Jeep Races Gladiator at KOH
To showcase the new Gladiator, Jeep worked with Savvy Off Road to prepare the Jeep pickup to run in the King Of The Hammers race.
They raced the Every Man Challenge race, in the 4600 Stock Class. To prepare the JT for this race, Savvy installed Dynatrac Dana 60 axles front and rear, upgraded Fox reservoir shocks, and in the rear fabbed a custom link and coil suspension. Other features of the truck included a roll cage, 35” tires on beadlock wheels and a winch. As per class restrictions, the stock 3.6 L Pentastar was used.
The truck was piloted by Robby Gordon and Erik Miller. Gordon would drive the Desert lap and Miller would handle the rocks section. The team had the JT in the #1 spot during qualifying. Having to run the stock 3.6L in such a big vehicle had to hinder the teams performance in desert part of the racing. That’s a lot of weight to be pushing with the stock 285HP/269ftlb.TQ.
When it was all said and done, the JT finished in 6th place in their class...not bad for the first time out on a new platform. Credit Savvy Off Road with a great build/prep, and Jeep for hiring two of the best off road racers in the business.
To just be able to finish this race says a lot about race prep, vehicle durability and driver skill. Hats off to Jeep for entering the JT in KOH race and showing us what it can do.
I have to say, it looks pretty damn good lifted and sitting on 35’s! Really looking forward to seeing more modified JT’s. I think Jeep has a huge hit on their hands here!
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