Originally based from Chevrolet's station wagon platform, the Chevrolet El Camino was introduced in 1959 as Chevrolet's answer to Ford's success with their Ranchero pickup, and spanned 5 generations from 1959-1987. The fifth and final generation that spanned from 1978-1987, shared chassis components from the Chevrolet Malibu, and were the first to use Chevrolet and Buick V6s. A small block 150/165 hp V8 was also an option, and an Oldsmobile diesel engine was made optional from 1982 to 1984.
40,932 1980 El Camino vehicles were produced, differences from the previous year were minimal apart from engine choices being altered slightly. Horsepower increased in the base V6 from 94 to 115 hp, the smaller 267 and 305-cubic-inch V8 were available, with each producing 125 and 155 hp respectively. A 3 speed floor shifted manual was standard, however the optional 3 speed automatic was the more popular choice.
Introduced in the Black Market Update, the El Camino is a Class A monster truck that was released as the 4th Special Project vehicle, following the Ford Mustang Mach 1, and happening before the Equus 2017 Bass 770.
The El Camino was obtainable through its Special Project in June 2017. As a low Class A monster truck, building it requires 10 of its blueprints, and starts at a rank of 17. 275 credits are needed to change oil, and take 2 hours to complete.
Like all other monster trucks, the Chevrolet El Camino 1980 has been radically modified to fit onto a monster truck frame, and is of fictional design. The body itself appears to be the base trim. At the front, 7 fog lights are attached to the front bumper, a bull skull is fixated on the grille, and twin 4 tipped exhaust pipes protrude from the hood. At the back, A bed rack is attached, alongside with a spare wheel and fog lights on the roof. Like the DeLorean DMC-12, the interior visibility is limited, in the El Camino's case, it is due to the truck bed, and reinforced side windows.
Being the only monster truck in the game with a notably longer nitro duration compared to its archetype, the Chevrolet El Camino 1980 is a very unique vehicle which provides a different spin on the monster truck playstyle by being a monster truck/truck hybrid. With its lengthier duration, all-in nitro streaks are much easier to maintain. This means that whereas other monster trucks may not be able to sustain an all-in nitro for longer periods of time, the El Camino can use an all-in for longer, and earlier, giving it a unique edge over its Class A counterparts. The El Camino still retains its monster truck abilities however, and with its lengthier nitro being helped with one of the faster accelerations of the archetype, it becomes a terrifying threat at the start of races due to knockdowns being much more feasible than with other monster trucks.
There are 2 very big flaws of the El-Camino, with one being its lackluster top speed, and the other is the chronic unpredictability of the El Camino. The handling itself can be very vague which is hard to adapt to, and the El Camino often causes random collisions that slow the player down even when driving on flat ground. Even worse is the tendency for the El Camino to wreck upon landing flat spins, leading to frustrating results. Despite these issues, the El Camino can be used for multiplayer to fit a niche of picking out slower accelerating cars in addition to the more forgiving nitro duration and acceleration, skill will be required in order to hold onto the lead if a strong start is achieved via knockdowns.
As a Class A vehicle, the El-Camino is locked to 35 without the use of rank up tools. At low ranks, the El Camino is a very good option for multiplayer as its top speed is not as severe as it is at higher ranks, and still can be a threat at the starting line. At level 35, The El-Camino becomes the fastest Class A monster truck, being able to use an all-in at sections where other monster trucks cannot due to its nitro efficiency. At level 50, the El-Camino can be described as a buggy sidegrade to the Chevrolet Bel Air. While both have very powerful nitro, the Bel Air has a higher top speed, is more stable and has better handling, whereas the El Camino has a longer nitro duration. While the Bel Air may be faster, some may find the longer nitro the El Camino provides a more valuable asset. Unfortunately, when comparing to the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Monster, the El-Camino is usually 2 seconds off the pace, making it a questionable choice for time-limited events. Furthermore, the buggy physics and the unresponsive and vague steering makes it a very frustrating vehicle on tracks that feature small bumps on the road, particularly in Mountain Village.
Speed Modifier Approximation
* when using the Land Rover Defender as 100 % benchmark
The Chevrolet El Camino has the highest speed modification in the monster truck archetype, which means that the actual top speeds are higher than what they display. Despite this benefit, the El Camino still lacks in top speed, being quite far behind the Bel Air and much further behind the Silverado 2500HD Monster. Extra Tank is recommended to increase top speed, and with the lengthier nitro duration, it's much easier to do lengthy all-ins if the physics issues are to be ignored.
In terms of time-limited events, the Chevrolet El Camino 1980 is available in a handful of events. Most notable is the Porsche Macan Championship in which it is the car that is featured. This means that in the event that the player has nothing else at Level 35 or higher, the El Camino is the best choice for the championship. A bonus is that the championship track is Temple Race, a map where only monster trucks dominate. The El Camino can be useful here, but it's simply better to use a similarly ranked or maxed out Bel Air or Silverado Monster if the option is there. Another redeeming quality is that the El Camino has a special box that increases chances to get its blueprints, making it an easier Class A vehicle to max than the Ford Mustang Mach 1, and Chevrolet 3100 Pickup.
While a case can be made for the El Camino's usefulness at maximum rank, it is better to keep it at lower ranks as it is less buggy and quite competitive at these levels. While ultimately not at the same level as the Bel Air or the Silverado Monster, the El Camino can be a fun alternative that is more suited to multiplayer if the player can tolerate the unpredictable physics and frustrating handling characteristics
|Chevrolet El Camino 1980 Blueprint – Last checked: Jul 1, 2021|
Rarity: Class A
Vehicle: Chevrolet El Camino 1980 (10 to build, 5 to overclock)
Availability: Boxes, Championship Warm-Up, Black Market
- Race 225 (Class S, levels 35–37)
- Recommended level: 37