How Fast Do Rock Crawlers Race? Can They Even Drive That Fast?

Ever wonder how fast a rock crawler truck can go? Well, that depends on the size of your tires. If you have huge, knobby tires then you could probably get up to 60 mph if not more. However, if you are limited by smaller and more rugged terrain then it will be much slower since the only thing keeping your vehicle from getting stuck is traction.

There are several different types of rock crawlers so it depends on the type you’re talking about but most will be able to reach speeds upwards of 40 miles per hour or more. However, keep in mind some trucks are specifically designed for off-road use only which means their speed limit is limited to around 30 mph max.

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You may also want to consider whether your truck has a low range or high range transmission because this can have an impact on its top speed as well. What’s your favorite kind of rock crawler?

Rock crawlers are typically not built for speed, but they’re not designed to race on pavement. Most rock crawler enthusiasts participate in organized rock crawling competitions. This type of racing can take place on rock courses, or mounds of dirt and mud. The racecourse is typically dotted with obstacles such as rock piles, trenches, and water pits. Each racer tries to navigate the track quickly while maintaining control over their vehicle.

The rock crawler vehicles used in these competitions are different from rock crawling pickups or SUVs in that they’re designed for maximum torque to weight ratio, which allows them to climb and crawl over rocks and mountains.

These types of rock crawlers generally have 4-wheel drive, high torque engines capable of reaching speeds up to 50 miles per hour. However, rock crawlers are not designed to race on the pavement. They are designed to go over anything. Their tires can only reach speeds of around 40-50 miles per hour. That is pretty dang fast for a rock crawler. More so they drive under 10 mph.

10 mph.

Not all rock crawlers have huge knobby tires and tall suspension travel though. Many rock crawling trucks use off-road-ready pickup truck chassis with the body removed and replaced by steel plating, offering maximum rocker protection. Some rock crawlers also have rock sliders mounted to the rocker panel to protect them from rock damage.

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Some rock crawler enthusiasts in southern California participate in rock crawling races held annually at Lake Elsinore and Buttonwillow Raceways each year. Rock crawling trucks can be found all over the country, but are most prevalent in rock crawling tourism areas such as the WV, PA, and VA.

Mountain rock crawlers can be found in many different areas. Most rock crawler racecourses are designed to test the driver’s ability to maintain control over their vehicle while driving on very uneven, rock-covered terrain. These types of rock climbing vehicles use special high clearance wheels that allow them to traverse steep and rugged mountains.

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They have heavy-duty axles and suspension systems so they can go over obstacles without getting stuck or flipping over.  All rock crawlers are four-wheel drive, but a few also have rear-wheel steering. Rear-wheel steering allows the rock crawler to make tight turns at very high speeds without flipping over.

Written by Mud Flap

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