Returns to Monster Truck Racing with All-New "Raminator"
DaimlerChrysler Press ReleasePosted:
After a six year absence from factory-backed monster truck racing, Dodge
is grabbing the competition by the horns and debuting an all-new 2002
Ram-based "Raminator" to Chrysler Group employees and Michigan
monster truck fans.
truck will make its competitive debut Saturday night, January 19, in the
U.S. Hot Rod Association Monster Jam at the Pontiac (Mich.) Silverdome,
Chrysler Group employees will be treated to a special unveiling on Friday,
January 18, at the company's nearby Auburn Hills headquarters from 11:30
name was selected from more than 1,500 employee entries. The contest to
name the Dodge monster truck drew submissions from all over the world,
and sometimes came with drawings and photographs.
truck is owned by Champaign, Illinois-based Hall Brothers Racing, who
have been competing in monster truck racing since 1987. Hall Brothers
president Tim Hall builds the engines and electrical systems for the truck,
while driver Mark Hall, his brother, serves as the shop foreman, fabricator
is powered by a 565 cubic-inch supercharged Dodge Hemi engine that runs
on methanol alcohol and produces more than 2,000 horsepower. In addition
to its car-crushing size and power, Raminator also features crowd-pleasing
special effects like smoke-snorting nostrils and strobing red eyes.
who previously campaigned a Dodge Ram in Monster Truck Racing Association
(MTRA) competition under the name Executioner, are ready to bring the
new Dodge to the winners circle.
trucks draw fans of all ages," said Tim Hall. "The Ram was designed
by talented DaimlerChrysler employees, and it's only appropriate that
they are the first to see the monster truck that will carry the Dodge
Ram banner for the company. I don't think they will want us to crush anything
inside their Tech Center, but we'll be ready to get the job done Saturday,
at the Silverdome."
reason we're doing this now is that it's perfect timing with the launch
of the new Dodge Ram," said Bo Puffer, Dodge Communications Specialist.
"It helps let people know that it's a big truck and it fits in with
the Dodge brand character of street-smart and edgy."
the decision to re-enter monster truck racing in October 2001, as a way
to build exposure for the new 2002 Ram. More than a million people attend
monster truck events each year, and the demographics of the people who
attend those events are the consumers who buy pickup trucks, Puffer added.
not sponsored a team since 1996. The Hall brothers switched to a Dodge
vehicle, but not Dodge sponsorship in 1999 after driving competing brands
for a number of years.
an electrician at DaimlerChrysler's Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly
Plant, was lucky enough to have his name randomly drawn from 29 entries
with the Raminator suggestion.
will race primarily in MTRA-sanctioned competition. The vehicles typically
race over a 350-foot dirt track that includes climbing over piles of junked
are fiberglass replicas of production vehicles like the Ram, but weigh
nearly 10,000 pounds and are 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Monster trucks
roll on tires that are 66 inches tall and 43 inches wide. Each tire weighs
800 pounds and needs only 3-12 pounds of air pressure.
Dodge Ram 1500, by comparison, features an available 245-horsepower, 360
cubic-inch fuel-injected engine, rides on 17"-20" wheels and
weighs approximately 5,000 pounds. It comes with owner-pleasing special
effects such as largest-in-class four-wheel disc brakes, precise rack-and-pinion
steering, and thoughtful interior storage.