The folks over at 4-Wheel & Off-Road turned a well-used airplane tug truck into a killer off-road machine while keeping it street legal. This project was done over nine Herculean days before the so-called Ultimate Adventure 2014, and the team over at Drive Dirt Everyday has kindly documented the whole build process on video.
The vehicle started life as a 1990 Dodge tug truck that hauled around airplanes for a living. The team kept the Cummins six-cylinder diesel, but tossed out almost everything else replacing the stock parts for either custom one-off fabricated parts or custom heavy-duty parts. The build process certainly looks like a ton of work, but the end result created one fantastic crawler. Check out the video above.
The folks at Car and Driver recently posted a very cool story about Land Rover setting a new record with their upcoming Range Rover Sport SVR. This new record is not something you see everyday as it is the fastest lap time around the 12.9-mile Nordschleife loop ever for a production SUV. At 8 minutes and 14 seconds the record is definitely impressive as it is 20 seconds quicker than its next competitor the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
This is an extra incredible feat when you compare the Range Rover with sports cars that are hundreds of pounds lighter, inches off the ground and have the maximum aerodynamics. For example, the Dodge Viper SRT10 roadster of ten years ago finished only a second faster over the same circuit. And the original Aston Martin Vanquish was three seconds slower. This, from a giant square, four-door SUV that will spend most of its life shuttling celebrities and pro athletes around big cities.
According to Land Rover, to get the record number it has stiffened the SVR’s anti-roll bars, modified the eight-speed automatic, and recalibrated the four-wheel-drive system for greater response. Having reviewed both the 2014 Land Rover Supercharged and Sport model earlier this year, we are well aware of these lions in sheep’s clothing. And judging from the incredible fun we had in the 2014 Land Rover Supercharged we can hardly wait to get behind the wheel of this new monster rig when it comes to Canada in 2015.
Ford Motor Company certainly has received a ton of ink in the auto press ever since announcing that their 2015 F-150 pickup will be built with an all aluminum-body shedding 700 pounds off the weight of the current version. This move to aluminum is quite revolutionary and it comes as no surprise other manufactures are now on the bandwagon.
Earlier this week, at Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles’ marathon press conference CEO Sergio Marchionne was asked if they plan to use aluminum in the future Dodge Ram. “Although we have the capability to do an aluminum body for the Ram, I have better places to use aluminum in the portfolio.”
At the end of the day, Automotive News asked if there is a “better use for aluminum” in the lineup than the Wrangler. Marchionne simply said, “No.”
This is not a 100% confirmation the next Wrangler will use aluminum in its chassis or body, but it sure seems like it is the most plausible options as the iconic SUV has gained a considerable amount of weight with each recent generation. Back in 2011, Jeep created an all aluminum-bodied Wrangler Stitch Concept, which was about 498 kg lighter than the standard Wrangler.
Wrangler Stitch Concept
Check out this video of the Wrangler Stitch Concept from an Indian based media outlet.
Even if trucks are not your thing, as an auto enthusiast you need to check this site out. It’s called Liftedtrucksaddict and it’s on Instagram…It has something for everyone as the trucks range from mildly “over the top” to absolutely totally “downright absurd”. Although these trucks are true decadence in today’s era of conservation there is still something about them that makes you want one as a new summer toy.
Unfortunately, as a big city dweller these trucks are not an option for me so I will just have to dream. So here’s to those fossil fuel burning good old boys…..and gals.