Five Interesting Facts about Monster Truck Tyres
Whoever said good things come in small packages was certainly not referring to monster truck tyres. Even for people working with or used to seeing big size truck/bus tyres at close quarters, the monster truck tyres do tend to loom large. Huge large, gigantic, gargantuan are just some of the words that pop into your mind when you first set eyes on these tyres. Of course, the said popping occurs only after a few seconds during which you become completely numb, taken in, as it were, by the sheer size of the spectacle in front of you. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.
Read on to know more about these tyres
Fact #1- Size and Weight
Most monster truck tyres have a height of 63-66 inches, (as tall as a person with average height!) and are about 43 inches wide. The weight is usually around 1000 pounds. Big Foot, the first and the most famous of all monster trucks designed the Big Foot 5 version in 1986 with 10 foot tall tyres. While Big Foot 5 itself weighs over 38,000 pounds, each tyre weighs 2400 pounds.
Given the size and weight of these tyres, it is no surprise that monster truck tyres can easily crush cars, vans and even airplanes. This crushing is a significant draw for the monster truck events held annually. According to www.offroaders.com, 3000 cars are crushed annually during these events. (source: http://www.offroaders.com/directory/monster_trucks/About-Monster-Trucks.htm).
Fact #2- Tyres Need to be Shaved
Monster truck tyres obviously have a very exclusive customer base and hence are manufactured only to general specifications by Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone and Dneproshina. Tyres from the factory weigh 1000 pounds. Monster truck owners then have to customise the tyres for peak performance on the specific track depending on the event. Usually, teams will shave off the tyres to bring down the weight to ensure peak performance and more comfortable handling. One and a quarter inch is shaved off the tyre tread manually using a large razor. The process takes approximately 50 hours per tyre and removes 160 pounds off the weight of the tyre.
Fact # 3 – Price
You have probably guessed it, but let me reconfirm. Monster truck tyres ARE expensive. Depending on the make and other factors, they can cost anywhere between £1,750 and £3,500.
Fact # 4- Monster Truck Tyres are Actually Floatation Tyres
Getting a bit technical, we have to tell you that monster truck tyres belong to the category of tyres called floatation tyres commonly seen in heavy agricultural and earth moving vehicles. The design principle involved here is that the abnormally large size of the tyre evenly spreads the weight of the vehicle over a larger footprint and thus reduces compaction. Thus the monster truck tyres are operational at a relatively lower air pressure as compared to the weight they carry, offering greater stability, comfort and handling to the driver.
Fact #5 – Other Uses of Monster Truck Tyres
Surprised? But there is another use for these versatile tyres – as fitness equipment. This video demonstrates how. Go ahead, source one (worn, no longer in use) tyre from a tyre dealer. But er…just make sure you have enough room for it at home. After all it is a monster truck tyre.
Here is a list of the 10 most incredible monster trucks on earth. I can’t help but be in awe of those humungous tyres. What do you think?