Expert’s Guide to Top 13 Monster Trucks

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Monster Trucks are now becoming common with the number of different types we see. These vehicles, however, cater to a niche segment of society and are mainly designed for competitive events. They are not your regular family car or one that you would go to office in. Monster Trucks are not attractive and can be best described as an eyesore. They stand out and don’t seem to fit in with the surroundings. But if you are planning to drive over rocks, ditches and into slushy marshland, then a monster truck would do. They are rugged and hardy vehicles.

Monster Trucks were originally created to crush objects and not for dirt track racing. Anyone with a monster truck would like to show off their vehicle, but unfortunately there are not many admirers around. Most onlookers find it an obnoxious sight. Monster Jam is a sporting event where all Monster Truck owners can display their ravenous beasts and compete with each other, trying to prove who has a better vehicle by crushing cars and other large objects in their way and fly into the air.

Here’s a list of some of the best and most popular monster trucks. Some of which have won championships and others are noted for particular admirable features:

Grave Digger

Grave Digger
Grave Digger

The Grave Digger was originally created by Dennis Anderson from parts of other vehicles scavenged from junk yards. After being given an opportunity to prove itself at a Monster Jam event, the vehicle was redefined with better parts. Today Grave Digger holds several titles and actively competes in Monster Truck competitions around the world.

Year created: 1981

Grave Digger Specifications:

OwnerFeld Motorsports, Anderson Boys Racing, and Randy Brown
Body style1950 Chevy Panel Van
Engine540ci Merlin
TransmissionCoan 2-speed
TyreFirestone / Goodyear / Dneproshina / BKT

Maximum Destruction

Maximum Destruction
Maximum Destruction

The Maximum Destruction started out as a design for a futuristic SUV, but ended up looking monstrous. The Maximum Destruction is commonly referred to as “MAX-D” and lives upto its reputation of destroying everything in its path. It is a hot favorite in monster truck competitions.

Year created: 2003

Maximum destruction (MAX-D) Specifications:

OwnerFELD Motorsports, Tom Meents (name)
Body style2000 Futuristic SUV
Engine540ci Merlin
Transmission2 Speed Coan
TyreBKT / 66″ Terra

Monster Mutt

Monster Mutt
Monster Mutt

Similar to its name the Monster Mutt is an embodiment of a dog sprouting wheel and growing to an abnormal height of 12 feet. This weird looking truck actually has flappy dog ears, which goes down well with the onlookers giving it a huge fan following at sports events. This monster faithfully competes in every Monster Jam event and is well loved for its strange cuteness.

Year created: 2003

Monster Mutt Specifications:

OwnerFELD Entertainment
Body styleCustom Dog
Engine540 CI Blown Alcohol, 540 Chevrolet Big Block
TransmissionHughes Performance 2-Speed Powerglide, Coan/Bewick Turbo 400
Tyre66″ Terra/BKT

Bear Foot

Bear Foot
Bear Foot

Bear Foot is a monster truck which was originally built by Jack Wilman and Fred Shafer. It has several Monster Truck event titles to its name. The truck gained a lot of popularity when it appeared in a Volvo commercial.

Year created: 1997

Bear Foot Specifications:

OwnerPaul Shafer Motorsports
Body styleDodge Ram
Engine572 Cubic Block
TransmissionCoan 2 Speed
Tyre66″ Terra

Batman

Batman
Batman

The Batman won the Monster Jam World Racing Champion consecutively for 2 years in row (2007 and 2008). As the name suggests the original design of the Batman was inspired by the Batmobile (the car used by the superhero character Batman). This explains the wings projecting off the back of the truck. In 2013 the Batman saw some upgrades which included a new chassis, a more powerful engine and smaller silver lined wings.

Year created: 2006

Batman Monster Truck Specifications:

OwnerELD Entertainment, Live Nation (Truck), DC Comics
Body styleCustom 3D Batmobile
Engine540ci Merlin
TransmissionCoan 2-Speed
Tyre66″ Terra

Raminator

Raminator
Raminator

The Raminator is a huge and powerful truck. This 10 feet high and 12.5 feet wide truck is the currently the fastest on the circuit. The ugly looking huge tyres each weigh over 900pounds and can easily crush any object in its path. The Raminator has won many awards and in 2014 it set a new world record.

