Josh Daniel, a fierce competitor who’s been around off-road racing for decades, is the co-owner of DanZio Performance Engineering with Chris Muzio. Successful in Class 1 competition, the duo are debuting the first 1,000 HP twin-turbo Trophy Truck at the Mint 400 in March. The great American off-road race, the Mint 400 is the oldest, roughest off-road race in the U.S. Started in 1967, the 400-miler is part of off-road racing legend.
DanZio is hoping this will add to the edge it possesses in building, mapping, tuning and wiring its own race cars and trucks. To ‘Pistol’ Pete Sohren, who advocated other forms of induction to lower costs and increase service life intervals, the turbo can be used to adjust power for qualifying and reset to a more reliable race tune, along with increasing the longevity most Trophy Truck teams are experiencing.
According to Daniel, “I’d rather not release all the specs, but it is based on a small block Chevy V8. I understand everyone’s point. Some are negative, most are positive, but all are curious. We’ve built and tuned a lot of turbo engines before with great success.”
Daniel goes on to say, “I’ll keep my opinions and theories about how, what, or why we are setting our truck up to myself for now, but I believe that what we’re doing will work awesome. I can’t wait to the race the Mint 400 and throw down with the biggest names in off-road racing. It’ll be a wild show.”
No doubt Daniel will be looking to take another award even before the race starts, as Method Race Wheels posted a bonus of $5,000 for the fastest overall qualifier for the Mint 400. Check out the video and see what 1,000 HP of twin turbocharged V8 sounds like!