Here's what's underneath the Glassworks Unlimited fiberglass exterior. Like the rest of th
How much does Camburg's repeatable precision save? It's significant. Many of the current crop of one-off Trophy Trucks cost $400,000 to $500,000 when all is said and done. By contrast, you can buy a bare Kinetik chassis for just over $50,000 and a complete ready-to-run truck starting at about $200,000. None of those prices are pocket change, and most of us will still only be able to watch from the sidelines, but it does illustrate what repeatable precision can do to bring the price a little closer to Earth.
We've talked about price, but there are two other critical concepts here: shorter lead times and better performance. First, the lead time. When each tube of a new TT (or any other custom build) must be hand-measured, hand-bent, hand-notched, and hand-fitted, it takes a lot of time even for an experienced fabricator.
Sparco Evo2 seats provide an ideal combination of comfort and body containment. Dual RaceA
A Kinetik TT is built from tubing that's pre-formed and pre-notched. Camburg uses a jig table to ensure that assembly is accurate, but the guesswork and hand-fitting has been chucked out the window. Next, performance is improved because the complete truck was designed all at once to work as a single unit. The design could be optimized for suspension geometry, weight distribution, etc.
As of this writing, the first Kinetic Trophy Truck has several races under its belt and is poised for a full season in the 2011 Best In The Desert series. If you're among the fortunate ones who can get into Trophy Truck racing, Camburg's Kinetik concept demands a look.
The adjustable steering column is a nice touch, and indicates just how much planning and e
Vehicle: Camburg Kinetik Trophy Truck (Best In The Desert calls them "Trick Trucks")
Owner/Hometown: Camburg Engineering/Huntington Beach, California
Engine: GM Performance Products tall-deck Chevy LSX built by Turnkey Engine Supply. Displacement:470 cubic inches. Horsepower: 750
Induction: Multi-point EFI, AEM air filter
Transmission: TH-400 built by Steve Culhane
Front suspension/Travel: Camburg Kinetik A-arms and steering knuckle, Camburg 2.5 front hubs, Fox 3.0 coilover and 3.5 bypass shocks, Eibach coil springs/27 inches
Rear suspension: Camburg Kinetik four-link, Fox 3.0 coilover and 4.4 bypass shocks, Fox bumpstops, Eibach coil springs, Tubeworks rear axle/32 inches
Ring and Pinion: Varies by racecourse from 5.13 to 5.43
Rear Differential: Tubeworks full-floater housing, TCS 2-3/16-inch 36-spline 300m axle shafts, GearWorks spool
Tires: 37-inch General Grabber Competition
Wheels: KMC 17-inch Enduro Beadlocks
Interior: Sparco EVO2 seats, Sparco steering wheel, Sweet steering wheel quick-disconnect, Crow Enterprizes harnesses, PCI race radio, Lowrance GPS, AEM gauges, dual fire suppression systems, live satellite tracking by IRC
Body: Complete fiberglass body by Glassworks Unlimited
Other: Plumbing by Brown & Miller, Optima batteries, mil-spec wiring, Scosche power cables, Magnaflow mufflers, KC-Pod HID lights, Baer Brakes, CBR coolers and radiator, safety bladder fuel cell, Bosch dual fuel pumps, Drivelines Unlimited driveshaft, Lucas Oil products used throughout
When you've got a competent chassis and wheel travel to spare there's no sense in trying t
The rear suspension is on par with the front, providing 32 inches of travel via a four-lin