707-horsepower 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: The Most Powerful and Quickest SUV Ever

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707-horsepower 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: The Most Powerful and Quickest SUV Ever

  • Most powerful SUV ever: Supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivers 707 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Quickest SUV ever: 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.5 seconds, quarter mile in 11.6 seconds and top speed of 180 mph
  • Upgraded TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and driveline components engineered to handle additional torque output
  • 60-0 mph braking performance of 114 feet
    • New Brembo braking system includes largest-ever front brakes on a Jeep® vehicle
  • World-class on-road driving dynamics: Upgraded TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and driveline components, five drive-mode Selec-Track system and Bilstein adaptive damping suspension
  • Aggressive, functional exterior appointments include unique quad-tip exhaust and redesigned fascia that optimizes airflow and cooling
  • New standard 20 x 10-inch Titanium-finish wheels expose distinctive yellow Brembo brake calipers
  • Driver-focused interior: 7-inch instrument cluster with centered tachometer and 200-mph speedometer; 8.4-inch touchscreen with Trackhawk Performance Pages
  • More than 70 safety and security features
  • Loaded with advanced technology: New Uconnect 8.4-standard touchscreen includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
April 12, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Injected with an unmatched 707 horsepower courtesy of an awe-inspiring supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the most awarded SUV ever and the most capable full-size SUV on the planet has been transformed into the most powerful and quickest SUV ever.

Introducing the new 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

The new benchmark 707-horsepower supercharged engine combines with an upgraded high-torque capacity TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, world-class on-road driving dynamics and new Brembo brakes to deliver a new level of performance: 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.5 seconds, quarter mile in 11.6 seconds at 116 mph, top speed of 180 mph, 60-0 mph braking distance in 114 feet and .88 g capability on the skid pad.

“Long recognized as the full-size SUV capability leader, Jeep Grand Cherokee is now the most powerful and quickest SUV as well, with the introduction of our new 707-horsepower Trackhawk,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “The new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk delivers astounding performance numbers, backed by renowned SRT engineering that combines world-class on-road driving dynamics with luxury, refinement and an array of innovative advanced technology.”

Built in Detroit at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will arrive in Jeep showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Awe-inspiring 707 horsepower courtesy of supercharged 6.2-liter V-8
Powering the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivering 707 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque.

The breakthrough supercharged engine is designed and manufactured using only the strongest and most durable materials. Its cast iron block features water jackets between the cylinders for optimal cooling. A forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces is so strong it can withstand firing pressures of nearly 1,600 psi (110 bar) – the equivalent of five family sedans standing on each piston, every two revolutions. The unique, specially tuned crankshaft damper has been burst tested to 13,000 rpm.

High-strength, forged-alloy pistons – developed using advanced telemetry measurement – are coupled to powder-forged connecting rods with high-load-capacity bushings and diamond-like, carbon-coated piston pins.

Premium grade, heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads are optimized for superior thermal conductivity. Sodium-cooled exhaust valves feature hollow-stem construction and special steel-alloy heads that stand up to temperatures as high as 1,652 degrees Fahrenheit (900 degrees Celsius).

The 2,380cc per revolution supercharger includes integral charge-air coolers and an integrated electronic bypass valve to regulate boost pressure to a maximum of 11.6 psi (80 kPa). The twin-screw rotors are specially coated with:

  •   a proprietary formula of polyimide and other resins
  •   nanometer-sized, wear-resistant particles
  •   solid lubricants, such as PTFE (Teflon)

The coating enables tighter clearance between the rotors. This reduces internal air leakage, delivering improved compressor performance and higher efficiencies. The coating can withstand the temperatures generated by compression, and provides superior corrosion resistance.

The supercharger is sealed for life with premium synthetic oil, uses a drive ratio of 2.36:1 and has a maximum speed of 14,600 rpm. The supercharger drive system’s one-way clutch de-coupler improves refinement, while allowing for precisely the kind of powerful sound certain to captivate Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk drivers.

Air sources for the supercharger include a cold-air scoop in the lower front fascia, which replaces the driver’s-side fog lamp and helps to feed the 92mm throttle body.

The large-nosed crankshaft drives a high-flow gerotor oil pump, which feeds a lubrication circuit that includes eight high-flow piston-cooling jets. A high-capacity oil/air heat exchanger, mounted in the front of the Trackhawk, mitigates oil temperatures when driving conditions are harshest, such as on the track.

A new low-temperature cooling system, consisting of a pump, reservoir, heat exchanger and lines, help keep the charge air cool during performance driving. This system is designed to keep intake air temperatures below 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), under extreme ambient conditions, while enabling air flow of up to 30,000 liters per minute.

A new fuel delivery system, featuring two high-flow, multi-mode pumps, matches the high-performance demands of the engine.

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Upgraded driveline components, durability and refinement result in benchmark off-road performance
The performance of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is bolstered by various upgraded driveline components engineered to handle the additional torque output from the supercharged engine.

The standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission delivers improved shift response, quality and consistent performance and drivability. The transmission software takes into account variables such as engine torque gradients, kick-down events, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, grade changes, friction detection and downshift detection to determine the appropriate shift map.

Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is equipped with the Jeep Quadra-Trac on-demand four-wheel-drive system, which includes an electronic limited-slip rear differential and a single-speed active transfer case. The new, full-time active transfer case uses forged steel chain sprockets and a wider chain for added strength and durability.

A strengthened rear drive shaft connects to a new, stronger rear axle. The differential features a revised housing design, revised ring-and-pinion tooth geometry and new four-point axle mounting scheme for better load distribution, additional torque capacity and overall durability. Torque is delivered to the rear wheels via new ultra-high-strength 300M low-alloy vacuum melted steel half-shafts with upgraded eight-ball outboard constant velocity joints.

Standard Launch Control optimizes the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s performance by coordinating the engine, transmission, driveline and suspension for a textbook launch and consistent straight-line acceleration.

A new standard Torque Reserve system provides improved engine torque response and quicker vehicle acceleration in Launch Control by pre-positioning the supercharger bypass valve to generate boost and minimize manifold filling time, while cutting fueling to individual cylinders and managing spark timing. This generates a reserve of torque that can be instantaneously delivered upon acceleration from a standing stop.

The Selec-Track system on the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk uses performance-tuned software to pre-configure and distinguish the five dynamic modes, including:  Auto, Sport, Track, Snow and Tow, enabling drivers to choose a vehicle setting that ideally meets their requirements and ambient conditions. The drive modes separately control the four-wheel-drive system, transmission, paddle shifters, suspension and the electric power steering.

Dynamic drive mode configurations include:

  • Auto — Automatically adapts to any condition; uses a 40-percent front/60-percent rear torque split
  • Sport — Transmission shift times are reduced by 50 percent versus Auto Mode; stability control, four-wheel-drive and steering systems are set for typical enthusiast driving style; paddle shifters are enabled and suspension is tightened up without increasing impact harshness to deliver increased vehicle performance capability over Auto Mode; uses 35/65 torque split
  • Track — Transmission shift times are reduced 68 percent versus Auto Mode to 160 milliseconds; stability control, four-wheel-drive and steering systems are set for ultimate track performance; paddle shifters are enabled and suspension is set to full firm to deliver maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry surfaces; uses 30/70 torque split
  • Tow — Alters torque delivery off the line for greater smoothness and adjusts suspension to combat pitch and yaw to deliver maximum towing performance: uses 60/40 torque split
  • Snow — Maximizes traction to deliver optimized performance on snow and ice with reduced engine horsepower; uses 50/50 torque split

Trackhawk also features a Custom Mode that allows the driver to personalize the vehicle’s performance with a selectable driving experience offering a multitude of vehicle system combinations.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk rides on a short- and long-arm (SLA) independent front suspension with coil springs, Bilstein adaptive damping suspension (ADS), upper- and aluminum lower-control arms (“A” arms), aluminum knuckle, aluminum clevis and hollow stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is a multi-link design with coil spring, Bilstein ADS, aluminum lower control arm, independent upper links (tension and camber), plus a separate toe link, and a hollow stabilizer bar.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is capable of towing 7,200 pounds.

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New benchmark SUV stopping performance
New high-performance Brembo brakes include the largest standard front brakes ever offered on a Jeep vehicle. Up front are 15.75-inch (400 mm) two-piece vented rotors with six-piston calipers painted with a new distinctive yellow finish, and 13.78-inch (350 mm) vented rotors with four-piston yellow calipers in the rear for outstanding stopping performance, heat management and durability.

The new Brembo brakes bring the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to a stop from 60 mph in 114 feet. For added safety, the anti-lock braking, electronic stability control and traction systems are uniquely tuned.

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Aggressive and functional exterior
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk rides one inch lower than non-SRT Grand Cherokee models and is further set apart with body-colored wheel flares, side sill cladding and a sculpted hood with dual heat extractors.

The signature seven-slot upper front grille is flanked by adaptive, bi-xenon headlamps and surrounded by an LED character lamp treatment. The headlamps on the Trackhawk model feature a unique Gloss Black background to accent their jewel-like appearance.

The fog lights are absent from the Trackhawk’s front fascia to optimize airflow to cooling modules and air induction without compromising the vehicle’s balance.

From behind, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk features a unique Gloss Black rear valence that showcases four-inch Black Chrome quad exhaust tips. The new quad exhaust system design provides an exhilarating and unmistakable note during maximum acceleration.

