Polvoorde Racing | Southern California, USA
From the skies to the racetrack, the PT6 turboprop engine’s proven reliability helps professional trophy truck driver, Christopher Polvoorde, navigate the intricacies that come with the sport. While this industry crossover doesn’t quite look like a PT6-powered trophy truck, the iconic Pratt & Whitney Canada engine plays a critical role on race days through dependable transportation.
Trophy trucks are built to endure treacherous terrain and reach speeds upward of 120mph. Competing in remote areas of the world, Polvoorde’s team relies on their PT6-powered Pilatus aircraft to transport team members and parts to and from racing sites.
“It’s saved us multiple times when we’re racing for 24-30 hours straight and [truck] failures happen. We’re able to get parts and continue on,” Polvoorde explained.
With more than 500 million flying hours throughout its 60-year history, the PT6 engine is designed for efficiency. “Horsepower, reliability and low operating cost” provide Chip Polvoorde, team owner, with peace of mind. Access to reliable transportation can either make or break a race – the culmination of months of preparation and training.
The PT6 turboprop engine is a critical enabler to Polvoorde Racing’s success, demonstrating the wide-reaching impact Pratt & Whitney Canada’s dependable engines have on lives and industries around the globe. Watch the video below to hear from the Polvoorde Racing team on how the PT6 engine sits at the intersection of off-road racing and aviation.