Fast monster truck is a bit slow...

Fast monster truck is a bit slow...

Dec 22, 2014

Fast monster truck is a bit slow...

How fast do you think a monster truck can go? With their massive engines, lightweight 'silhouette' bodies and ability to crush cars for the pleasure of baying crowds, 'pretty fast' might be your answer.

Well, we can tell you that the Raminator - a monster machine based, perhaps unsurprisingly, on a Ram Trucks model - has just set the Guinness World Record for 'Fastest Speed for a Monster Truck' at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

And what mighty speed did it achieve? A huge... 99.1mph. That's 159.49km/h. It beat the previous record of 96.8mph (155.78km/h), which was set back in 2012. Oh. Right.

Of course, monster trucks never normally leave an arena full of rusting wrecks that need to be traversed using only their roofs, and those massive tyres must generate quite a bit of friction (actually, doing nearly 160km/h in something that tall must have been intense), but the fact it can't go any quicker than a Peugeot 108 1.0 is disappointing to us. Especially because, when we were younger, we had a Tamiya 1:12 Midnight Pumpkin Ford F150 that could achieve a scale speed of about 348km/h...

For more information on Raminator, the world's fastest monster truck (but still pretty slow by automotive standards), visit www.raminator.com.