A “Supercharged” badge on both front doors and a Trackhawk badge on the liftgate features a Liquid Titanium Chrome outline and Matte Black background.

New standard 20 x 10-inch Titanium-finish wheels with a Satin Chrome center cap showcase the distinctive yellow calipers underneath. Available lightweight 20 x 10-inch forged aluminum Low Gloss Black wheels save a total of 12 pounds versus the standard Trackhawk wheel. Grand Cherokee Trackhawk also features all-new Pirelli 295/45ZR20 Scorpion Verde All-Season and new Pirelli P Zero three-season tires with an increased speed rating.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is available in nine exterior colors: Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Diamond Black, Ivory Tri-coat, Bright White, Velvet Red, Rhino (exclusive), Redline 2 (exclusive) and True Blue.

High-performance, racing-inspired interior
The driver-focused interior features premium soft-touch materials, unique Light Black Chrome finishes and carbon fiber spears, and a 7-inch driver information display (DID) instrument cluster, which features the tachometer in the middle. The 200-mph speedometer is on the left side of the cluster.

The instrument panel center stack with new 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen features Trackhawk-exclusive Performance Pages that showcase an array of performance timers and gauge readouts, including a new engine dynamometer screen that measures instantaneous horsepower, torque and current transmission gear. The dynamometer screen also includes a new snapshot function for owners to save their readouts on a USB.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom features a bevy of comfort, convenience and connectivity controls and ergonomically efficient paddle shifters.

The Trackhawk features standard Nappa leather and suede seats with an embroidered “Trackhawk” logo. A fully wrapped Signature Leather Interior Package with “Trackhawk” embossed on the seats, optional in black and Trackhawk-exclusive black and Dark Ruby Red is available. Seats are also heated (front and rear) and ventilated (front). Dark Ruby Red seatbelts and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof are also available options.

A new Premium Metal Package is standard and enhances the Trackhawk’s interior with various upscale real metal accents.

Additional premium interior features include: standard Active Noise Cancellation; premium headliner; leather stitched instrument panel, doors, center console and armrest; Berber floormats with Trackhawk badge and available dual-screen rear-seat entertainment center with Blu-ray.

There is a choice of two audio systems, including an 825-watt Harman Kardon high-performance audio system with 19-speakers and two subwoofers.

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Safety and Security
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk includes more than 70 safety and security features, including Trailer Hitch Camera View at Speed, which allows owners to view trailered items through the rear-mounted camera while moving, and a Valet mode that enables the following vehicle configurations:

  • Engine is remapped to significantly reduce horsepower and torque; limited to 4,000 rpm
  • Transmission locks out access to first gear and upshifts earlier than normal
  • Transmission will treat the manual shifter position the same as the drive position
  • Traction, steering and suspension are set to their Street settings
  • Steering-wheel paddle shifters are disabled
  • Drive Mode functions are disabled
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) is enabled to Full-on
  • Launch Control is disabled

Drivers can activate and deactivate Valet mode with a personalized four-digit PIN code.

Other prominent, standard Grand Cherokee Trackhawk safety and security features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop; Advanced Brake Assist; Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection; Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation; Front and Rear Park Assist; Lane Departure Warning-Plus; Ready Alert Braking and SiriusXM Guardian and Roadside Assistance buttons.

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Advanced technology delivered with all-new infotainment system
New for 2018, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is equipped with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through the latest version of Uconnect’s 8.4-inch touchscreen radio system.

Apple CarPlay
Seamlessly integrates an iPhone with the vehicle’s built-in display and controls in addition to featuring Siri Voice control. iPhone-equipped drivers can make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, and receive voice-guided navigation optimized for traffic conditions and more, while staying focused on the road.

Android Auto
System shares useful information when driving and makes it easy to access the best of Google technology. Featuring Google Maps with free voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, and lane guidance; on-demand access to 30 million songs with Google Play Music; plus the ability to place phone calls or send and receive messages while keeping hands on the wheel; and ask Google search any question. Android Auto also makes it easy to access popular apps and content from the Uconnect system’s touchscreen.

The latest Uconnect operating system includes easy-to-use features, pinch-to-zoom display, enhanced processing power, faster startup times and touchscreens that display high-resolution graphics. Drivers and passengers also have an abundance of infotainment features at their fingertips with SiriusXM Radio, Travel Link, Traffic and Guardian Connected Services that provide real-time information.

FCA US Reports October 2016 U.S. Sales

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FCA US Reports October 2016 U.S. Sales

  • Ram Truck brand sales up year-over-year on strength of pickup truck and van sales gains
  • Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Jeep Patriot record sales increases in October, compared with same month a year ago
  • Dodge Journey full-size crossover sales up 17 percent versus same month a year ago
  • Jeep and Ram Truck brands take home the most awards of any manufacturer at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo hosted by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA)

November 1, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 176,609 units, a 10 percent decrease compared with sales in October 2015 (196,898 units).

FCA US retail sales were 135,808 units in October, while fleet sales were 40,801 units. Retail sales represented 77 percent of total sales, while fleet sales were 23 percent.

Ram Truck brand sales were up 12 percent in October as the Ram pickup truck posted a 7 percent gain and sales of the Ram ProMaster van increased 92 percent. Two Jeep® brand models – the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Patriot – turned in year-over-year gains for the month with sales of the Grand Cherokee increasing 9 percent. Sales of the Dodge Journey full-size crossover and the Fiat 500 were up year-over-year in October as well, with the Journey recording a 17 percent sales gain.

Ram Truck brand sales are up 11 percent calendar year to date through October compared with the same 10-month period in 2015. Jeep brand sales are up 10 percent calendar year to date as well.

Jeep Brand
Jeep brand sales were down 7 percent in October compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – were up 9 percent in October, versus the same month in 2015. In addition, Jeep Patriot sales increased 2 percent year over year in October. Jeep brand sales are up 10 percent calendar year to date compared with the first 10 months of last year. Four Jeep brand models earned TAWA awards at last month’s Texas Truck Rodeo. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon won the Off-road SUV category; the 2017 Jeep Cherokee was best Compact SUV; the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee won Mid-size SUV, and the 2016 Jeep Renegade earned best Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle. In addition, the Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel took home the Green ALV award at last month’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) awards.
FCA US LLC Sales Summary October 2016
Reflects New Methodology
       Month Sales Vol % CYTD Sales Vol %
Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Curr Yr Pr Yr Change
Compass 6,207 6,787 -9% 79,123 54,979 44%
Patriot 9,510 9,369 2% 105,549 99,035 7%
Wrangler 14,469 15,632 -7% 163,096 172,887 -6%
Cherokee 13,531 17,533 -23% 171,877 177,874 -3%
Grand Cherokee 17,867 16,405 9% 171,793 158,084 9%
Renegade 7,242 7,979 -9% 84,494 44,492 90%
JEEP BRAND 68,826 73,705 -7% 775,932 707,351 10%
200 2,843 9,066 -69% 51,802 147,602 -65%
300 3,051 4,311 -29% 47,091 44,121 7%
Town & Country 529 12,286 -96% 58,455 74,371 -21%
Pacifica 7,758 0 New 43,330 0 New
CHRYSLER BRAND 14,181 25,663 -45% 200,678 266,094 -25%
Dart 2,407 6,520 -63% 39,674 74,840 -47%
Avenger 0 22 -100% 44 1,279 -97%
Charger 6,792 8,936 -24% 79,062 81,519 -3%
Challenger 4,127 5,288 -22% 55,268 57,516 -4%
Viper 62 61 2% 509 582 -13%
Journey 11,912 10,198 17% 89,858 92,233 -3%
Caravan 11,563 13,524 -15% 114,295 78,907 45%
Durango 4,651 5,134 -9% 57,744 51,253 13%
DODGE  BRAND 41,514 49,683 -16% 436,454 438,129 0%
Ram P/U 43,891 41,042 7% 404,977 374,579 8%
Cargo Van 0 9 -100% 21 2,155 -99%
ProMaster Van 4,500 2,349 92% 31,044 21,574 44%
ProMaster City 1,052 925 14% 13,701 6,294 118%
RAM BRAND 49,443 44,325 12% 449,743 404,602 11%
Giulia 0 0 New 7 0 New
Alfa 4C 23 58 -60% 434 569 -24%
ALFA BRAND 23 58 -60% 441 569 -22%
500 1,276 1,180 8% 12,879 21,269 -39%
500L 119 290 -59% 2,920 7,044 -59%
500X 783 1,994 -61% 10,047 6,164 63%
Spider 444 0 New 1,875 0 New
FIAT BRAND 2,622 3,464 -24% 27,721 34,477 -20%
TOTAL FCA US LLC 176,609 196,898 -10% 1,890,969 1,851,222 2%
    Total Car & MPV 40,994 61,542 -33% 507,645 589,619 -14%
    Total UV’s 86,172 91,031 -5% 933,581 857,001 9%
    Total Truck & LCV 49,443 44,325 12% 449,743 404,602 11%

Method of Determining Monthly Sales. FCA US’s reported vehicle sales represent unit sales of vehicles to retail customers, deliveries of vehicles to fleet customers and to others such as FCA US’s employees and retirees as well as vehicles used for marketing.  Most of these reported sales reflect retail sales made by dealers out of their own inventory of vehicles previously purchased by them from FCA US.  Reported vehicle units sales do not correspond to FCA US’s reported revenues, which are based on FCA US’s sale and delivery of vehicles, and typically recognized upon shipment to the dealer or end customer. As announced on July 26, 2016, FCA US has modified its methodology for monthly sales reporting as follows:

  • Sales to retail customers by dealers in the U.S. are derived from the New Vehicle Delivery Report (“NVDR”) system and are determined as the sum of (A) all sales recorded by dealers during the month net of all unwound transactions recorded to the end of that month (whether the original sale was recorded in the current month or any prior month); plus (B) all sales of vehicles during that month attributable to past unwinds that had previously been reversed in determining monthly sales (in the current or prior months).
  • Fleet sales are recorded as sales upon the shipment of the vehicle by FCA US to the customer or end user.
  • Other retail sales are recorded either (A) when the sale is recorded in the NVDR system (for sales by dealers in Puerto Rico and limited sales made through distributors that submit NVDRs in the same manner as for sales by U.S. dealers) or (B) upon receipt of a similar delivery notification (for vehicles for which NVDRs are not entered such as vehicles for FCA employees).

