2017 safety and technical regulations

1 vehicle eligibility

1.1. Bandit series race entry is limited to mass-produced (over 1,000 total units) class 7or8 cab-and chassis commercial tractor-trucks that were legal for us or canadian or exported from the us. Street and highway use at the time of their manufacture non-street legal, custom-bodied trucks and/or single-seat “yard mules” are not approved for competition.

1.2. All trucks competing in the bandit big rig racing series must meet the following criteria.

1.3. Vehicles are limited to one steer and one drive axle only, no power driven front ends allowed.

1.4 must meet a minimum weight of 11,500 pounds with driver at the completion of any practice or competition.

1.5 weight includes fuel, oil, water tanks and driver .

1.6 may be of “oem” conventional or cab-over design; may be a day-cab or sleeper, provided that the wheelbase of all trucks is between 144” and 176”.

1.7 the exterior appearance of the cab of the truck may not be altered in any way, except for reinforcing panels and/or joints ie no chopping the roof line or std cab extremities.

1.8 minimum height of cab is 8′ and maximum overall height of the truck is not to exceed 11’-0”. (including exhaust stacks).however cab may be loweredto the top of the frame by removal of the cab suspension only.

1.9 cab must remain in an “above frame” state, no lowering of the cab below the stock frame rails is permitted.

1.9 all competition vehicles must meet all safety and performance standards detailed in the bandit series competition rules (bbrrs) as prescribed in the following.

2engines / drive train:

2.1 engines and transmissions must be located within 4″ of the stock location; no major

set-backs or relocations are allowed.

2.2 replacement engines or transmissions may use adapter plates to attach to stock

frame mounts provided they meet the 4″ rule. Adapters may off-set engine and/or transmission locations by no more than 4.0” vertically or front to back, no side shift is permitted.

2.3 radiators may be enlarged or replaced with alternate units.

2.4 minimum engine displacement: 10 liters; maximum engine displacement: 16 liters.

2.5 engine must be 4 stroke configuration.

2.6 engines may be a replacement; however, the engine must be one offered by the

truck manufacture in some chassis model. Engines may be of a different model year than the truck chassis and must be of the model used in a truck released for the usa or canadian use.

2.7 all engines, regardless of size, must have a single-stage turbo. (with the exception of the caterpillar acert and detroit dd15-16, mack mp8, and cummins 475 mvt)

2.8 turbochargers may be of any make or model. With the exception of the above stated twin turbo setups which must be factory original spec’d turbos. Regardless of configuration, the inducer size is limited to 80 mm, no exceptions. Any turbo larger than 80mm will require a turbo restrictor.

2.9 camshaft must remain oem, no custom ground shafts permitted.

2.10 no dry sumps permitted. Fuel /oil coolers are permitted.

2.11 transmissions may be standard or automatic, however they must be commercially available, no super truck transmissions are permitted.

2.12 all transmissions must have a working reverse gear.

2.13 clutch: must be commercially available, no custom clutches or torque converters.

2.14 final drive: limited slip differentials are permissible. Traction control devices are prohibited.

2.15 a stock commercially available rear-end housing must be used in stock lateral position, no alteration to the housing is permitted to attain any camber alteration. No two speed rear ends are permitted.

2.16 exhaust downstream of the turbocharger may use a muffler or dpf, due to the high heat generated by after treatment devices they are “not” permitted to have any regen function/diesel fuel injection after the combustion chamber.

2.17 exhaust systems must have a minimum of two (2) 3/8” diameter bolts crossed (“x”) in the exhaust system.

2.18 excessive smoke will be grounds for a black flag and possible dq from the event at the stewards discretion.

2.19 exhaust may exit via “stacks or weed burners” your choice.

2.20 one (1) drive-shaft safety loop, made of 2” wide x 1/4″thick steel strap, must be installed for every 48” of drive-shaft, equally spaced. (yes, that means that a 49” shaft needs two.)

2.21 the position of the driveshaft safety loop shall be no more than 12” behind each u-joint.

