Baja Racing News.com SPECIAL REPORT Baja Racing Classes
Have you ever wondered what it would cost to drive a Trophy Truck? How much horsepower do class 10’s put out? Just how much travel do those beam cars really pull? I introduce the “classes article,” aimed to inform the off-road community about what kind of money it takes to build and maintain a certain vehicle, and show just what they are each capable of.
Countless drivers were polled for this article in order to gain accurate information, and I thank every one of them. In researching every class I learned a lot; in particular, limited VW motor information can be especially tricky. As one driver put it, “Limited motor power seems to be based on who sells the best lemon,” while another countered “Then there's what's legal and what's questionable. It's ridiculous.”
As can be expected, there are vehicles out of the norms listed below, and while this is a general article it is intended to be as accurate as possible while still including the full breadth of each class. Cost numbers are intended to be turn key and all-inclusive for prep; in some cases prices reflect full shop work, while in others it’s do-it-yourself. This is normal; a trophy truck usually isn’t built in someone’s garage, but a class 11 is. Classes are listed in starting order, weights are dry. Subtract 3-5 horsepower for a single port in the VW-based classes.
Protruck: Limited production spec-truck.
Aka: 1200 (BITD)
SCORE Class 7 Open (BITD no longer has a comparable class) requires a full frame and 6 cyl with 4.5 liter max, maximum track width to out side of tire of 78" but does not require doors or cab. A dying class, not a good idea to build a new truck for this class although there is a good supply of used trucks to buy and race.
SCORE Class 7SX and BITD 7100 require frame, steel cab with doors, 6 cyl with max displacement of 4.0 liter and stock (may be re-inforced) suspension components, front wheel travel limited to 12", may use coil over shocks in front, leaf spring rear with springs not longer than 57.5", stock track width +/- 2". Best choice for entry level build.
SCORE Class Stock Mini or BITD 7300 Requires full body(no fiberglass) doors and frame, all suspension components must be stock and unre-inforced and use factory pivot points, 3" body lift may be used, shocks are open. Can be a good class for entry level but trucks are slow and can end up costing more to run than 7X / 7100 because of stock parts that have to be replaced every race.
Roughly $10k in preparation services, per race for a tube chassis 7200, a sportsman class.
To race a Trophy Truck or Class 1, to be competitive you have to rebuild engine, trans, rear end pretty much the entire truck and that is not cheap at all. If you plan on winning or going for a championship it will roughly cost about $$$,$$$. $100,000 in prep just for the Baja 500.
The big teams, like Robby Gordon, $51k for a special edition Culhane transmission! About tranny's, Some have paid around $4000.00 for a full race C-4 with converter, Steve told me $5,000-10,000 for a Turbo 400 depending on how far you wanted to go, we have been told that a guy in Vegas gets $50k for one, but at that point we don't think it can really be called a turbo 400 anymore.
For a Baja Mexico race, if you want to be competitive in Trophy Truck and be a part of the race, and not just in the race, then it's roughly a $100.00 bucks a mile. Any 500 mile race is $50K, that would be for everything, prep, prerun, crew and race.
The Geiser Brothers charge $20-25k per race for prep on the TT's (Trophy Trucks). Now you add crew and chase $20-25k per race. So roughly $40-50k a race. Depends on how many races you want to do a year, or can afford. In class 7, it's about 20.00 per mile. TT maybe $50.00 on the cheap $100.00 to win.