Monster Jam: Monster Truck Fun Facts

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Once a year, Monster Jam rolls into town with performances at Rosemont’s Allstate Arena. It’s loud and dramatic, and an exciting outing for the whole family. We’ve attended Monster Jam a few times and you can read about our experience at Monster Jam in 2013.

Upcoming shows

Monster Jam usually performs at Rosemont in the early part of the year, usually January or February. The 2018 Monster Jam Triple Threat show is March 2-5. Monster Jam travels all over the country; to see additional shows, visit the Monster Jam ticket page.

Monster Truck Facts

  • Height – Approximately 12’ / 3.6 Meters
  • Width – Approximately 12’ / 3.6 Meters
  • Length – Approximately 20’ / 6 Meters
  • Weight – 10,000 lbs / 4500 Kilograms
  • Tire Size – 66”/ 167cm / 1.7 Meters X 43”/ 109cm / 1 meter on a 25” / 63.5 cm Tall Wheel
  • Motor Type – Supercharged Fuel Injected Big Block American V8
  • Motor Size – less than 575 cubic Inches / 9.4 Litres displacement
  • Horsepower – 1350 – 2000+
  • Top Speed – 70 MPH/113 KM/H. Monster trucks are equipped with tachometers which measure the working speed of an engine versus speedometers which measure vehicle speed.
  • Suspension Travel – 20-32” – Fully adjustable Nitrogen or Coilovers
  • Chassis – Custom Steel minimum of 8 points that attached to main chassis
  • Body – Fiberglass Composite with Lexan Windshield
  • Fuel Capacity – 22 Gallon/ 83 Litre Fuel Cell
  • Fuel Type – 99.9% Methanol (Alcohol)
  • Fuel Economy – 7 Gallons per Mile/17 Litres per Kilometer
  • Truck Safety
    • 50+ point safety inspection before each show
    • Remote Ignition Interrupter (RII) that Track Officials can shut a truck off at any time
    • On Board Fire Extinguisher System
    • Driver Safety
      o    5 Point Racing Harness
      o    Fire Resistant Suit, Shoes, Gloves and Racing Helmet
    • Transport Trailer (loaded) – 62,000 lbs / 28,000 Kilograms

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About Monster Jam Events:

  • At Monster Jam, monster trucks face off in two different forms of competition — side-by-side racing and freestyle:
    • Side-by-side racing – traditional bracket racing, where the first truck, with the least amount of penalties, that crosses the finish line is declared the winner.
    • Freestyle competition – allows drivers a limited amount of time on the open floor to show off their skills and stunts. In this category, the fans serve as the judges.
  • 2007 was the 25 year anniversary for the Grave Digger Team.
  • More than 4 million Monster Jam fans attend events each year worldwide.
  • The World Finals in Las Vegas, NV brings 24 of the top trucks in the world to compete for the World Freestyle and Racing Championships. Competitors are by invitation only.
  • A monster truck race team will travel 45,000 Miles / 72,400 kilometers a year by land to attend events.
  • Typical monster trucks cost $600,000 yearly to build, staff, compete, transport and maintain on the Monster Jam tour.
  • Steel body full-size cars are the vehicles typically crushed during a monster truck event.
    • Cars, as well as vans, buses, motor homes, airplanes and ambulances, are attained from local junkyards and returned after each event.
    • Average number of cars crushed per year: 3,000.

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