22 engine fuel introduced into the combustion chamber is limited to #2 diesel fuel only. Nitrous, methanol, propane and ether and water injection are prohibited. Under no circumstances is any “combustible ” permitted to be introduced into the exhaust stream after the combustion chamber.


3.1 trucks may use either air operated drum or disk front brakes, provided the braking system (including but not limited to all friction components, lines, brackets) is available from either an oem or commercially available aftermarket supplier.

3.2 trucks must use oe, dot approved air operated rear drum brakes.

3.3 custom or non-oe friction material may be used for brake lining, but stock

brake shoes or brake pad backing plates must be utilized.

3.4 all trucks must utilize a water spray system to maintain brake cooling.

3.5 std dual circuit brake actuation via the “foot pedal” only are mandatory, driver regulated “rear only” brake modulation is acceptable via a regulator placed inline between the foot pedal and rear axle brake valve.

3.6 std class 8 type air over spring parking brakes must remain operable at all times and all controls must remain within reach of the driver while seated and seat belts fastened. Parking brake controls must be clearly identified inside the cab.

3.7 maximum air system pressure not to exceed 130 psi. All air tanks must be securely attached to the chassis and must be dot approved tanks.

3.8 antilock brakes are illegal.

4.0 chassis / suspension

4.1 a minimum of 60/40% wt ratio, 60 frt. Minimum/40 maximum rear .

4.2 weight of each axle must be equally distributed left to right within 400lbs .

4.3 minimum ground clearance for the side pods and coverings is 8”.

4.4 must have straight axles; no independent suspensions. (front or rear)

4.5 we recommend you add a third-link; differential link to the frame for rear-end roll under acceleration/deceleration.

4.6 a maximum of four(4) additional cross-frame bracings are legal.

4.7. All cross-frame supports must be perpendicular to the main frame rails, no x members permitted and properly attached to the “stock frame rails.

4.8 limit one shock per axle corner. Coil over’s are prohibited.

4.9 leaf spring front suspensions only. Modification may include two (2) coil springs on the front axle (1 per side) in conjunction with leaf springs.

4.10 rear suspension is to be of an oem commercially available configuration, using air bags or leaf spring.

4.11 modification may include two(2) coil springs per rear axle (1 per side) when replacing the air bags, (combination of both coil springs and air bags is prohibited). May use coil springs in conjunction “with leaf springs”

4.12 driver may not have the ability to adjust any aspect of the suspension during competition including shocks, ride height, spring rate or axle roll.

4.13 anti-roll (sway) bars: legal

4.14 a stock or semblance of a fifth wheel is required.

4.15. Front axles must be a commercially available unit “from a truck oem” with a single piece center beam and non adjustable stock spindles fitted to each side via stock “king pin” style fitment.

4.16 caster: the front steer axle can be set to a maximum of +25 degrees caster by the means of castor angle adjusting wedges , provided that the front axle remains in the stock, originally engineered position no lateral offsets allowed. U-bolts will be “sealed after initial truck inspection. If seal has been broken a re-inspection shall be conducted.

4.17 camber: the front steer axle and its wheel camber is to be set at zero degrees camber (+/-1.5 degrees total) measured on a level surface with the front wheels in a straight-forward position if caster blocks are used.

4.18 if caster blocks are 10 degrees or less, the front axle may be bent a maximum of 10 degrees camber in the straight forward position.

4.19all suspension must retain oem design and must be based on dot approved parts.

4.20 a stock steering gearbox or “factory rack and pinion specifically used on the vin# of the truck” and steering pump for the manufacturer of the applicable chassis must be maintained.

4.21 all vehicle vin #s to be provided to bbrrs tech for verification of factory configuration.

5.0 roll cage/body

5.1 roll-cages : the driver’s compartment must be fitted with an internal safety cage. Minimum acceptable safety cage requirements are detailed in these regulations. The roll cage should follow the full outline of the cab’s interior. (vehicles with substandard welds, improper mounting, inadequate fitment or poorly engineering design will not be allowed to compete.)

5.2 the minimum base plate area is 8” x 8”, using 1/4″steel plate(please note bigger is better).

