How Super Truck Racing Works

Super Truck Manufacturers
MAN AG is a German-based manufacturer that competes in the series.
MAN AG is a German-based manufacturer that competes in the series.
Courtesy of MAN Group

Truck racing is a truly international sport with venues and driver nationalities from around the globe, and the trucks themselves are a melting pot of makers' labels as well.

In his time on the track, Stuart Oliver has seen many truck makers hit the pavement, ranging from Mercedes to Renault, with the German-based MAN AG leading the pack. British race truck driver Carl Brookfield said he sees similar machines in his races but added Ford, Foden, ERF, DAF, Volvo, Scania, SISU and Seddon Atkinson to the manufacturer list.

Like the drivers, the trucks are straight from the world of over-the-road hauling. "You don't really have super trucks anymore," Brookfield said. "You just have truck racing." This move away from the glitz and glamour of what was once considered super truck racing (and still is in some circles), was based largely on economics. Similar to NASCAR in the United States, sponsorships for the teams has withered as company dollars, Euros and pounds are directed towards survival and away from "non-essentials" like the racing programs.

In the United States the big movers and shakers in the truck world are Freightliner and Peterbilt for the rolling stock, Detroit and CAT for the engines and Allison transmissions providing motive force to the wheels.

The mention of the United States in the truck racing mix is because while super truck racing once made a debut in America, it ultimately failed; however, it's still possible to see some super truck action in a few places here.

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