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  1. lol, why does it even matter what others think? It's been repeatedly proven that Tesla Model S cars always demolish ICEs off the line, and in many cases 1/4 mile straight lines against cars that cost several times more (and the Tesla is not exactly built for top speed). But don't take my word for it, go look it up for yourself. There are probably hundreds of videos of Model S cars destroying ICE-equipped cars with ridiculous amounts of horsepower, like the 800+ HP Dodge Demon; to engineering marvels like the McLaren 720s, along with plenty of other supercars. If a mess of a company like Tesla can achieve this, imagine what will happen when real car companies like Porsche, Audi, VW, Ford, etc start releasing electric vehicles... Now considering MTs involve short bursts of power on smaller tracks, it's a no-brainer as to what would happen with a properly engineered electric monster truck. It would be game over for stage 3 trucks. Bigfoot would once again be banned from competition, just in time for the 30 year anniversary of the first banning. 😅
  2. Well, you've managed to completely misunderstand everything I wrote. 🤣 But I'll just leave you with this: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/aus/2017/01/21/serena-williams-nicole-gibbs-australian-open/96876832/ Apply this to any other physical sport. It's why real sports are segregated by gender. It's why trans women entering women's sporting events demolish actual women and vice versa. It's scientifically proven and you can't use emotions to debate such a thing no matter how much you want to believe what you've been told by a feminazi who probably knows nothing about the actual history of feminism. Superiority in sporting events doesn't make one gender overall superior because there's more to life than sports, and both can perform various tasks better than the other, and when paired they can compliment each other really well. It's the way the world has worked for thousands of years. P.S. monster trucks are not a physical sport, or even a real sport.
  3. This mentality is one of the problems with younger generations. Everyone is now "good vibes only" where reality is not allowed to enter their "safe space". No critical thinking, no sort of thought process whatsoever; just living on non-stop erratic emotions. Not saying this describes you at all, but it's okay to have deep discussions.
  4. The loudness argument is weak. Probably one of the most talked about motor sounds in MT history has to be BF 8 & 9 -- for a while they ran mufflers which were super quiet with a whistle. People loved it because it seemed futuristic and different. Also, large, powerful electric motors, especially 4-8 running at once, are NOT quiet, just different. The performance alone would make you forget about lack of ICE sounds, especially if you saw a stage 3 truck being embarrassed by an electric stage 4. It would be like this: And as for the culture you love, try to preserve it and live the life you want to live. Otherwise, you'll never be happy.
  5. Yes, electric or something else. Electric makes the most sense, and not just from a marketing standpoint -- the performance advantages alone would absolutely destroy anything a current MT can achieve. Comparing an electric stage 4 truck to a stage 3 truck would be similar to comparing stage 2 to 3, which was a massive jump in its own right. Independent suspension, minimal drivetrain, a motor for each axle or wheel, insane acceleration, low cost, etc. Throw this technology in with demanding tracks that actually put truck integrity and driver talent to the test and it could be incredible. Let's face it, a Monster Jam truck with 30-year-old technology performing 19 backflips while the driver makes a cup of coffee isn't going to get a Ford or GM executive to think "wow, we really need to be a part of this again!", nor will it capture the attention of a real motosport fan long enough to make them a hardcore fan. As for automation, technology changing the world and making manual labor tasks more simple is nothing new because this has been happening since the beginning of time. The loss of skilled jobs and government dependency in the US started many decades ago with an on-going weaponized globalist agenda, which includes moving jobs overseas, defunding public education (and re-writing history books!), killing traditional family values by putting both parents to work (to tax both parents/have kids raised by public education & Hollywood; nothing to actually do with female empowerment), and infiltrating the country with drugs via "wars" and big pharma -- just to name a few because this list is endless. Therefor I think lack of skilled labor is largely unrelated to automation, because for every area that becomes automated, often new avenues open that need actual human hands; it's just that too many people lack guidance, are under-educated, and are intoxicated with drugs and the entertainment industry (politics, TV, films etc) to the point where they cannot focus on living meaningful lives, nor would they know how if they could focus. It's a completely broken system that will either work itself out with a happy medium of man-machine, or humanity will end. But humans will always still do things, just differently. For example, eventually the average person might not manually drive cars around towns, but that is great because at this point the average person is so irresponsible and incompetent, they have no business being behind a wheel in the first place. But I think/hope