Year created: 2002

Raminator Specifications:

OwnerHall Bros. Racing
Body style2018 Ram
Engine565 CI. BAE Supercharged Hemi
TransmissionAutomatic
Tyre3rd Generation BKT (Monster Jam)/Firestone (Monster Nationals/independent shows)


Towasaurus Wrex

Towasaurus Wrex
Towasaurus Wrex

The TowasaurusWrex is a beastly truck which has been around for a long while and is still going steady. The initial design of the TowasaurusWrexwas in resemblance to a 1946 tow truck. Over the year it has experienced several upgrades to its chassis, engine and body, but it still retains its original look of a tow truck.

Year created: 1988

Towasaurus Wrex Specifications:

OwnerJeff Bursey
Body style1946 Chevy Tow Truck
Engine428 ci Chevy
Transmission400 Turbo with T.C.I. Converter
Tyre66″ Terra

Cyborg

Cyborg
Cyborg

The Cyborg started out as a 2WD which had several drawbacks especially in the monster truck freestyle competition. It was later upgraded to a 4WD giving the driver better control and movement power. The Cyborg has made many track appearances but has been off the circuit since 2016.

Year created: Early 1990s

Cyborg Specifications:

OwnerJack Koberna
Body styleFord F-150
Engine496 Big Block Chevy
TransmissionCoan 2-speed
Tyre66″ Terra

El Toro Loco

El Toro Loco
El Toro Loco

The El Toro Loco is a crazy looking monster truck that has a huge fan following. It competes regularly in Monster Truck events even though it has changed many hands over the course of the years. The body style if the El Toro Loco resembles a bull and the forward pointing horns on the roof depict a crazy bull.

Year created: 2001

El Toro Loco Specifications:

OwnerFELD Entertainment, Clear Channel Entertainment
Body styleCustom Bull
Engine540ci Merlin (FELD), Blown 575 Chevrolet Big Block
TransmissionCoan 2-Speed, Coan/Bewick Power Glide
Tyre66″ Terra / BKT

Blue Thunder

Blue Thunder
Blue Thunder

The Blue Thunder started out as a Ford Truck competing to show its strength and muscular power among the Monster Trucks. A series of unfortunate events prevented the truck from winning and even being disqualified. In 2013 the truck was given a new lease on life with major upgrades and changes, and adopted the name Blue Thunder as Ford pulled out. The Blue Thunder now competes in Monster Truck competitions around the world.

Year created: 2000

Blue Thunder Specifications:

OwnerFELD Entertainment
Body styleFord F-150
Engine514 C.I. Ford Performance
Transmission3-speed Ford C6
Tyre66″ Terra / BKT

Sudden Impact

Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact

The brightly painted Sudden Impact was created by John Seasock. He drove it for many monster truck events. In 2005 it was bought over by Brandon Lagarde and has made numerous appearances on the circuit. The Sudden impact is also known as “Ground Pounder”.

Year created: 1990

Sudden Impact Specifications:

OwnerSudden Impact Racing
Body styleOffroad/RC body
Engine540 Block Ford
TransmissionCoan 2-speed
Tyre66″ Terra

Tropical Thunder

Tropical Thunder
Tropical Thunder

The Tropical Thunderwas originally built out of a Chevy Silverado and was called Nite Life II truck. The truck was later upgraded to a monster truck and renamed Tropical Thunder. In 2016 the truck was converted to Enforcer and the original vehicle was scrapped and today rests in an Egyptian salvage yard.

Year created: 2007

Tropical Thunder Specifications:

OwnerMonster Trucks
Body styleTBA
EngineTBA
Tyre66″ Terra

Zombie

Zombie
Zombie

The Zombie was a custom built monster truck which was named by the fans. The truck underwent several cosmetic changed to match its name. This included the painting of blood on the side and the addition of arms. At monster truck events Zombie fans paint their faced and dress as zombies. Today there are several versions of the Zombie truck on the circuit.

Year created: 2013

Zombie Specifications:

OwnerFELD Motorsports
Body styleCustom Ford F-150
Engine540ci Merlin
TransmissionCoan 2-speed
Tyre66″ Terra / BKT