Destinations / GO BAJA
The Trophy Trucks used at the top level of the Baja 1000 are far more technical than they appear
from the outside. The composite skin of these million-dollar machines (yes, you read that figure
right) hides a rugged yet sophisticated CAD-engineered chassis and a long travel suspension that
enables the 900-horsepower drivetrain to push these rigs across the desert floor at speeds nearing
140 mph. Racers pre-run the course and plot route guidance via GPS, and during the race itself, co-drivers refer to detailed course maps and pace notes to help safely and accurately route their drivers.
Driver and co-driver communicate by intercom and wear cool-suits to fend off the heat. Two-way
radios keep drivers in touch with crews and support vehicles, which range from 4x4s to purpose-built heavy trucks that carry all the tools, spares and equipment to rebuild a stricken car in the field.