there will always be people actually driving and racing. The last thing I will say is, the problem with technological advancements is rarely ever the technology itself, it's the abuse of technology by corporations/politicians/government (all the same same thing at this point). Take the Internet for example, what a wonderful thing it could be... Except it's really not. It was in the cards all along to infiltrate every human with a device that would allow governments and corporations to monitor every move of every human; and the progress of this agenda since 9/11, and the effects it has had on society (globally) are truly terrifying. In the beginning, few had any idea of the repercussions it would have on society, and most were distracted by all of the amazing possibilities. On one hand, it's given people like me and you the ability to share our creations and communicate with one another (in which before probably wouldn't have been possible), but overall I think the cons outweigh the pros by a large amount which is why people are always trying to "disconnect" from social media, but can't escape it. We are literally living in a dystopian sci-fi story, and few seem to notice it's the same story that has been told a million times over the past 75 years.
  6. I have watched and kept up with monster trucks for 32 years now (before points racing even existed!). I witnessed it go from exhibitions to full-blown racing, before ultimately having the sporting aspect stripped, leaving it a circus show on wheels for children. Monster trucks have not been a legitimate form of motorsport since 1998, with USA Motorsports live on TNN's Motor Madness being the final piece of the puzzle. USA being purchased by Pace, Pace splitting with Bigfoot, and the addition of freestyle all led to the absolute death of monster truck racing -- the sport -- and all of this happened within one year. It was mind blowing to witness this happen in such a short period of time because the future of the sport seemed so bright with the live telecasts on TNN, which produced some of the best MT racing I've ever seen (next to TNT), and the Monster Truck Madness game series (made by the most valuable company in the world at the time) which were insanely popular. I do think it's possible for it to return where it left off in 1998, but stage 4 trucks would need to be built, freestyle would need to be dumped; and they would likely need to use some form of alternative power in order for manufactures and other corporate sponsors to associate with monster trucks again. I just don't know if enough people would care as nothing is "shocking" any longer in this modern jaded ADHD world. NASCAR, which I have watched for over 20 years as well, in my opinion has never produced better racing than what we have been seeing for the past 4-5 years. If fans who complain about modern NASCAR were actually around to watch racing from 20 years ago, they wouldn't be complaining today, because a lot (but not all) of those races were REALLY boring. I'm talking 400+ mile races with little to no cautions, and sometimes no lead changes. And very few cars had chances of winning back then. With that being said, I don't think the actual racing has anything to do with lack of spectators in the stands today. NASCAR simply got too big, too fast; and it was nothing more than a trend. Like all trends, it crashed, and crashed hard. However, the TV ratings really aren't that bad (especially the races on local channels), and certainly not as bad as people are being told because the Nielsen rating system is obsolete and broken; and doesn't take in account modern TV viewing habits. NASCAR seems pretty healthy to me, it's just that people keep comparing it's current popularity to a level from 15-20 years ago that was simply not sustainable. It will never be that big again and could be compared to pro wrestling in the 90s, or even monster trucks during the 80s. And there's also the issue with young people being less interested in cars, and it's probably only going to worsen as fewer young people get their licenses and choose to use Uber-type services instead. The world is definitely changing, and changes this century will only become more dramatic. Most racing series' will likely fold, but the ones that remain could produce the best racing we've ever seen. For example look at Formula E. Formula 1, the supposed "pinnacle of motorsport", hasn't produced racing as good as Formula E in well over a decade. So many huge auto makers and sponsors have left F1 for FE, and it's only just begun. The obvious direction of motorsport is electric power, which FE has exclusive FIA rights for until 2039. This means the most popular form of motorsport in the world (F1) will have no choice but to find some other form of alternative power, merge with FE, or fade away like IndyCar; and this will have to happen within the next decade because auto makers are not going to continue to dump money into a series that is not relevant to what they sell to consumers. This logic could also be applied to monster truck racing (if it were to ever return.), and NASCAR. All in all, I wouldn't say motorsports have declined, but rather the number of series have declined; and the modern world is going through a huge transitional period (in terms of technology) in which things are so different than they were even 10, 15 years ago. There is a lot of good racing all over the world, with some series only getting better. I think the best is yet to come, unfortunately for things like monster trucks, they are long gone and might never return.