5.3baseplates must be bolted using minimum ½” diameter grade 8 hardware to the cab floor using a matching thickness and material base plate as a mating plate. Under-cab, matching roll cage base plates must be firmly attached to the chassis (bolted with grade 8 fasteners minimum qty of 4 1/2″ diameter grade 8 or better fasteners, or welded solid) .

5.3 the cab exterior may not be modified for the fitting of a safety system or device, basic design examples can be found in the tro rules and the btra.

5.4 all roll-cage material must be a minimum of 2.0” od x .120” wall seamless steel.

5.5 a minimum of three (3) horizontal… or… two (2) “x” and one (1) horizontal driver’s side door bars are required. Intersecting vertical support bars are also required; minimum two (2) full sets for horizontal bars…or… minimum one (1) center bar for “x” designs. The gutting of interior door panels and the modification of interior sheet metal for the fitment of all roll-cage components is allowed. Door bars may extend into the cavity of a gutted door to provide additional room for the driver’s seat. Roll cages are to be attached to the cab structure floor at a minimum four (4) locations. Additional tabs, attaching the roll cage to various points of the cab are highly recommended.

5.6 all main hoops shall incorporate a 1/4″inspection hole drilled in such a location as to allow a tech inspector ample room for caliper measurement. All welds recommended to be completed by a certified welder. These requirements are minimum. Additional reinforcements are acceptable.

5.5 front and rear guards must be fitted to the front and rear of the vehicle, they must be capable of supporting the vehicle weight when jacked up. These guards are to same material and size as the roll bars.

5.6 guards must be constructed of minimum 2.0” od x 1/8” (wall thickness) box tube and maximum 3.0” od x 3/16” (wall thickness) tube

5.7 bars (front and rear guards) must have a 5/16″inspection hole drilled for easy access by bandit series technical inspectors. The tube structure may not be skinned and must remain open tubing. These guards must meet the following specifications.

5.8 for the front guard only: the main hoop of the guard must be vertical (+-5 degrees) and must not extend any further forward than four inches than the front face of the standard bumper. The highest edge of the guard must be in line with the highest point of the standard bumper. The front bumper may remain or be removed. The front guard must be attached directly to the frame rails only, and all the attachments must be forward of the complete front wheels. The front guard assembly must be a minimum of 80% of the measured width of the vehicle and not exceed the overall width of the body.

5.9 for the rear guard only: the rear face of the guard must be vertical (+-5 degrees). No part of the rear guard may extend more than six inches behind the end of the chassis rails. The highest point of the rear guard must be level with top of the frame rails.

5.10 the overall width of the rear guard must extend to the centerline of the duals (+/- 1”) or centerline of super singles. They cannot extend beyond the outermost tread of the tire. The rear guard must be attached directly to the frame only and all the attachments must be rearward of the complete rear wheels.

5.11 front and rear bars must be between 11” and 16”above the ground.(consider on track access when configuring your height).

5.12 the ends of all tubes must be closed. Bottom tubes must be joined to top

tubes, no sharp edges or corners permitted.

5.13. All trucks shall be equipped with side crash bars. Assemblies must include a minimum of two horizontal bars (2.0” od x .120” wall or 2.0” square x .120” wall steel) no greater than a 18”on centerline. Vertical support bars can be no more than 24” apart between each vertical tube.

5.14 side bar guards: the side bar assemblies must be bolted or welded to the truck frame rails to ensure integrity during competition contact. Side bar assemblies may be comprised of a single piece or multiple independent sub-assemblies. If sub-assemblies are installed, a maximum spacing of 2” may exist between any two sections. Side bar assemblies must extend to within 1″ of the widest measured point of the vehicle tire track and cannot exceed 2” of the widest measured point of the original vehicle.

5.15 the length of side bar assemblies shall be no more than 12” from the outside diameter of the front and/or rear tire. All terminating ends of the side pod assembly must be capped and must contain an intersecting vertical support bar no more than 1/2” from the end of the tube.

