Having a benchmark is important. Baseball players have homerun records, business owners have sales records, and for us performance truck enthusiasts, we have the Super Truck. In case you’re new to the world of Super Truck Racing, imagine having a 570hp V-8 and putting a lightweight fiberglass body on a full tube race chassis and you’ll quickly get the idea. Straightline performance is incredible, hard corners are a breeze, and if you have the cojones on a racetrack, it has the ability. It’s because of this unparalleled performance we invited Dave Struss and Ryan Pobanz to bring out one of their in-house shop trucks. Rolling the yellow race truck out of the trailer, professional driver Nathan Swartzbaugh climbed into the cockpit, fired the V-8 to life, and created a yellow blur going from one side of the track to the other.
It’s fast. There’s not much more to say, but I’ll do my best. The Super Truck set the fastest speed in the slalom, ran the quarter-mile in under 10 seconds, set the record in the road course and stop box, and put a smile on the face of yours truly when they let me behind the wheel. Push the throttle and the truck begs for more. Push it further and you literally have to check your manhood at the door as it challenges your abilities. Steering feel is scalpel-like, with a precision that is uncanny in a truck, and the four-speed shifter doesn’t take any prisoners. It’s fast, and we want one in red please. Out of the box, Super Truck Racing is selling these trucks for $55,000. And that’s turnkey. It’s the performance bargain of the century and after seeing the truck wax Porsche GT3 Cup cars on a road course, we’re eager to take another driving school class and dust off our helmets.
At A Glance
Super Truck Racing
Engine: 383ci Dart block, Patriot heads, Edelbrock intake, Holley carb
Trans: T101 four-speed manual
Suspension: Double-wishbone A-arms front with full tube chassis and Strange rearend with Winter’s housing
Brakes: Wilwood disc front and rear
Wheels/Tires: Bassett Racing 15x10-inch steel wheels on Goodyear Eagle race slicks
Weight: 2,700 pounds (with driver and fuel)
Pros: An absolute kick in the pants and the performance per dollar
Cons: Driving it on the street will make the police happy
Slalom time: 6.07 seconds
Quarter-mile: 9.94 @ 136.1 mph
Stop Box time: 8.02
Road Course: 52 seconds