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THE METTLE TEST IN THE DESERT

| 06/02/2014 | 0 Comments

Mopar will be testing its mettle in the southern California desert at the 2014 Griffin King of The Hammers, an event built around what many consider the toughest one-day off-road race in the world that combines desert racing and rock crawling.

Mopar will be participating in “King of The Hammers”, week-lOrganized by the ULTRA4 Racing Series, the week-long event is held every February on public lands in Johnson Valley, California in an off-highway vehicle area known as “The Hammers.” Competitors divided into in four distinct categories, race on a 100+ mile course that runs over terrain that includes sandy washes dotted with creosote bushes, flat dry lakebeds, sand dunes and, of course, the world-famous rock canyons and trails from which it derives its name.

Mopar’s GEN III 5.7 liter HEMI crate engine will power the six vehicles competing in a newly created spec class in which each entry is outfitted with the same equipment. These unique “4700 Spec Class” 4×4 vehicles have a custom tube frame design based loosely on a Jeep Wrangler, and are outfitted with Mopar’s HEMI crate engine and some of the best industry-leading parts the off-road world has to offer.

“We’ve partnered with the best manufacturers in off-road, and this class required parts that could handle the demands of off-road racing and the brutality of The Hammers,” said David Cole, Executive Director of ULTRA4 Racing Series. “Nobody knows off-road better than Jeep and Mopar, and we’re excited to have the HEMI powering the 4700 Spec Class.”

“The 4700 Spec Class offers both professional drivers and first-time enthusiasts a chance to experience what ULTRA4 Racing is all about,” said Cole of the turnkey solution the spec class offers. “We wanted to give people an opportunity to race or recreate off-road in a fully capable 4WD vehicle without the expense and headache of having to build or buy one of their own.”

Behind the wheel of one of those Mopar-powered 4700 Spec Class 4×4 vehicle, #4701, will be Eric Bothwell, from Tuckahoe, New York. His co-driver is Robb Pritchard, an international off-road journalist, who regularly contributes to our 4×4 Magazine too.

 

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