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How About a Jeep Trackhawk Demon?

Feb 01, 2018 - 12:55 PM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

How About a Jeep Trackhawk Demon?

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is an incredible machine with 840 horsepower and the ability to run mid-9s thanks to a host of high tech gadgets. In addition to all of that supercharged power, the key to the Demon’s stunning track times is the combination of the TransBrake and the Torque Reserve system. The problem for the Demon is traction, even with the factory-equipped Nitto drag radials and adding all-wheel-drive to the Challenger platform is too much of a packaging problem.

However, FCA already has a high performance AWD vehicle packing supercharged Hemi power, so we have to wonder if the Jeep Grand Cheorkee Trackhawk might not make for an incredible basis for some of the Demo technology. In fact, some of that technology is already in use with the 707-horsepower Jeep, so Trackhawk with more Demon influence could create yet another incredible Mopar performance vehicle.

What Makes the Demon Special
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon benefits from a long list of unique features which help make it such an incredible performance car. Under the hood is a 6.2L Hemi fitted with a 2.7L supercharger and an innovative intercooler system that reroutes the cooled air from the air conditioning system to lower the compressed air entering the engine.

That power is sent through a unique 8-speed automatic transmission with an integrated TransBrake through a strengthened driveshaft, rear differential and half shafts to the Nitto drag radial tires.

The Demon also has a host of weight reduction efforts inside and out.

All of these features could easily be applied to the Charger or Challenger to create a stronger and quicker Hellcat model, but they would still suffer from the same traction issues as the Demon.

On the other hand, the AWD Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t suffer from those same traction problems.

Imagining a Jeep Demon
Say that we took a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and added the Demon’s supercharger and cooling system, thus increasing the output from 707 to 840 horsepower. The Trackhawk already has the Torque Reserve system, but adding the Demon’s TransBrake would allow the blown SUV to come out of the hole much more quickly. Of course, it would need the stronger driveshaft, rear differential and half shafts to handle the extra power and the violence of the TransBrake launch, along with beefier AWD components, but a Jeep with 840 horsepower, a TransBrake and drag radials on all four corners would almost certainly be the quickest stock vehicle in America, if not the world.

Take that build a step further, removing weight throughout the vehicle and it seems like a Trackhawk with Demon-like performance isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Of course, we are just dreaming with this and there is no indication from FCA that a hotter Trackhawk is on the way, but the company has the parts and they have the ideal vehicle platform to make the most of those parts.

Let’s hope that Jeep sees the need for a higher performance Grand Cherokee, as one more 800+ horsepower machine would only secure Ma Mopar’s place as America’s leader in high performance.
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New Ram 1500 - lighter, stronger, smarter, powerfuller (yeah not a word)

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:54 PM - by MagnumClub
By now you've all seen the all new 2019 Ram 1500. This truck makes the new Chevy Silverado look dated in both looks and in technology. This new Ram is light, stronger, more powerful, more fuel efficient and smarter and better looking. I love this new truck. now talk to me when they release pricing but, for now, let a guy dream after all.

Interesting video from FCA engineers who designed the exterior of the new truck.

Video from the engineers regarding the material and chassis design

All-new 2019 Ram 1500 – No Compromise Truck, Leading in Durability, Technology and Efficiency

January 15, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 becomes the benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup.

Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds. As the truck’s backbone, the frame uses advanced materials and engineering to eliminate 100 pounds while increasing stiffness and durability for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload.

An all-new eTorque system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 and V-8 configurations.

As a segment disrupter, the new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world with technology featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L.

Active safety and security systems join the technology onslaught with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and ready alert braking.

“The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 delivers a no-compromise approach to the full-size truck segment with strength, durability, technology and efficiency,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand. “The Ram 1500 offers truck buyers leading-edge innovation with 225 pounds of weight reduction, 12,750 pounds of towing capability, a stunning Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen display and active systems that improve fuel efficiency and assist drivers. The Ram 1500 stands out as the benchmark in a very competitive segment.”

Interactive 2019 Ram 1500 website.