  7. Whoa, that's really nice, and that site is wild!
  8. Lots of amazing stuff in this thread from everyone! I've been working a lot on my electric stage 4 trucks. After making the radical Le Mans/Dakar rally-style Straker body, the other two looked like dinosaurs. I ended up making new Ford and Praxis bodies as well that are more sleek and aggressive looking. The bodies will all extend to the bottom of the chassis, which would keep a lot of debris out of the electronics, and the cabins will be airtight. Basically they are monster cross-country rally vehicles now. The Ford will have a unique door setup -- a door and an opening panel next to it. The cabin door opens upwards, and the panel opens downwards, which will be a set of steps. So if you were entering the truck, you would walk up the steps, then step to the left and enter the cabin through the door opening. You can see the outlines of the doors in the Ford in the last photo. Everything other than the bodies in these models are placeholder parts.
  9. I actually worked on it a few weeks ago for the first time in a long time. It's far from finished, though (I wish I could find a high quality 3D model to modify, but the ones I have found were very expensive). Hopefully I will have more time for it soon.
  10. I'm in the process of rebuilding the Straker Omega/4 electric truck. Still a lot of work left, but so far I think it's fun in an over-the-top way. It will be interesting to adapt old liveries like Taurus, Stomper, Equalizer etc to something so futuristic. Edit: This is basically the Raptor version of the Omega/4, which would still fit within the Powertrax production vehicle rule.
  11. Awesome work! If I may suggest a few things, the front wheel wells on Bigfoot need to be a bit larger, and the Ford flags should have a 2D blue oval logo instead of the 3D version.
  12. I haven't posted here in a while, but I've been hard at work on trucks and tracks. This is a Mickey Thompson stadium-inspired track that I just started (yes, they all start out looking this rough 😂). I'm still trying to figure out how to place crushable cars on elevations, but when I do there will be plenty of cars to crush when going up the large three-step hill climb.
  13. I've been experimenting with crushable cars. I had to reverse engineer DiggerFan's and make them from scratch. I haven't noticed much (or any) of an FPS drop, so I've decided to add them to all of the tracks in the Powertrax series. The way they launch trucks in the air due to the springiness is really fun and realistic. The only problem I've encountered thus far is when loading some tracks, the cars fall through some track mesh surfaces, down to the heightmap; but for some reason they worked in this first track. For the second track, the dirt they are sitting on is barely above the heightmap level, but you can see how they are somewhat sunken into the dirt rather than sitting on top. If someone can help me fix this problem, and if DiggerFan doesn't mind that I used his .load file as a template; I'd like to release these in the scrapyard for everyone to use.
  14. I have a ThinkPad W540 laptop. I went into the system BIOS and loaded the default settings.
  15. I'm adding crushable cars to all of my tracks, but I'm running into an issue that I'm not sure how to properly explain. Basically, my tracks are meshes with no heightmaps; so tracks with elevated areas are raised above the actual ground in RoR. When loading the track in RoR, the crushable cars (.load files) instantly fall through the mesh and land on the default ground. This is a view from the cars, showing both above and below the track surface. The black area is the ground. This is where the cars should be sitting: This is a view of all of the elevation changes. Matching a heightmap with this mesh seems incredibly difficult, if not impossible; unless there is a method I am not aware of. Is there a way to prevent this, or do I have to use heightmaps?
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