Truck Racing: The best of two worlds
When the giants of the race track thunder across the track, then the elemental forces of heavy commercial vehicles and motor sport of the extra class meet. An encounter that fascinates almost everyone.
Anyone who sees a race truck in action for the first time immediately forgets all prejudices about trucks as strong but slow cabinet walls on the motorway: optimized for the circuit, the production-near, approximately five ton heavy race trucks deliver almost 1200 hp on the asphalt and thunder over the track with up to 160 km/h. Even in a sprint from 60 km/h against a professional touring car these giants have a good chance.
What makes the FiA European Truckracing Championship so unique for the drivers and teams is the immediate proximity to their fans. As Formula 1 and other racing series pay attention to the distance between drivers and spectators, truck racing offers barrier-free racing without fear of contact. Those who are guests come to the pit lane to be amazed and get to know each other, sometimes even have a direct look over the mechanics' shoulders.
The similarity between race trucks and standard trucks concerns above all the standard body and the basic design of the vehicles.
For performance and safety reasons, many details of the trucks are optimized for racing. For example, race trucks may use engines with a displacement of up to 13 litres. The performance is limited by an air restrictor in the intake tract. The position of the motor is also usually moved backwards to ensure a better centre of gravity. The minimum weight of the race trucks is 5.1 tons.
However, standard safety systems are forbidden: Drivers must do without anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and anti-slip control (ASR) and rely entirely on their driving skills. This fact guarantees spectacular manoeuvres on the race tracks.
On the race weekends there are always two qualifying races and two championship races. This results in a spectacle in four acts on two racing days, in which the race trucks and their pilots share the roles of the leading actors fairly.
Information about the FiA European Truck Race Championship (FIA ETRC)
This year's European Championship comprises eight events in eight European countries. In the FIA ranking, the FIA ETRC takes second place with the fascinating race trucks in the on-site spectator ranking - directly behind the Formula 1 World Championship.
FiA ETRC Dates 2019: