99.1MPH Raminator Becomes World's Fastest Monster Truck
That's right — 99.1 miles per hour is officially the new world speed record for the fastest monster truck. That was really quite fast in 1923, but this is 2014. Almost anything on sale today with four wheels and a couple of seats can break the triple digits, so why so slow? Well, compared to your Nissan Versa, a monster truck is a lot of things. It's over five tons of metal and chunky rubber, standing at over 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Although its 565 cubic inch HEMI V8 makes over 2,000 horsepower, this race-prepped truck isn't exactly geared for top speed, but rather, short bursts of pretty savage acceleration. VIDEO: Monster Trucks Look Best in Slow-Mo
On Dec. 15, observers from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, to confirm that "Raminator," piloted by nine-time Monster Truck Racing Association "Driver of the Year" Mark Hall indeed took the record. Hall wanted to hit triple digits, but still handily beat the previous record of 96.8.
When you take all of this into account, the record sounds a lot more impressive. And when you think about what the ride must have been like 10 feet up going almost 100 miles per hour on bumpy off-road tires, it sounds downright scary.
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