Jeep® Grand Cherokee Wins Green ALV Award

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Jeep® Grand Cherokee Wins Green ALV Award, Ram 1500 Rebel Earns Best Value Off-Road Award at 13th Annual Carspondent.com Active Lifestyle Vehicle Competition

  • Jeep® Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel wins “Green ALV” category
  • Ram 1500 Rebel wins “Best Value Off-Road” category
  • More than 50 athletes and outdoor enthusiasts evaluated the vehicles and voted for the winners
October 26, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Jeep® Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel took home the Green ALV award while Ram 1500 Rebel earned Best Value Off-Road honors at this year’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) awards.

The 13th annual Carspondent.com “Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year” awards competition was held at San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona.

A panel of national and local media, including Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) members, spent the first day of the competition evaluating cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks. The second day brought more than 50 athletes and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the country to evaluate the same vehicles.

“Individuals with active lifestyles don’t want the vehicles they drive to limit where they travel, or the amount of gear they can carry,” said Nina Russin, ALV co-founder. “Ram Truck and Jeep proved that their vehicles perform equally well on- and off-road and offer spacious, configurable cargo areas that fill the squares for buyers who like to venture off the grid, carrying their bicycles, kayaks and camping equipment with them.”

The Active Lifestyle Vehicle competition is unique because it’s the only annual awards program where outdoor enthusiasts, athletes and the automotive media come together to pick the winners. The evaluation process includes navigating an off-road course and on-road driving, too.

The ALV awards were co-founded by Bob Babbitt, a member of the Ironman Hall of Fame, and Jim Woodman, longtime journalist, triathlete and founder of Active.com, as well as Nina Russin, longtime distance runner and auto journalist.

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Vegas To Reno Survival Of The Fittest For Jeepspeed Racers

 

Vegas To Reno Survival Of The Fittest For Jeepspeed Racers

Vegas To Reno Survival Of The Fittest For Jeepspeed Racers

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Merely finishing the Best In The Desert series’ Vegas to Reno race (V2R) is tough enough, but Jeepspeed racers were battling tooth and nail for every inch of the 644 miles. The General TireJeepspeed series presented by KMC Wheels and Premiere Automotive is known for stiff competition and affordable racing. At V2R, caution was thrown to the wind, competitive drive took over. The entire course was either covered in choking silt or littered with sharp rocks and boulders. This year’s event would take place over two days, with an over-night stop in Tonopah, Nevada. The break in action gave crews a chance to make repairs and drivers to catch their breaths. It also allowed a reversal of fortunes for some.  Jeepspeed had a good turn out with Cherokee, Wrangler, TJ, Comanche, Ram, Grand Cherokee, and 4 door Wrangler JK’s in the lineup.Jeepspeed, Jimmy Perry, General Tire, Premiere Automotive, KMC Wheels, Bink Designs

In the General Tire Jeepspeed Challenge class, the top two points leaders Skyler Gambrell and Tim Martin were showing the speed they have used to gain all those points. Gambrell drove the Coan Brothers red Wrangler to the class lead after day one. He caught and passed Rick Randall after Randall got stuck in deep silt. “We set off into the dust knowing there were bottlenecks in the silt beds ahead,” said Gambrell, “Race mile 6-12 had some of the gnarliest silt I have ever fought through. With a lot of luck I was still within the collision light of Randall as we headed up in the hills out of the silt. I managed to squeeze past him when he got stuck in a super silty 90 degree left hander and was first on the road at about race mile 20. I had no other excitement through the rest of the day but there were lots and lots and lots of silt beds and the blinding dust that comes with it. I made it to Tonopah 1st in class with about 30 minutes lead on a hard charging Randall.”

On day two, Perry Coan took the wheel with Gambrell riding in the right hand seat. Day two became a three-way battle for the lead between Coan, Randall, and Martin. “Somewhere past pit 9 we had a fuel pump issue,” Gambrell continued, “I decided to put a new pump on. While swapping pumps, Randall made his way past. We set off again with fuel pressure and time to make up! Unfortunately, our fuel issue was not resolved; it turned out to be a heat and altitude issue. We ended up dousing the pumps in cold water and it would spring back to life. I was out of the car a total of four times on day 2 monkeying with the pumps.”

“After a fuel stop at pit10, we pulled out of the pits about 4 seconds in front of Martin. We both left the pits neck and neck and shockingly saw Randall pulled over a couple miles out with the hood off. We were back into the physical lead with Martin right behind us. We had about an hour time cushion from day 1 so we kept our head down and clicked off mile after mile of clean running. We made it across the finish line at dusk with a class win in Jeepspeed! We are so stoked to keep a solid season going. We had no flats, and no issues other than the fuel pump. Thanks to Jeepspeed, Clive, Mike, and everybody else! Our General Tires and KMC Wheels were as tough as can be; we finished on the same four that we started with.” Gambrell finished an amazing 85th place overall.

Jeepspeed, Skyler Gambrell, General Tire, KMC Wheels, Vegas To Reno

In contention for the win, Rick Randall was actually driving wounded. He was trying a different air filter on day one and it collapsed in the housing. It choked off the engine causing his truck to die in a corner; the same one that allowed Gambrell to make his pass. The silt that flowed over his hood also got sucked through the intake and into the engine. After hundreds of miles, the grit inside the engine wore out the piston rings causing a lack of compression and stopping him dead in his tracks.

With Randall out, it became a race between Coan and Martin on day two.  “We had as close to a perfect race as you could get,” said Martin, “The truck was getting hot in all that deep silt on day one. We had to pull over a couple times to let it cool, but never got out of the truck. We figured that since we lost time on day one we would not be able to chase the leaders down on day two so we ran our own pace. We were surprised when we caught Randall and Coan at pit ten. A mile later Rick was pulled over and they had their helmets off. (Usually a sign that they will be there awhile). It was now a two truck race. We knew Pee Wee (Coan) was driving but both he and Skyler are very fast. It was very dusty until we got close to the finish; then it was rocks, rocks, and more rocks. We wanted to chase them down but decided it was better to finish on the podium than to break in the final miles.”

Tim Martin, Jeepspeed, Vegas To Reno, JAZ Products, General Tire, KC Hilites, Bink Designs

Finishing third was first time racer John Grewell. He used to pit for a Trophy Truck team and always wanted to get behind the wheel. He met Jeepspeed’s Mike Barnett who helped him locate a race Jeep and make the purchase. With strong support from Jeepspeed sponsors General Tire, KMC Wheels,Premier Chrysler Jeep of Placentia, T&J Performance, Rock Krawler, Synergy, Currie Enterprises, G2 Axle & Gear, Howe Performance, KC Hilites, King Shocks, Rubicon Express,SmittyBilt, and Rugged Radios, it makes it easy to get started.

Jeepspeed, John Grewell, KMC Wheels, Currie Enterprises, General Tire, Vegas To Reno

“I had very little seat time before the race but I had 644 miles to figure it out,” said Grewell, “The first ten miles of the course were just crazy. It looked like a war zone with trucks buried and rolled over everywhere and a thick layer of dust hanging over everything; the silt was unbelievable. We got through that but hit a corner a little too fast and rolled onto our top. We had to wait for a Best in the Desert official to turn us back over; that ended our day. We got it all fixed in Tonopah and were ready to go on day two. We had no radio communications so we couldn’t talk to the crew. We got to the last miles of the course and knew we were running third so we just wanted to make sure we made it to the finish. We had no flats the entire race except to one of our chase trucks. Going into one of the pits, the chase truck got two three flats from the rocks. We were out until 3:00 am trying to find them. We are anxious to go to Parker even though we’ve never been there and have no idea what it’s like.”

In the General Tire Jeepspeed Outlaws class, Mike Bragg and Billy Bunch were mixing it up for the win.
“We finished with all of our body panels on the first day when others were getting stuck in the silt,” said Mike Bragg, “We came up on that big mess and went way around it. We ran good all day at a steady pace. We were 15 minutes from the finish when we had to stop and swap the fuel pump. Day two the course was completely different. It was faster and a lot more fun.

Mike Bragg, General Tire, Mopar, Jeepspeed, KMC Wheels, Bink Designs, Vegas To Reno

At mile 490 there was a UTV blocking the course. We stopped and got stuck ourselves. We got out and parked on the side so we could get all our gear together. It was like quicksand; just the vibration of the engine running would make us sink. We sunk to the axles and it took three hours of digging to get out. We went so deep we could smell Chinese food. We had to stop at the next pit to get tires because we aired down to get unstuck. It was getting dark so we fired up our new KC Hilites LED light bar on the bumper. At dusk when the dust is hanging, it’s really hard to see. The KC’s really lit things up. Bunch got past us when we were stuck so we tried to run him down. We caught him and had a time advantage from the day before but we wanted to be first to the line so we passed him.” Not only did KC Hilites help Mike Bragg see where he was going, but they put up a nice 500 dollar bonus for all Jeepspeed class winners.