  • Overall weight reductions totaling nearly 225 pounds net when compared to previous model
  • New frame features 98 percent high-strength steel to improve durability, weight and rigidity for improved handling
  • Strongest Ram 1500 ever with most efficient frame in the segment – 100 pounds lighter with 98 percent high-strength steel
  • Maximum payload increased to 2,300 pounds, and maximum trailer tow to 12,750 pounds
  • New Ram 1500 is the segment’s most aerodynamic pickup with .357 coefficient of drag and features exclusive active aerodynamics: grille shutters, air dam and air suspension
  • All-new Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks deliver the best combination of ride, handling and comfort in a pickup
  • Next generation, class-exclusive air suspension enhances fuel efficiency, improves ride, and gives greater off-road capability, load-leveling and entry/exit convenience
  • Largest front brakes in segment at 14.9 inches and new electric parking brake
  • New 4x4 Off-road Package includes suspension with one-inch lift, electronic locking rear axle, tuned shocks and Hill-descent Control

  • 2019 Ram 1500 delivers significant gains in fuel efficiency with eTorque mild hybrid system on second generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engines – widest use of mild hybrid technology in the segment
  • eTorque combines belt-drive motor generator unit with 48-volt battery pack to enable start/stop function, short-term torque assist and brake energy regeneration
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FCA moving Ram HD production to Warren, MI and cutting checks for $2,000 to employees

Jan 12, 2018 - 1:06 PM - by MagnumClub
Today is a good day to be an FCA employee. The brass at Fiat Chrysler has decided to use some of the increased profit from the new tax cuts for employee bonuses. Approx 60,000 employess will recieve $2K. That equates to $72 million in cash money to employees. In other news the Ram HD production is moving from Mexico to Warren, MI. This is obviously great news for plant employees in Michigan. The production of the newly redesigned Ram 1500 had been moved from Warren to Sterling Heights so FCA has a huge facility ready to go. I think this move had been in the works for a long time but sure makes for a good announcement on a blustery Friday (immediately prior to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit). The president tweeted about this last night so all y'all are probably aware this amounts to a pretty big win for the White House

FCA Announces Plan to Invest More Than $1 Billion in Michigan Plant, Add 2,500 New Jobs and Pay $2,000 Bonus to U.S. Employees; Actions Supported by U.S. Tax Reform

  • Investment will modernize Warren Truck Assembly to produce Ram Heavy Duty
  • Ram Heavy Duty truck production will relocate from Mexico to Michigan in 2020
  • Plant will add 2,500 new U.S. jobs to support production of heavy-duty truck
  • Approximately 60,000 FCA employees in the U.S. will receive special bonus payment
  • Total U.S. investment grows to more than $10 billion since 2009, with more than 25,000 jobs created to date
  • Production move solidifies U.S. as the global manufacturing hub for Ram products

January 11, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA announced today two actions made possible in part by the passage of U.S. tax reform legislation late last year — an additional investment in its U.S. manufacturing operations and a special payment to recognize employees for their continued efforts toward the success of the Company.

First, the Company confirmed that it will invest more than $1 billion to modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Michigan) to produce the next-generation Ram Heavy Duty truck, which will relocate from its current production location in Saltillo, Mexico, in 2020. This investment is in addition to the announcement made in January 2017, which committed to spending a portion of $1 billion in Warren Truck Assembly to expand the Jeep® product line with the addition of the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. The Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant will be repurposed to produce future commercial vehicles for global distribution.

To support the increased volume at the Warren facility, 2,500 new jobs will be created, above and beyond the jobs announced as part of the January 2017 announcement.

Second, the Company confirmed that it will make a special bonus payment of $2,000 to approximately 60,000 FCA hourly and salaried employees in the U.S., excluding senior leadership. The payment, which recognizes employees for their continued commitment to the Company’s success, will be made in the second quarter of this year, and will be in addition to any profit sharing and salaried performance bonuses that employees would otherwise be eligible to receive in 2018. The special bonus will be paid to all eligible employees of the FCA automotive and components operations in the U.S.

“These announcements reflect our ongoing commitment to our U.S. manufacturing footprint and the dedicated employees who have contributed to FCA's success,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, FCA. “It is only proper that our employees share in the savings generated by tax reform and that we openly acknowledge the resulting improvement in the U.S. business environment by investing in our industrial footprint accordingly.”

Investment in U.S. Manufacturing Grows
FCA has invested $10 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations since June 2009. Most recently, the Company announced investments totaling $3.5 billion, with the addition of 3,700 new jobs, to strengthen its U.S. manufacturing base, and align U.S. capacity to extend the Jeep and Ram product lines.

Those investments and related actions involved production shifts at three plants in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan to gain capacity for the Jeep Cherokee,
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