Before it goes on sale this summer, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is going racing.
Tomorrow, February 6, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is hitting the sand in this year’s King of the Hammers off-road race. Savvy Off-Road, an aftermarket shop based out of Corona, California, is preparing the Gladiator, which will compete in the Spidertrax 4600 Stock Class. The race will take place tomorrow morning in Johnson Valley, California.
NASCAR legend Robby Gordon will drive the Gladiator through high-speed portions of the course during the Every Man Challenge. Erik Miller will race the truck through tight rock sections on the trails. Yesterday, Miller set the fastest time in the class in qualifying, beating the nearest competitor by more than 10 seconds.
All vehicles competing in the Spidertrax 4600 Stock Class must use a factory engine, stock frame and body, a single shock at each wheel and 35-inch tires. To that end, this race-prepared 2020 Jeep Gladiator uses the same 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 you’ll be able to buy in the production model. It puts out 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and it comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Among the parts Savvy Off-Road could change, they fitted a custom link-and-coil suspension with Fox remote reservoir shocks, for a start. Dynatrac 60 front and rear axles replace the stock Dana 44s. On top of a winch and roll cage, they fitted 35-inch Falken Wildpeak M/T tires. On the inside, Sparco Racing seats were fitted, and the rear seats were removed.