Jeepspeed, Kchilites Bonus, Vegas To Reno, Mike Bragg, Skyler Gambrell

“That was some of the most intense racing I’ve seen in 35 years of racing,” said second place in Jeepspeed Outlaws Billy Bunch, “It was the roughest Vegas to Reno in years. I was amazed anyone who didn’t have four wheel drive could get through there. In the first miles of the course I must have seen 20 some cars upside down, stuck or buried. The silt would stick to your visor. Once it was on there, you couldn’t get it off. It was like someone was standing on the hood with a snow shovel scooping silt through the windshield. Our radiator got packed full of silt and the motor started to shut down. Day two was rocky. We knew Bragg was coming but he already had time on us from day one. We knew he would stay on top in the Outlaws point standings but we are leading the Wrangler Cup points so we had to finish; we let him go and wondered if he would break. I think we have the most superior car out there but the driver is getting old. I just turned 73 and it takes a little longer to recover after a race. It’s going to take me a week after this race.”

Billy Bunch, Jeepspeed, General Tirem KMC Wheels, Jeep Wrangler, Vegas To Reno, Off Road Racing, Bink Designs

With the brutal Vegas to Reno race in the rear view mirror, the Jeepspeed series heads to Parker, Arizona for a two day sprint race October 6-9. For information about the Jeepspeed racing series go towww.jeepspeed.com.

Mike Bragg, Best In The Desert, Vegas To Reno, Bink Designs, KMC Wheels, General Tire

There you will find additional info, deals on some attractively priced race Jeeps, Jeepspeed news, rules, forums, race results, videos and much more. Go to the Jeepspeed forum and you can read in-depth race reports from many of the Jeepspeed teams.

Photography By: Bink Designs
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About Jeepspeed
The Jeepspeed series is a competitive, cost effective series that has pitted Jeep vehicles against each other on challenging desert courses since 2001. Unlike the more expensive spec racing classes, there is no obligation to purchase your race vehicle or parts from the series organizer. You build your own vehicle the way you like as long as it fits within the rules. Jeepspeed offers the most fun and closest racing in the desert today. Jeepspeed series is supported by General Tire, KMC Wheels,Premier Chrysler & JeepKC Hilites, Currie Enterprises, King Shocks, Rugged Radios, Rubicon Express, G2 Axle & Gear, Smittybilt, Rock Krawler Racing Developments, Poly Performance,Synergy Manufacturing and Howe Performance.

About General Tire
For 100 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of ARCA; Best in the Desert Racing Series; Major League Fishing; King of the Cage; Lucas Oil – Off Road Racing Series, Late Model Dirt Series, Pro Pulling League, Modified Series, Drag Boat Racing Series and ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series; Expedition Overland; FreestyleMx.com Tour; Zero One Odyssey; and Spec Tire of JeepSpeed. Team GT supports athletes: CJ Hutchins, Jim Beaver, Jeff Proctor, Chase Motorsports, Doug Fortin, Jim Riley, Camburg Racing, Lee Banning Sr., Bryan Folks, Jerett Brooks and Stan Shelton.

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KMC is redefining performance on and off  the asphalt with innovation, style, and a relentless pursuit to confront possibility. We are for the rule-breaking, game-changing individuals who defy conventional
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Grand Cherokee Shifter In The News

From Allpar.com…

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On Sunday, actor Anton Yelchin left is 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and was pinned against a fence by it.

The news media generally reported the story with a focus on the “recalled” Jeep. It had indeed been recalled, and not yet fixed, because the “fix” was not yet ready.  What is the fix? Making the transmission move into Park when the driver opens the door. READ MORE AT ALLPAR.COM

 

Allpar.com also has information on the shifter “fix” by FCA – Read about it here.

 

 

Jeep® Expands Cherokee Lineup With Premium Overland Model

2016 Jeep® Cherokee Overland

  • New 2016 Jeep® Cherokee Overland debuts at New England International Auto Show
  • More premium Jeep Cherokee model boasts an unmatched combination of luxury and capability in the mid-size SUV segment
  • Cherokee Overland delivers sophisticated styling, a well-appointed interior, a long list of premium standard features and legendary Jeep capability
  • New premium Cherokee Overland available in Jeep showrooms this spring
  • Jeep Cherokee sales increased 23 percent in 2015
January 14, 2016 , Boston – The Jeep® brand is introducing its new Cherokee Overland today at the New England International Auto Show, expanding the brand’s lineup to deliver consumers a new level of luxury combined with unmatched capability in the mid-size SUV segment.“The new Cherokee Overland model is a direct response to consumers looking for benchmark 4×4 capability that only Jeep can offer, in a stunning, more luxurious package loaded with premium amenities,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Cherokee sales increased 23 percent in 2015, and we expect the new Overland model will attract even more consumers into our Jeep showrooms going forward.”

The new Cherokee Overland joins Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models in the Cherokee lineup. With a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $34,695 (plus $995 destination), Cherokee Overland arrives in Jeep dealerships this spring.

2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland
An exclusive style, premium amenities and enhancements and a long list of standard equipment elevate the new 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland model to new levels of refined elegance and comfort.

The exterior of the new Cherokee Overland model features new body-color fascias with a bright front grille and chin extension, body-color door cladding and wheel flares, new 18-inch fully polished bright aluminum wheels, standard HID bi-xenon headlamps and “Overland” badge on the liftgate.

Inspired by the award-winning Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland model, the Jeep Cherokee Overland interior includes a host of premium enhancements, including a leather-wrapped instrument panel, power front driver and passenger seat with four-way power lumbar, a new Jeep steering wheel with Zebrano high-gloss wood trim, bright door sill plates, Berber floor mats, standard Nappa leather seats with ventilated/heated front seats, standard Alpine Premium Audio system, Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM radio with 8.4-in. touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Navigation, HD Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Traffic, Uconnect Access Advantage, and standard memory driver’s seat, radio and exterior mirrors.

In addition to the interior and exterior design enhancements and the standard equipment found on the Jeep Cherokee Limited model, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland model adds the following as standard equipment: power liftgate, blind spot monitoring and rear crosspath detection, Parksense rear backup assist system and a premium insulation group. The new Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 model comes standard with 8.2 inches of ground clearance to help drivers reach the most demanding destinations.

Living up to the “Overland” name, each Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 model comes equipped with the Jeep Active Drive II 4×4 system, which includes a two-speed power transfer unit, low range and an industry-first disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel efficiency when 4×4 capability isn’t needed.

In addition, the Jeep Active Drive II system features the Jeep brand’s Selec-Terrain traction control system. Selec-Terrain allows the driver, with a push of a button on the Selec-Terrain dial, to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. Four customized settings are offered on the new Cherokee Overland model: Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud.

Selec-Terrain is designed to optimize the four-wheel-drive systems for unsurpassed control and capability. Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control, including drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, ESC, transmission controller, powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control). The system also includes Jeep Selec-Terrain, allowing drivers to choose between four modes (auto, sport, snow and sand/mud), which optimizes the 4×4 system to the driving conditions.

Optional features on the 2016 Cherokee Overland model include:

  • Heavy Duty Protection group includes skid plates and full-size spare tire, 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with standard engine stop/start (ESS) fuel-saving technology, producing 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Technology Group includes advanced Brake Assist, auto high beam headlamp control, LaneSense Departure Warning Plus with Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning-Plus with crash mitigation, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, ParkSense front and rear park assist with rear stop, rain sensitive windshield wipers, wireless charging pad, remote CD player, engine block heater and sunroof.


Jeep Cherokee

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, superior on-road ride and handling, world-class craftsmanship, clever functionality and versatility, more than 70 available safety and security features and advanced user-friendly technology. The Jeep Cherokee stands out against competitors with unmatched off-road capability while not sacrificing on-road ride and handling, comfort or segment-leading features.

About Jeep Brand
Built on 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

Jeep® Brand Records Fourth Consecutive Global Sales Record

2016 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk
2016 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk
  • Jeep® global vehicle sales increase 22 percent in 2015 to highest total in brand’s 75-year history: 1,237,583 units
  • 2015 Jeep global sales total surpasses 2014’s previous record of 1,017,019 units
  • U.S. sales increase 25 percent to a record 865,028 units
  • Sixth consecutive year of Jeep sales increases globally and in U.S.
  • Jeep Wrangler, Cherokee and Patriot record best-ever global annual sales
  • Wrangler, Cherokee, Compass and Patriot achieve best U.S. annual sales
  • December marked the Jeep brand’s best monthly sales ever, globally (127,879 units, up 32 percent) and in the U.S. (89,654 units, up 42 percent)
  • Sales of every Jeep vehicle improved in U.S. in 2015
  • Sales of Jeep vehicles increased 56 percent in the Europe, Middle East & Africa region and 135 percent in Latin America in 2015
January 5, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Jeep® brand recorded sales of more than 1.2 million units worldwide in 2015 – the highest total in its 75-year history – setting a global sales record for the fourth consecutive year. Sales of 1,237,583 Jeep vehicles improved upon the brand’s 2014 global record of 1,017,019 by 22 percent. In the U.S., sales of 865,028 units bettered the 2014 total of 692,348 units by 25 percent.