5.16 all side bars must be installed such that the bottom of the assembly is no less than 8” and no

more than 12” from the racing surface (ground line) and must maintain a height equal to the top frame rail within 1 inch.

5.17. The side bar assemblies must be covered in fiberglass, aluminum or sheet steel, and all bodywork is to be securely affixed to the assembly.

5.18 all trucks are required to have the supplied “minimizer” fenders installed per the manufacturers recommendations.

5.19 vehicles with tilt cabs must have an additional device in addition to the normal tilt lock mechanism which will prevent cab tilt. The weakest part of the device must be either one steel bolt or pin of at least 3/4” diameter or two steel bolts or pins of at least 5/8” diameter. No exceptions.

5.20 all hoods should have additional retention locks.

5.21 all trucks must have clearly identified tow points, front and rear bars are acceptable, add-on hooks cannot protrude past the bars.

6.0 safety

6.1. All required driver’s safety equipment must be installed, in use at all times during practice, exhibition and competition. Teams are responsible for maintenance of and proper use of the safety equipment, and compliance with all bandit series’ rules and regulations.

6.2 professional racing seats are required for all driver seats. All seats fitted must be mounted solid per manufacturers recommendations.

6.3 the driver’s seat must be attached to the roll-cage by no less than four grade 8 bolts, 3/8″ minimum.

6.3. The back of all driver’s seats must be minimum height of the middle of driver’s helmet or higher.

6.4 passenger seats and safety equipment must be of the same specification and installation as the driver. No passengers are allowed during any bandit series competition. Passengers may be allowed by bandit series officials during ride-along sessions at reduced speed.

6.5. Harness requirements: all drivers in bandit series sanctioned events shall utilize a minimum five point sfi certified, current dated restraint harness system.

6.6. Harness must be installed per manufacturers recommendations.

6.4 side windows are to be removed from the vehicle.

6.5 windshields: oe windshields may, optionally, be removed. Stock replacement windshields or lexan are acceptable. Plexiglas plastic is not acceptable.

6.6 approved alternate material windshields must have minimum thickness of 3/16”.

6.7 cracked windshields will be carefully scrutinized. Damaged windshields as deemed unsafe during safety & tech inspection, will be required to be removed prior to competition.

6.8 all trucks with lexan front windshields are required to have a minimum of one vertical support installed on the inside of the cab within 3 inches of center of the windshield, and within 1/2″ of the windshield and shall be no less than 1 inch wide x 1/8 inch thick (aluminum or steel), and shall be bolted or riveted to the chassis or roll-cage at the top and bottom of the support.

6.9 all competition trucks must have an sfi-approved driver’s side window net installed and attached to the roll-cage. If a passenger seat is installed a passenger window net is mandatory.

6.10 all window nets must cover the entire window opening. Extensive openings, as defined by bandit series officials, will not be allowed to participate

6.11 side window openings must remain open.

6.12 steering wheels: quick-disconnect steering wheels are mandatory.

6.13 all bandit series competition vehicles must have a self-contained, single-action (push-button or pull-handle) fire suppression system installed.

6.14 fire suppression systems need must have sfi or fia certification.

6.15. Minimum 10 lb capacity , cold fire systems are not approved.

6.16 minimum three (3) extinguisher nozzles; one (1) pointed centrally towards the top and center of the engine, one (1) pointed towards the driver’s area and the egress door, and one(1) pointed aft aiming at the fuel cell/lines area. In the event of added nozzles you must match the system capacity to the desired number of nozzles and area of coverage.

6.17 all fire systems must be installed with an internal (cab) and external activation device, accessible by corner workers and emergency teams.

6.18 all on-board fire extinguishers/systems shall be identified at the external activation point of the fire extinguisher.

6.19 all helmets must be a currently certified full face with neck restraint attachments.

Type m (motorcycle helmets) or other non-sa helmets are not allowed.

6.20 neck brace – helmet support: necksgen or hans style devices are mandatory

6.21 helmets showing sign of abuse or accident damage or lack of proper neck restraint attachments shall be cause for immediate failure of tech and safety inspection and must be discarded.

