You may or may not know about the Monster Jam truck series. Monster Jam is the pinnacle for any monster truck driver or enthusiast. The trucks weigh nearly 12,000 pounds and fly through the air higher than they rightfully should. Oh, and for horsepower, yeah, they make a wild 1,500 horsepower out of nitro-burning engines.
The newest addition to Monster Jam made its debut in Nashville, Tennessee, at Nissan Stadium on June 23. BroDozer was the first diesel-powered truck to compete at any Monster Jam event. There have been diesel-powered monster trucks, but they haven’t actually hit the big stage. The hit television show on the Discovery Channel, Diesel Brothers, teamed up with some of the industry’s best to create this build. The truck is a completely custom tube chassis riding on a set of monster BKT tires. Weighing in at 12,000 pounds, the Diesel Brothers machine must make some serious horsepower to compete.
For years, gas engines have dominated this sport because no other alternative has appeared. The diesel industry is rapidly growing and we are seeing more diesel-powered vehicles in gas-dominant sports. It was only a matter of time until a group of the right companies hit the drawing board to build something the crowd won’t forget.
BroDozer’s arrival is the result of countless hours of research and development as Monster Jam continues to broaden their horizons and create a greater appeal to a wider audience. The truck was inspired by the namesake BroDozer created by “Heavy D” Sparks and “Diesel Dave” Kiley from the show. It took a collaborative effort from Monster Jam, Diesel Brothers, Wagler Competition Products, and S & S Diesel Motorsport to make it all a reality.
There were a variety of obstacles to overcome in developing the truck. The powerplant had to be built within USHRA specs. Efficiency was a key consideration, which resulted in several repeat tests to ensure the build met their expectations. While the mechanical crew was working to create an engine that met exacting standards, the fabrication crew set about the task to mimic the iconic look of the orignal.
In Nashville, BroDozer was driven by Heavy D, who has undergone extensive training at Monster Jam University in preparation for his debut. Diesel Dave, who is also trained for possible future driving appearances, is expected to be on hand to cheer on his best friend during the event.
Luckily for them, the Diesel Brothers have Wagler Competition Products and S & S Diesel Motorsport on board in this build. Pushing this tank through the air is all because of a Wagler-built, 6.6-liter Duramax diesel with S & S Diesel tuning and fueling components. This engine is like most diesels – turbocharged with a large compound setup. The engine is equipped with a 68/70 turbocharger fed by a 3×3.35 Precision Turbocharger. Additionally, the fuel to support this amount of air is forced from a Waterman lift pump. From there, it feeds into 200 percent over stock LBZ injectors and twin 10mm CP3 injection pumps from S & S Diesel.
This Wagler-built diesel engine made nearly 45-psi of boost in the launch during the testing session prior to the event. Coming from a fellow enthusiast, that is leaving the line hard with those big tires. Backing this fire-breathing machine is a Powerglide transmission. An aftermarket transmission like this can withstand nearly anything thrown at it.
After speaking with Luke Langellier from S & S Diesel, he assured us the truck would be making some great power this weekend. “We are excited to see a diesel-powered truck out here under the lights and in front of all of these fans,” said Langellier. “The truck should be making more than 1,000 horsepower during its runs.”
Heavy D qualified with the fastest racing time out of all of the trucks. After a slight misjudgment, Heavy D was barely beat out in the first round of competition. Still upbeat and excited for more, Heavy went on to do very well in the two-wheel challenge. He did tricks with including wheelies, stoppies, and bicycles.
Team BroDozer has a ton of work to do to get this truck 100-percent, but for its first outing, it did very well for itself. It qualified number one in racing, placed well in the two-wheel challenge, and led the freestyle challenge scoring for most of the night. Maybe one day we’ll see a new king on top.
For more information on the BroDozer and the rest of the trucks, be sure and check out Monster Jam’s website. What do you think about the diesel monster truck? Let us know in the comments below.