“2015 marked the second consecutive year of more than 1 million Jeep vehicle sales across the globe, the sixth straight year of Jeep sales increasing globally and in the U.S., and the highest total in the brand’s 75-year history,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “While we introduced the all-new Renegade, which is delighting consumers across the globe, we’re especially pleased that several Jeep vehicles recorded best-ever annual sales, both globally and in the U.S.

“In 2015, we began local manufacturing in Brazil and returned to local manufacturing in China after an absence of nearly a decade, further globalizing the Jeep brand,” Manley added. “Now, in 2016, we look forward to celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Jeep, and continuing to deliver a full lineup of class-leading capable and efficient SUVs.”

Jeep 2015 sales rose 56 percent in the Europe, Middle East & Africa region and 135 percent in Latin America.

December marked the highest monthly sales ever for the Jeep brand, both globally (127,879 units) and in the U.S. (89,654 units).

Jeep vehicle sales were led globally and in the U.S. in 2015 by Cherokee (295,081 global; 220,260 U.S.), Grand Cherokee (277,236 global, 195,958 U.S.), Wrangler (255,283 global; 202,702 U.S.), Renegade (158,351 global; 60,946 U.S.), Patriot (143,003 global; 118,464 U.S.) and Compass (108,626 global; 66,698 U.S.).

2015 marked the sixth consecutive year of increased Jeep sales, both globally and in the U.S. The previous five years saw increases of 39 percent global/41 percent U.S. (2014), 4 percent global/3 percent U.S. (2013), 19 percent global/13 percent U.S. (2012), 41 percent global/44 percent U.S. (2011), and 24 percent global/26 percent U.S. (2010).

About Jeep Brand
Built on 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

Jeep® Brand: Freedom, Adventure, Authenticity and Passion

2016 Jeep® Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition
2016 Jeep® Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition

  • All-new Jeep® Renegade: most capable small SUV ever combines Jeep heritage with cool new styling to appeal to youthful and adventurous customers
  • Five 2016 Jeep SUVs achieve at least 30 miles per gallon (mpg)
September 1, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Now in its eighth decade of legendary heritage, the Jeep® brand continues to deliver an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that provide owners with a sense of safety and security to handle any adventure with confidence. Since 1941, when the first Jeep vehicle was born, the brand has continued to engineer and produce unique, versatile and capable vehicles.Since its inception three-quarters of a century ago, the Jeep brand has been closely linked with the ideas of freedom, authenticity, adventure and passion:

  • Freedom: Jeep vehicles have long been known as the “original fun and freedom machines,” those that “go anywhere and do anything.”  And from its beginning, freedom was at the forefront of the Jeep brand, given the role Jeep vehicles played in World War II
  • Adventure: Doers, dreamers, discovery — “going anywhere, doing anything”
  • Authenticity:  Being true to its heritage with an unwavering commitment to leading capability and strength engineered into all Jeep vehicles
  • Passion: Enthusiasm held by Jeep team members and vehicle owners for the unique lifestyle and vehicles offered by the Jeep brand

In 2014, the Jeep brand set its third consecutive all-time global sales record with 1,017,109 vehicles sold, bettering the brand’s previous annual highs of 731,565 units sold in 2013 and 701,626 units sold in 2012. 2014 marked the fifth consecutive year of Jeep sales increases globally and in the U.S.

In 2015, the Jeep brand expanded its lineup to the small SUV segment with the introduction of the all-new Jeep Renegade, which delivers a unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission that contributes to outstanding on-road driving dynamics, world-class refinement, two fuel-efficient MultiAir engines with more than 30 miles per gallon (mpg), and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology features. Renegade marks the fifth SUV in the Jeep lineup to achieve at least 30 miles per gallon (mpg).

With the greatest range of SUVs under one brand, the Jeep vehicle portfolio consists of:

Cherokee:  The mid-size SUV that offers legendary Jeep Trail Rated 4×4 capability combined with
no-compromise on-road driving dynamics and fuel economy improved up to 45 percent versus its predecessor.  The Cherokee delivers numerous innovative features, including a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, three new 4×4 systems, rear-axle disconnect, and a host of advanced safety, security and technology features

Compass:  A compact SUV with sophisticated, premium design, unsurpassed 4×4 fuel economy, freedom, utility, and Jeep 4×4 cachet and capability – all at a terrific value

Grand Cherokee:  The most-awarded SUV ever, balancing legendary Jeep capability with world-class craftsmanship, premium on-road driving dynamics and an array of advanced safety, security and technology features

Grand Cherokee SRT:  The best-performing Jeep vehicle ever, achieving 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, quarter mile in mid-13 second range and top speed of 160 mph, Grand Cherokee SRT is a powerful, refined, luxurious and technically advanced premium SUV

Patriot:  A compact SUV delivering the fun, adventure and value only Jeep can offer, with unsurpassed 4×4 fuel economy and segment-leading capability. Jeep Patriot is the best-priced SUV in America

Renegade:  The newest addition to the Jeep vehicle lineup, Renegade enters the growing small SUV segment.  The most capable small SUV ever, Renegade boasts legendary Jeep capability, superior driving dynamics, cool and youthful styling, more than 30 mpg fuel economy, and numerous segment-exclusive technologies once found only on premium SUVs

Wrangler:  The icon of the Jeep brand, it remains true to its heritage as the original fun-and-freedom machine.  Wrangler features a recently updated new interior and available premium body-color hardtop, along with the FCA US LLC 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers fuel efficiency, power and on-road refinement

Wrangler Unlimited:  The only four-door 4×4 convertible SUV on the market with room for five adult passengers, Wrangler Unlimited  also features an available premium hardtop and the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine.

Whether identified by their ownership of multiple Jeep vehicles, or their regular attendance at branded events, or by their abundance of Jeep gear – branded products from clothing to baby strollers – Jeep owners all have one common trait:  a vehicle providing benchmark all-weather capability that allows them to go anywhere and do anything.  It’s not unusual to see Jeep vehicles sporting a bumper sticker that reads, “It’s a Jeep thing…you wouldn’t understand.”

To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models are sold outside North America – and all are available in right-hand-drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

Jeepspeed Racers Prove, It’s Not Over Until It’s Over At Silver State 300

General Tire Jeepspeed Silver State 300, KMC Wheels, Premier Automotive

Jeepspeed Racers Prove, It’s Not Over Until It’s Over At Silver State 300

Alamo, NV
If there is one thing that characterizes the level of competition in the General Tire Jeepspeed Desert Race Series presented by KMC Wheels and Premier Chrysler-Jeep, it’s the famous Yogi Berra saying, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over. Like the Best In The Desert Silver State 300 course that climbs and drops over mountains and through valleys, Jeepspeed racers swapped the lead back and forth throughout the race. It’s amazing that a racing series that draws such a diverse field of vehicles can produce such parity and competition. 13 Jeepspeed Challenge Class 1700 entries entered the Silver State 300; one Wrangler, ten Cherokees, one Grand Cherokee, and the first short wheelbase Comanche Pickup truck.
Bob Mamer, Jeepspeed, Jeep Comanche, Silver State 300

At first glance, the #1707 entry of Perry Coan and Skyler Gambrell looked like a sure winner. Both drivers have a ton of racing success. They were in good equipment and they started on the pole. Despite losing a brake caliper early on, at mile 290 of 304 they looked like a sure bet to win. At race mile 290.5 they were out with a sheared sector shaft on the steering box. To add insult to injury, the shaft broke nearly flush with the housing; denying the crafty Gambrell from using vise grips or whittling a new pitman arm from a fallen cactus; like you would expect from him.

Jeepspeed, Perry Coan, Skyler Gambrell, General Tire, KMC Wheels

Race winner Rick Randall was up and down the order all day. He started in 11th place and charged through the dust to take the lead after pit 3. He got stuck in the silt allowing Gambrell to pass. After extracting themselves, they chased and caught Gambrell. As they pulled out to pass, they slammed a boulder, killing the left front tire. They changed the tire without losing a position and resumed their chase of Gambrell who was leading. Then they clipped a rock on the right rear causing another flat. When they discovered the lug socket went missing somewhere so they used a trusty crescent wrench on the lug nuts. The stop allowed Rob Seubert to get by dropping them to third. They passed Rob back as he sat on the side of the course a few miles later; they were back in second. “We decided to take it easy and settle for 2nd,” Said Randall, “As we made our way through the silt and Joshua trees towards the finish we were very surprised to see the 1707 parked off of the course.  Skyler gave us the thumbs up so we headed for the finish. We heard over the radio that Tim Martin was coming up behind us and we had to push it a little to beat him to the finish.  It felt good to win the race after making so many mistakes as a driver.” The win makes it two in a row for Randall racing.

Rick Randall, Jeepspeed, KC Hilites, General Tire, BInk Designs

“We had a good race but a little incident nearly cost us everything,” Said Tim Martin, “We were going back and forth with Seubert when he passed us. We came into a left to right corner and we missed the right. We went off course and were stuck on a ledge. 1771, (Korbet Krough and Jesse Stowell) gave us a tug off the ledge so we could continue.” Tim spent the rest of the race battling thick dust, trees and deep ruts in the silt beds. At one point he got crossed up in the deep ruts caused by the unlimited trucks and the Cherokee shot off course into the desert. As they kept moving they passed several competitors stopped on the course.  “There are so many fast guys in this class anyone can win,” says Martin, “My pit crew is my wife, kids and anyone who will lend a hand. We were happy to finish third but when we passed Skyler we knew we had second. This is my best finish to date. I’m looking forward to Vegas to Reno.” An interesting side note is that the Randall Racing crew built the engine in Tim Martin’s truck.