6.22 all driver’s suits must have a valid fia and/or sfi certification.

6.23. If using a single-layer sfi 3.2/a1 or 3.2/a3 suit, the driver must also wear fire-retardant sfi- or fia certified top and bottom undergarments. Multilayer suits rated sfi 3.2/a5 or higher may be worn without undergarments.

6.24 fire-retardant fia- or sfi-rated socks, racing gloves and shoes are also required with all

single and/or multi-layer suits.

6.25 certified head socks are strongly encouraged but are not mandatory

6.26 annual gear inspection process. Initial inspections will require all driver gear to be presented for inspection. Approved gear will be issued an annual inspection helmet sticker. Any driver found to be using unapproved or unsafe replacement gear after completing the annual inspection will be fined $1.000 and suspended for 1 one race for the first offense.

6.27 a second offense would be considered a blatant disregard of safety and will result in a $5,000 fine and a one year suspension.

7.0. Batteries/ electrical:

7.1 all batteries must be sealed units.

7.2 all batteries must be fully secured.

7.3 batteries may not be located in the cab.

7.4 electrical disconnect switches: all trucks must have two (2) racing-type master electrical disconnect switches, wired in series, each switch must interrupt all power circuits.

7.5 all trucks shall have one electrical disconnect switch mounted in an area of the cockpit, accessible by the driver while secured in the driving seat by all safety restraints

7.6 all trucks shall have one electrical disconnect switch mounted to rear of the

cab exterior and must be accessible as to be reached from either side of the truck, and properly identified.

7.7 all mechanical pump and common rail equipped engines must be equipped with pre turbo air interrupt device. This device can be operated either electrically or mechanically.

The engagement of the device must be located inside the cockpit accessible by the

driver while secured in the driving position with all restraints in place. A second actuation point must be accessible by track/safety workers from the exterior and located in close proximity of the electrical disconnect.

7.8 standard identification of the switch is required.

7.9 all trucks shall have a minimum of two (2) operating brake lights.

At all times, it is recommended that one (1) brake light be mounted to the rear of the cab at a height of no less than six (7) ft from the track surface.

8.0 tires/rims/ and mounting hardware

8.1 tires must be series approved (rear tires may be super single or dual)

8.2 dot rims are required.

8.3 no split rims permitted.

8.4 all lug nuts must be covered by an acceptable device or be recessed european style lugs.

8.5 all removable balance weights fitted on any rim must be welded or screwed to the rim, centramatic balancers are permitted and recommended.

8.6 right front steer must maintain 100 psi at all times, left front steer must maintain 90 psi at all times.

8.7 rear tires must maintain minimum of 20 psi.

8.8 no alterations to the tire tread, grinding of or softening are prohibited.

9.0 fuel, oil & coolant recovery systems

9.1. Fluid leaks must not be present in the pits or on the track prior to or during any competition.

9.2 no fluid filtration permitted inside the cockpit.

9.3 all fluid connections must be oem or dot approved.

9.4 coolant: coolant must be water only–no antifreeze. Anti corrosion additives / water wetter are permitted. An overflow tank is mandatory.

9.5. All saddle tanks and/or stock fuel tanks must be removed.

9.6 all fuel cells must be mounted between the frame rails aft of the cab.

9.7 all fuel cells must be certified for motorsports use.

10.0. Cockpit:

10.1 all hardware must be secured.

10.2 all vehicles are required to have the standard left and right as well as center rear view mirrors.

10.3. Firewall: no openings are permitted, they must be closed with metal.

10.4 camera mounts: roll bar mounts are the only legal in cab mounts permitted.

10.5 cool suits and drinking systems: cool suits and drinking systems are allowed in all vehicles. All tanks must be secured according to manufacturers specifications. Driver-connections must be quick-disconnect or break-away.

11.0. Communications/timing:

11.1 every team must have 2way radio communication between the driver and crew; driver must have a hardwired system with std wheel activated talk button. Each team must have “separate channels” no truck to truck communications permitted. Pre race inspections by the “bbrrs” will be enforced.