justin lofton trophy truck badco

The Mint Machine #BadCO

Not everyone can say “I won The Mint 400”, only the Elite in Off-Road have the honor to claim such an epic phrase. To claim it twice is where the Legends come in. This is where just a handful of people like Fritz Kroyer (’71 and ’72) Malcolm Smith (’77 and ’78) and in recent history, Andy McMillin (’09 and ’14) and Bryce Menzies (’13 and ’18) have such an amazing achievement, but then there’s only one who can say “I won the Mint 400 three times”…

three times mint 400 champion justin lofton trophy truck

In this 2019, Justin Lofton became the only driver to claim the feat three times, first winning twice in a row (’15 and ’16) and then winning the very last edition this past March. Justin Lofton on board of BadCo had made history and this is just a small tribute to the only person on Earth and his machine who has all the bragging rights in the “Great American Off-Road Race”

OwnerJustin Lofton
BuilderJimco Racing Inc.
Date Completed2017
ChassisJimco
Weight
Wheel Base125” / 3,175 mm
Track Width92” / 2,336 mm

Performance

EngineChevy Aluminum Small Block V8
Cooling
ExhaustStainless Steel Headers
Plumbing
TransmissionTurbo 400 Automatic with Converter
Driveline
Hubs
BrakesBrembo Calipers, Tilton Pedals, 14” Rotors
Fuel CellJimco Custom Aluminum Cell with Pyrotect Bladder

Exterior

 Tires40″ Tall Tires on 17″ Wheels
2 Spare Tires
Wheels17” Method Race Wheels
Paint/ Graphics
BodyJimco
Front Suspension24” Wheel Travel, 4.0 King Shocks
Rear SuspensionJimco Hybrid Rear Suspension, 24” 4.4 Rear Full Bypass Technology
SteeringJimco
WiringMotec Electronics and Chassis Harness by TRH Wiring
LightsBaja Design’s

Interior

Navigation Lowrance GPS
CommunicationKenwood 50w Radio, PCI Intercom
SeatsImpact HS1’s
SafetyImpact Safety Harness and Window Nets.
Ernesto Araiza

Being born right in the heart of Off-Road Racing, Ernesto always had a dream to be an Off-Road Racer. After finish college he ditched his engineer career to chase the dream of action photographer. It didn't took long to get spotted by MadMedia where he still works. In less than 5 years after 'going pro' he reached some of the most important peaks in his life working for several international brands and events like the Rally Dakar. After 30 years of dreaming, he still have one goal in mind, to keep his face full of dust.