Tim Martin, Jeepspeed, Jeep Cherokee, JAZ Products

In third place was points leader Garrett Allred. He was dicing with Dylan Cochran through the trees when he clipped a boulder and flipped his Grand Cherokee onto the side. In an amazing act of sportsmanship, Cochran stopped and helped Allred back onto 4 wheels. “We would not be on the podium without their help,” said Allred, “We were overheating all day; the temperature did not want to go below 240. Then we had the roll. We got stuck in a silt bed but Best in the Desert was right there to pull us out. We really wanted a podium so I was on it; working the truck super hard. We stopped in the pits to tighten a ball joint; that’s when Martin passed us. Then Seubert went down, Gambrell went down, we ended up on the podium. Despite the day we had with all the problems, I can’t complain. I can’t even explain what a good feeling it is to be on the podium. I should buy Cochran a muffin basket or something for pulling us back over.” The podium finish keeps the rookie Allred in the points lead.

Garrett Allred, Silver State 300, General Tire, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Off Road

We were having a great battle through the trees when we came around a corner and they went on their side,” said Dylan Cochran about Allred’s roll, “We are friends with Garrett’s co-driver Ken Stahlman so we stopped. He was in a bad spot; we’ve been there before so I know how stressful it is. We passed those guys back and forth all day. At mile 240 we lost the rear track bar. I had to limp it in for 5th place.”

Dylan Cochran, Jeepspeed, Bink Designs, Off Road Racing, Jeep

In 4th place was Mike Bragg. He drove a solid race. While others dropped out or got stuck, he kept moving up through the field. “We had the 4×4 shift lever come loose, my co-driver had to hang onto it until we made it to pit 3,” said Bragg, “We stuck it in 4×4 and pulled the lever off. We got stuck 6 or 7 times here last year so we converted the front end to four wheel drive and added G2 gears in our Currie 9” and Dana 44 differential. We got stuck 6 or 7 times here last year so we converted the front end to four wheel drive. We were down on power so I had to keep downshifting. It turned out that we lost a header collector bolt that affected the O2 sensor. We just kept picking guys off all day. We came up on that uphill silt bed; I side-hilled it and passed two guys right there. We made easy passes like that all day.”

Mike Bragg, General Tire, Jeepspeed, Silver State 300, Currie Enterprises, Bink Designs

In Jeepspeed Cup Class 3700, Bob Mamer was sole survivor in his turbo charged Comanche. “We had a plan to take it easy until pit 5; especially after we heard about our friend Justin Lofton’s big crash while we were in staging,” said Mamer, “We had vapor lock issues that caused the motor to die. It got a little scary in the mountains. We stopped and tried a couple things but it continued. It started to die on the wooden bridge and we didn’t think we would make it across. We played with the fuel pumps and all of a sudden it was running good. Then it was running great. From then on it was a lot of fun. We heard others in our class had problems so we played it smart and it all worked out. We had no flats all day!”

Bob Mamer, Jeep Comanche, Off Road, Bink Designs, Siltbed

The competition seen in the Jeepspeed series would not be possible without the sponsors of the series that include General TireKMC Wheels; now the Official Wheel of Jeepspeed; taking over from their sister brand ATX. The Wheel Pros Group has sponsored Jeepspeed for more than 10 years now.Premier Chrysler Jeep is the Official Jeep Dealer and Presenting Sponsor of the Jeepspeed Desert Racing Series’. Currie Enterprises returns as the Official Axle of Jeepspeed. King Shocks are the Official Shock of Jeepspeed. G2 Axle & Gear is the Official Gear supplier of Jeepspeed. Rubicon Express is the Official Suspension of Jeepspeed. Three out of the top five finishers were running Rubicon Express suspension. SmittyBilt is the Official Off Road Equipment supplier of Jeepspeed.PAC Springs is the Official Spring of Jeepspeed and KC HiLites is the Official Light of Jeepspeed.

Jeepspeed Official Suppliers continue to be a vital part of our teams’ success also and a huge asset to the Jeepspeed series. Approved supporters and product suppliers also include Rock Krawler Racing DevelopmentsSynergy Mfg., JAZ Fuel CellsPoly Performance and Howe Performance Steering.

*In order to ensure close points throughout the initial year of the KMC Jeepspeed Wrangler Trophy there will be bonus points in addition to the normal Jeepspeed race points at Silver State 300 and Parker Blue Water Challenge. Points are as follows:

Race 1 / Mint 400 – No bonus.

Race 2 / Silver State 300  50 bonus start points. Plus class podium bonus, 50 bonus points for a class win. 25 bonus points for a class 2nd. 10 bonus points for a class 3rd.

Race 3 / Parker Blue Water Challenge – This is a two day race. 50 bonus points for starting each day, plus the class podium points bonus each day. Wrangler competitors do not have to enter all three races.  The Wrangler Trophy winner will be driver who amasses most points at any of these three races.

Jeepspeed Challenge Class 1700 points after the Silver State 300.
1. Allred 304 pts
2. Bragg 292
3. Seubert 286
4. Cochran 282
5. Hoffman 280
6. Randall 266
7. Martin 228.

Jeepspeed Cup Class 3700 points after the Silver State 300.
1. Mamer 271 pts

The next event will be August 13-15 when they race from Vegas to Reno, the longest off-road race in the United States.

Photography By: Bink Designs

Jeepspeed Sponsors

About Jeepspeed
The Jeepspeed series is a competitive, cost effective series that has pitted Jeep vehicles against each other on challenging desert courses since 2001. Unlike the more expensive spec racing classes, there is no obligation to purchase your race vehicle or parts from the series organizer. You build your own vehicle the way you like as long as it fits within the rules. Jeepspeed offers the most fun and closest racing in the desert today. Jeepspeed series is supported by General TireKMC Wheels,Premier Chrysler & JeepKC HilitesCurrie EnterprisesKing ShocksRubicon ExpressG2 Axle & GearSmittybiltPAC Racing SpringsRock Krawler Racing DevelopmentsSynergy MfgPoly Performance & Howe Performance.

About General Tire
For 100 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Best in the Desert Racing Series, Major League Fishing, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late-Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, World Cup of Softball, American Sprint Car Series, FreestyleMx.com Tour, Zero One Odyssey, and Spec Tire of Trophylite and JeepSpeed. Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including Mikey Childress, CJ Hutchins, Doug Fortin, Harley Letner, Jim Riley, Macrae Glass, Randy Merritt, Ray Griffith, Ryan Beat, Carl Renezeder, Robby Woods and Camburg Racing.

Visit // www.generaltire.com

About KMC Wheels
Founded in 1982, KMC has a 30-year legacy of delivering quality aftermarket and off-road wheels at competitive prices. KMC is a Wheel Pros brand. Wheel Pros products are sold worldwide in more than 20 countries on four continents and through a U.S. network of more than 25,000 authorized dealers. It is one of the world’s largest suppliers of branded custom wheels, performance tires and related accessories for cars, SUVs and light trucks. KMC Wheels Like no other.

Visit // www.kmcwheels.com

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2015 Dodge Challenger, Jeep® Grand Cherokee Lead their Segments in U.S. Vehicle Satisfaction Survey

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  • Jeep Grand Cherokee is highest ranking Mid-Size SUV for fifth consecutive year
  • Dodge Challenger leads Sporty Car segment, second time in three years
July 8, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Jeep® Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – ranks highest among Mid-Size SUVs for the fifth consecutive year in AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs). For the second time in three years, surveyed owners placed the Dodge Challenger at the top of the Sporty Car segment for its best-in-class vehicle satisfaction.

VSAs are based on the responses of more than 66,000 owners of new 2015 model year vehicles. The survey objectively measures owner satisfaction through 50 separate attributes ranging from interior comfort and convenience to fuel economy and performance.

“In many cases, an extremely satisfying vehicle is not the car or truck that has the best absolute build quality or the best safety rating,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. “VSAs look at the big picture, which includes owners’ experiences with their vehicle’s quality and safety, but also goes deeper into the heart of the ownership experience.”

Dodge Challenger was totally updated for the 2015 model year with a new standard eight-speed transmission, all-new interior, exterior updates and new safety technologies.

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee completely redefines the premium SUV, delivering customers an array of innovative advanced technologies for driver safety and passenger enjoyment. The vehicle is widely known for its outstanding on-road driving dynamics and quietness, thanks in part to its front and rear independent suspension.

