall, drove the Raminator in its first run for the record. With an impressive top speed of 97.9 mph, it was enough to break the record. With two chances still remaining, Mark took the additional two runs. His second attempt topped the first at 98.5 mph and his third attempt surpassed them both at 99.1 mph.
After trumping the previous world record, the Hall brothers and Ram were officially welcomed to the record books. Hall Bros. Racing President and Crew Chief, Tim Hall said, “Taking on the challenge of breaking a world record has been an experience we will never forget.” At speeds far beyond average, it’s safe to say that monster truck fans won’t soon forget it either.
See the Raminator crush cars at the Monster Jam at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.