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The Dodge and SRT brands now offer the most complete lineup of muscle cars in the market, including the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT with its standard powerful and fuel-efficient Pentastar V-6 engine combined with the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission that delivers 300 horsepower and an estimated 30 miles per gallon; the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T with the high-torque 5.7-liter HEMI now paired with the TorqueFlite eight-speed or six-speed manual transmission; and the all-new 6.4-liter HEMI Challenger Scat Pack that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque with the TorqueFlite eight-speed or six-speed manual. The new Dodge Challenger SRT 392 adds an exclusive wheel design, adaptive damping suspension and SRT Drive Modes to the same 6.4-liter naturally-aspirated HEMI powerplant while the Challenger SRT Hellcat with its 707 horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine is most powerful and fastest muscle car ever.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee — the most awarded SUV ever and the vehicle that has long defined what a premium SUV should be — delivers an unprecedented combination of best-in-class fuel economy and driving range, available clean-diesel technology, legendary benchmark capability, world-class craftsmanship, and a host of advanced user-friendly technology and safety features. Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers best-in-class 30 miles per gallon (mpg) highway courtesy of an available 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine and standard eight-speed transmission. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 boasts an unmatched driving range of more than 730 miles. Legendary Jeep capability comes courtesy of three available 4×4 systems, Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension system and class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system. Grand Cherokee boasts best-in-class towing of 7,400 pounds, and a crawl ratio of 44.1:1.

About FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

Follow FCA US news and video on:
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Jeep Brand and World Surf League Make Big Splash with Global Partnership

Jeep Brand and World Surf League Make Big Splash with Global Partnership

  • Jeep brand to become first-ever global automotive partner for WSL – WorldSurfLeague.com
  • Jeep brand vehicles recognized as “The Official Vehicles of the World Surf League”
  • Jeep brand is the exclusive automotive partner of Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours
  • Two Jeep brand vehicles will be awarded to the 2015 WSL Champions at the end of the year
May 5, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Jeep brand and the World Surf League (WSL) today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership that will make the Jeep brand the official and exclusive global automotive partner of the WSL and the naming rights partner to the WSL Jeep Leaders Tour Rankings for men and women. This fully integrated, multi-year partnership will see the global automotive company tap into the unparalleled adventure, competitive drama and athleticism of surfing’s greatest stage.“As the first-ever exclusive automotive partner of the WSL, this unique collaboration allows us to engage with a culture that embraces the very same philosophy, beliefs and attitude of the Jeep brand on a global platform,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA – Global. “Together with the WSL, we are able to connect with an adventurous, athletic, influential and increasingly digital fan base of over 120 million through on-site beach activations and live online streaming of worldwide surfing events across countries including Brazil, Australia, France, China, Japan and the United States, making this the Jeep brand’s first truly authentic global partnership.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Jeep brand to partner with WSL, a global organization with similar values to ours – freedom, expression and creativity. This sport embodies the passion we have for breaking personal boundaries and making the most out of every day,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand. “The World Surf League represents a community closely aligned to ours and I believe our partnership is a natural fit. I am very excited for the opportunity to be involved in the resurgence of an amazing sport.”

“The WSL is a sport built on the back of the pioneering, progressive and innovative spirit and it is this common DNA that we share with the iconic Jeep brand,” said Paul Speaker, WSL CEO. “Coming off a record-setting 2014, the sport of professional surfing has never been in a stronger position, in and out of the water. We are humbled and gratified that a brand with the unparalleled heritage and authenticity of Jeep shares our vision for the WSL.”

“When we started our search for a global automotive partner, there was one brand alone at the top of our list, Jeep,” said Mark Noonan, WSL Chief Commercial Officer. “Together we will showcase the world’s greatest surfers like never before to our rapidly growing digital-first millennial audience around the globe.”

The Jeep brand’s association with sports is longstanding. Ongoing partnerships include Juventus, USA Basketball, and for 12 years Jeep has been the automotive sponsor of ESPN Winter X Games. The brand’s partnership with the WSL is the first partnership that reaches across the world, with events in countries and locations including Brazil, China, Japan, Australia, France, Spain, Fiji and the United States.

The Jeep brand will use its frontrunner status to infuse professional surfing’s most sought-after properties, including sponsorship of the Tour Leaderboard and the yellow Leader Jersey. In addition to on-site activations as the ultimate surf vehicle and specialized content offerings, Jeep will award two vehicles to the 2015 WSL Men and Women Champions come end of year and has signed on as the title sponsor for the WSL Longboard Championships in China.

The Jeep brand partnership with the World Surf League will be featured on its own unique page onjeep.com. There, consumers will be able to explore content from the most recent events, including the tour leaderboard and the holder of the coveted yellow jersey worn by the current tour points leader. Surf content, including an interactive schedule of upcoming WSL Championship Tour events and a gallery of top videos and photos, will show off some of the mind-blowing action. The page can be found atjeep.com/wsl on desktop and m.jeep.com/wsl for mobile.

Join Jeep and the world’s best surfers at the next stops along the tour.

WSL Samsung Galaxy Men’s Championship Tour schedule:

  • Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (Gold Coast, Australia): Feb. 28 – March 11, 2015
  • Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach (Bells Beach, Australia): April 1-12, 2015
  • Drug Aware Margaret River Pro (Margaret River, Australia): April 15-26, 2015
  • Oi Rio Pro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): May 11-22, 2015
  • Fiji Pro (Tavarua/Namotu, Fiji): June 7-19, 2015
  • J-Bay Open (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa): July 8-19, 2015
  • Billabong Pro Teahupoo (Teahupoo, Taiarapu, Tahiti): Aug. 14-25, 2015
  • Hurley Pro at Trestles (Trestles, Calif.): Sept. 9-20, 2015
  • Quiksilver Pro France (Landes, South West France): Oct. 6-17, 2015
  • Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal (Peniche/Cascais, Portugal): Oct. 20-31, 2015
  • Billabong Pipeline Masters (Oahu, Hawaii): Dec. 8-20, 2015

WSL Samsung Galaxy Women’s Championship Tour schedule:

  • Roxy Pro Gold Coast (Gold Coast, Australia): Feb. 28 – March 11, 2015
  • Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach (Bells Beach, Australia): April 1-12, 2015
  • Drug Aware Margaret River Pro (Margaret River, Australia): April 15-26, 2015
  • Rio Women’s Pro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): May 11-22, 2015
  • Fiji Women’s Pro (Tavarua/Namotu, Fiji): May 31 – June 5, 2015
  • Vans U.S. Open (Huntington Beach, Calif.); July 26 – Aug. 2, 2015
  • Trestles Women’s Pro (Trestles, Calif.): Sept. 9-20, 2015
  • Cascais Women’s Pro (Cascais, Portugal) : Sept. 22-28, 2015
  • Roxy Pro France (Landes, France): Oct. 6-17, 2015
  • Maui Women’s Pro (Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii): Nov. 22 – Dec. 6, 2015

WSL Vans Hawaiian Triple Crown of Surfing:

  • Hawaiian Pro (Haleiwa, Hawaii): Nov. 12-23, 2015
  • Vans World Cup of Surfing (Sunset Beach, Hawaii): Nov. 13 – Dec. 6, 2015
  • Billabong Pipe Masters (Pipeline, Hawaii): Dec. 8-20, 2015

WSL Longboard Championship – 2015:

  • Men’s Jeep Longboard Championship (Riyue Bay, Hainan Island, China): Nov. 30 – Dec. 3, 2015
  • Women’s Jeep Longboard Championship (Riyue Bay, Hainan Island, China): Nov. 30 – Dec. 3, 2015

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

The World Surf League (WSL)
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global products across the Samsung Galaxy men’s and women’s Championship Tours, Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels. Showcasing the world’s best surfing on the singular platform of WorldSurflLeague.com has energized an already-passionate global fan base with millions around the world tuning in to see the likes of Kelly Slater, Filipe Toledo, Gabriel Medina, Stephanie Gilmore, John John Florence, Carissa Moore and others do battle in the most dynamic field of play in all of sports.

About Jeep Brand
Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

Follow Jeep and FCA US news and video on:
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Jeep brand: www.jeep.com
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General Tire Jeepspeed Series Celebrates 2014 As 2015 Season Nears

General Tire Jeepspeed Series Celebrates 2014 As 2015 Season Nears

General Tire Jeepspeed Series Celebrates 2014 As 2015 Season Nears

Orange, CA
With the 2014 General Tire Jeepspeed racing champions decided, it was time for the teams to get together for their annual awards ceremony at Moreno’s Restaurant, in Orange, California. Just l  ike the diverse Jeep and Dodge vehicles that race in the Jeepspeed series, the teams come from all different backgrounds and locations. Interestingly, both the 2014 Jeepspeed Challenge and Jeepspeed Cup Champions that were honored are named Rob, hail from Portland, Oregon and earned rookie of the year awards. Rob Seubert took his Jeep Cherokee to the Jeepspeed Challenge Championship and earned the Coan Brothers class 1700 rookie of the year award. Jeepspeed Cup Champion and Howe Performance Steering Class 3700 Rookie of the Year Rob White earned his title driving the updated Jeep Honcho that was formerly raced by Roger Mears and the legendary Mears Gang.

Jeepspeed Awards, General Tire, KMC Wheels, Premier Jeep

Taking a Championship and rookie of the year title in a single season is a huge accomplishment for both drivers and their teams. Thanks to the Coan Brothers, Howe Performance, General Tire, (every Jeep in the field rolls on General Grabbers), ATX Wheels, Currie Enterprises, King Shocks, T&J Performance, Baja Designs Lighting, Rubicon Express Suspensions, Smittybilt Off Road Products, G2 Gear & Axle and PAC Racing Springs, 2014 has been a very successful year in the Jeepspeed series. In 2015, there will be even more to celebrate.

General Tire continues their support of the Jeepspeed racing series in 2015. General Tire has agreed to a multi-year sponsorship to continue as the official tire of the Jeepspeed Desert Race Series beginning January 2015. Since 2008, General Tire has been the official tire of Jeepspeed with teams utilizing the famed GRABBER tire. The partnership has allowed Jeepspeed to offer its competitors affordable racing within the Best in the Desert (BITD) Series where budget-conscious racers can compete on the same race courses as the pros. “We’re proud to extend our sponsorship with Jeepspeed,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. “This is an action-packed, affordable race series that continues to grow each year so it’s a great partnership for us.” This year also marks General Tires 100 Year Anniversary.

General Tire

Due to strong support from sponsors, Jeepspeed racers will continue to receive special subsidized entry fees. A flat fee at each race, no matter the race distance, will be extended to every Jeepspeed entry. Champions will be decided by the best 5 results from 6 races. In addition to General Tire, KMC Wheels will become the Official Wheel of Jeepspeed; taking over from their sister brand ATX. TheWheel Pros Group has sponsored Jeepspeed for more than 10 years now. Premier Chrysler Jeep is the Official Jeep Dealer and Presenting Sponsor of the Jeepspeed Desert Racing Series’. Currie Enterprises returns as the Official Axle of Jeepspeed. King shocks are the Official Shock of Jeepspeed. G2 is the Official Gear supplier of Jeepspeed. Rubicon Express is the Official Suspension of Jeepspeed. SmittyBilt is the Official Off Road Equipment supplier of Jeepspeed. PAC Racing Springs is the Official Spring of Jeepspeed and KC HiLites is the Official Light of Jeepspeed. Jeepspeed Official Suppliers continue to be a vital part of our teams’ success and a huge asset to the Jeepspeed series. Approved supporters and product suppliers also include Rock Krawler Racing Developments, Synergy Mfg., Poly Performance and Howe Performance.

The incredible level of competitiveness seen in 2014 will also continue in 2015 as the top performing teams in 1700 will all be back to battle for the championship. They will have to contend with a new crop of young talent that will be joining the ranks in 2015 including 15 year old Cole Seiber of Parker Az., 18 year old Garret Allred of Placentia, Ca., 19 year old Kyle Geiselmann of Poway, Ca. and 20 year old ex bike racer Kevin McKeehan from Thousand Oaks, Ca. Also new for 2015 will be the 3750 class. The new 3750 Class is designed for Class 1700 entries that want to step up their game. For example, former Jeepspeed racer Mike Shaffer will be back racing a Hemi powered 1993 Grand Cherokee and Tom Barnett will be challenging the 3750 class with a dual sport Ram 1500 truck. Complete rules for all classes are specified on the Jeepspeed website at http://jeepspeed.com/  The 3 Jeepspeed classes are also open to Jeeps that compete in stock class rock racing (KOH). For example, the KMC Jeepspeed Wrangler Trophy races are a good fit for these Jeep based rigs.

The action begins at the Best In The Desert Parker 425 on February 9, 10 in Parker, Arizona. With everyone starting with a clean slate, the action will be intense. Each team will attempt to distance themselves from the rest of the field as they battle on the brutal Parker course filled with dust, rocks and silt.

Jeepspeed Sponsors

About Jeepspeed
The Jeepspeed series is a competitive, cost effective series that has pitted Jeep vehicles against each other on challenging desert courses since 2001. Unlike the more expensive spec racing classes, there is no obligation to purchase your race vehicle or parts from the series organizer. You build your own vehicle the way you like as long as it fits within the rules. Jeepspeed offers the most fun and closest racing in the desert today. Jeepspeed series is supported by General Tire, KMC Wheels,Premier Chrysler & JeepKC Hilites, Currie Enterprises, King ShocksRubicon Express, G2 Axle & Gear, SmittybiltPAC Racing SpringsRock Krawler Racing DevelopmentsSynergy MfgPoly Performance & Howe Performance.

About General Tire
For 100 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Best in the Desert Racing Series, Major League Fishing, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late-Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, World Cup of Softball, American Sprint Car Series, FreestyleMx.com Tour, Zero One Odyssey, and Spec Tire of Trophylite and JeepSpeed. Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including Mikey Childress, CJ Hutchins, Doug Fortin, Harley Letner, Jim Riley, Macrae Glass, Randy Merritt, Ray Griffith, Ryan Beat, Carl Renezeder, Robby Woods and Camburg Racing.

Visit // www.generaltire.com

About KMC Wheels
KMC Wheels are like no other. For more than 30 years, KMC has been producing quality, cutting-edge designs for lifted, lowered and stock trucks and SUVS. The KMC XD Series offers hard-wearing wheels for extra duty, including specialty dually and beadlock styles.

Visit // www.kmcwheels.com

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Jeep® Brand Turns City Street into Forest With Wild Mountain River

Jeep® Brand Turns City Street into Forest With Wild Mountain River

  • The Jeep® brand suspends traffic on downtown Vancouver city street and takes unsuspecting drivers on a surprise detour in uniquely own-able approach to highlight versatility and real-world capabilities of the Jeep Cherokee
  • New :30 “River in the City” commercial can be seen on www.jeep.com/cherokeedetour, which includes a :60 version of the spot in addition to special behind-the-scenes footage that includes the making of the campaign, photos, interviews and other exclusive content
January 5, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Jeep® brand suspended traffic on an unassuming city street in Vancouver, amazing city-dwellers by taking unsuspecting drivers by surprise by converting an entire block into a forest with a wild mountain river, brought to life with snowbanks, boulders, rocks, sand/gravel, moss, live fir trees and two wolves. The unique approach was accomplished to introduce drivers to the versatility and real-world capability of the Jeep Cherokee.The :30 “River in the City” commercial, which debuted on television this past weekend (January 4), unfolds as unsuspecting drivers were recruited to test the Jeep Cherokee by following directions from its navigation system throughout downtown Vancouver. Following the detour, the directions soon led them to the “river in the city” and the drivers were actually a part of the real-life demonstration of the vast, wide range of capabilities of the Jeep Cherokee. The commercial is further brought to life with captivating images of the drivers in the Jeep Cherokee confronting boulders and gravel amidst a raging river, all set against downtown parking meters and people moving down escalators in city buildings as the work day unfolds.”We wanted to bring to life the real world capabilities of the Jeep Cherokee in a unique approach,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA – Global. “So how do you do that? By taking what is essentially an experiential event where unsuspecting drivers are being filmed navigating a busy metropolitan street that has been turned into a fully functional mountain river and let them experience the capabilities of the Jeep Cherokee for themselves. Our ‘River in the City’ takes an untraditional approach to create a powerful statement that the Jeep Cherokee can handle anything a city throws at it.”

The :30 “River in the City” ad can be viewed at www.jeep.com/cherokeedetour, which features a :60 version of the spot and includes three additional product commercials (below). The site also features an exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photo gallery that explores the making of the “River in the City” commercial, as well as interviews with the drivers taken on the unexpected detour.

The “River in the City” shoot took place from June 14 – June 18, 2014. The set was built and produced three days prior to the filming of the commercial. It took place on 400 Granville Street in downtown Vancouver, Canada. Materials included:

  • 1,000,000 pounds of boulders, rocks and sand (2,500 sand bags), used throughout the set to break up water flow and give surface disturbance
  • Water (250,000 gallons) was pumped onto the street with water pumps hidden in the alley and placed in key spots. (The water was recycled using a closed water system that pumped water from the end of the street back to the top. The water was eventually discharged down the street, into Vancouver Harbor.)
  • 400,000 pounds of snow – the snowbank was made of snow blanket and fish-ice
  • Logs, sticks, moss, and 80 fir/hemlock trees lined/covered the street. (The trees were boxed and returned to the nursery and boulders, gravel and other materials were also repurposed.)
  • Two wolves were on set. (The domesticated, mixed-breed wolves were made available from the Animal Insight for Film and TV. A representative from the American Humane Association was on set to attest that the wolves were treated humanely and procedures were followed. Observers were able to take pictures with the animals.)

In addition to “River in the City,” three additional spots focusing on product features of the Jeep Cherokee are currently airing on television and available online:

  • “Front and Rear Park Assist” – in this :30 spot on the Vancouver “river” street, Jeep proclaims “We’ve got your front and your back” — focusing on front and rear park assist technology of the Jeep Cherokee.
  • “Forward Collision Warning” – :30 spot highlighting the Jeep Cherokee’s important passive safety system feature to assist by warning the driver prior to a potential collision.
  • “Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist” – synchronistic orchestration shows simultaneous parallel and perpendicular park assist technology of the Jeep Cherokee.

Jeep Cherokee
There is a new king of the hill in the mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment: the Jeep Cherokee. The Jeep Cherokee delivers legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, premium on-road manners and superior ride and handling, a segment-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy ratings of up to 31 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, world-class craftsmanship, leading-edge technology, more than 70 advanced safety and security features and best-in-class V-6 towing capability of 4,500 pounds.

Powered by a choice of two engines, three innovative 4×4 systems that feature the first use of a fully automated disconnecting rear axle and Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology that is standard on V-6-powered Cherokee models, the Jeep Cherokee revolutionizes the mid-size SUV segment. The Cherokee delivers leading-edge technology that customers will value, world-class craftsmanship and clever features like the available 8.4-inch touch screen media center, the seven-inch full color instrument cluster display, inventive storage solutions and cargo flexibility not found elsewhere in the segment with the Jeep Cargo Management system.

About Jeep Brand
Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

Jeeplopedia.com is not affiliated with the Jeep brand or FCA US. THis article and all others like are are a direct copy of published releases provided by Jeep and FCA US.