Jeep Mighty FC Concept
Abbreviated from "Forward Control," the name for Jeep's unique pickups built from 1956 to 1965 is applied to an all-new 2012 concept model. Beloved by many, the chunky little trucks now are reborn through a modified Wrangler Rubicon engineered with its cabin positioned over the front axle. It's been moved 21.6 inches forward, but the engine and transmission are in the same location as in a regular Wrangler, behind and under the cab of the FC. The roof is borrowed from the Mopar JK-8 conversion kit, and there's a custom front clip. A longer wheelbase measuring 117 inches and a drop-side, full-width cargo box add to this pickup's utility; the bed is more than 8 feet long. The FC's windshield and doors are from the Wrangler, as well.
Mopar's Portal Axle set, which offers the most ground clearance available without a full lift kit, is part of the package, and axle movement is controlled by King coil-over assemblies with reservoir shocks with upgraded Terraflex control arms and track bars. The FC has Hanson bumpers and rides on massive 40-inch tires mounted on custom Hutchinson 17-inch bead-lock wheels and sports a Warn 16.5 winch and Corsa stainless steel exhaust system. The Portals take up so much space in the wheelwells that there are two small calipers per corner, as opposed to one large one.
Hauling yourself inside this colossal truck with a Unimog-like front face, you'll find the Wrangler-based cockpit has been trimmed in a ready-for-work-duty Katzkin leather, with a bold color scheme, unique to this concept model. Motoring it is surprisingly easy, once you're situated at the controls. Steering, braking, and overall maneuvering have been engineered for an ease of operation that will make you forget it's truly oversized. During our drive on the Dome Plateau Trail of Moab, we were impressed by its handling along tight and twisty sand-washed tracks as well as its rock-crawling talents, with its great angles of approach and departure, reminiscent of a Hummer H1. Among its best surprise and delight features is a bottle opener located on the bed of the truck.
** Mopar's Front Portal Axle (8-lug, part number P5155670) is available at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $12,500, and the Rear Portal Axle's (8-lug, part number P5155671) MSRP is $11,000.
Jeep J-12 Concept
An eye-appealing Mopar pickup conversion, the Jeep J-12 concept has been crafted on the extended version of the new 2012 Wrangler Unlimited-4-door-frame, which has been lengthened by 18 inches. Actually a buildout of the JK-8 conversion kit, the J-12 has a six-foot cargo box with the spare tire relocated under the bed floor. Its custom hood and front fenders were created as a nod to fans of the Jeep Gladiator series.
A word about those Gladiators, which were built from 1962 to 1971: Actually based on the old Wagoneer platform and featuring a "rhino" grille, these trucks were considered full-size, thanks to a regular cab and long bed. This version has a retro-cool look that was dubbed "OMT" ("old man truck") during the design and production process.
The J-12 gets additional off-road panache as it is lifted 3 inches with a Mopar kit and uses Teraflex anti-roll bars tied to ARB air-locker-equipped Dynatrac D-44 and D-60 axle assemblies. It rides on 36-inch tires with 16-inch steel wheels. Other highlights include a Mopar fuel-filler door and slush mats, Tom Woods driveshafts, and Katzkin seats.
The cabin has been "dressed down" to imbue a basic-truck theme. Carpet is traded for a rugged truck bedliner, and the seat buckets have been redesigned into a modern bench seat, with a whimsical plaid pattern, set off by white trim
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept
Among the bevy of Wrangler-inspired trucks is a solo Grand Cherokee concept, elements of which Jeep indicates will be in production by late 2012. Projecting a no-bling image that puts it at home on the trail, as well as on the urban streets and highways where many Grand Cherokees prevail, the Trailhawk is Stone White with Mineral Gray and Red accents, including a contrast-color hood treatment and red tow hooks protruding from below the front fender. Red "Trail Rated" badging and a unique "Trailhawk" logo adorn the exterior, along with black headlamp surrounds, black front and rear badging, and a rear light bar. A glare-reducing red trim outlines the matte black hood applique aids with off-roading in bright light.
Power comes from the Grand Cherokee platform's Quadra-Drive II 4WD system. Added are air suspension, Selec-Terrain traction control, a rear electronic limited slip differential, and an Off-Road Adventure Package.
Boosted by 18-inch Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor off-road tires with 5-spoke Mineral Gray wheels, and Jeep logos in the wheel center caps and bolt holes in the alloy wheels. Trailhawk has Mopar-modified rock rails to protect the lower body from the rigors of backcountry terrain.
BI-Fuel Ford F-250 Park Ranger Truck-2012 F-250 with Gaseous Prep Package
VWerks' bi-fuel, gas-Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pickup started life as a Ford F-250 modified by Venchurs, Inc. for the Blue Oval. Built initially as a search-and-rescue vehicle for Yellowstone National Park Rangers, the truck has been modified to enhance off-road capability, especially for the extreme conditions in this national park that receives heavy snows throughout the winter.
The truck is powered by a 6.2-liter engine with a gaseous prep package. It rides on BFGoodrich LT 325/60R20 T/A Mud Terrain KM2 off-road tires, and sports a roof-mounted light bar with strobes, an on-board air compressor, a special front bumper guard, IPF driving lights, a 16,000-pound-capacity Warn winch and has a set of retractable side steps from AMP Research. The front and back suspension systems are lifted with a 2-inch front replacement from Superlift and a 1-inch rear block kit; Superride SS/Bilstein shock absorbers help smooth the ride. It also gets underbody protection from an Asfir skidplate, while Fab Fours heavy-duty front and rear bumpers safeguard the body.
Venchurs' bi-fuel system has "on-the-fly switching" capabilities that allow you to flip a switch while you're driving, changing back and forth between the two fuel types depending on conditions and needs. For example, a search-and-rescue mission through snowdrifts on a remote park access road might benefit from CNG motoring to help protect the fragile ecosystem from polluting emissions. Once back on the open road, switching to gas can bring more power and get a rescued victim to safety sooner. The Bi-Fuel system also enables a drive range of up to 650 miles, a boon in remote park areas, where gas stations are few and far between.
2012 VWerks JK8 Limited Edition Red Jacket Jeep
The cult-favorite Jeep Wrangler CJ-8 Scrambler pick-up is the granddaddy of VWerk's JK8 Limited Edition Red Jacket, a custom showcase vehicle for both VWerks and the Red Jacket Firearms company featured on The Discovery Channel's "Sons of Guns" reality TV series.
With a 285-hp, 260-lb-ft. torque-producing 3.6-liter V-6 under the hood and 40-inch tires (BFG 40x14.50R17/C Krawler T/A KXs) with Hutchinson Bead lock rims under the chassis, this truck is to the original Army Jeep what a semi-automatic pistol is to a turret shooter -- smaller and sleeker, but still awesome in its firepower.
The highly modified Jeep is built on the platform of the four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The JK8 conversion kit turns the truck into pickup with a 50-inch bed that's 44 inches wide between the wheelwells. The Red Jacket version is treated with a sleek, high-touch Candy Apple Red paint, special badging and lots of off-road add-ons from VWerks and Mopar. It sports a Warn 9500 winch.
Gearing comes from a five-speed auto transmission with 5.38 gears, and the modified Mopar 4-inch short-arm lift kit, VWerks lift modifications and a Big Brake kit. All help the Red Jacket easily climb hills, conquer boulders, and trundle along off-road trails. Special VWerks bumpers and rear differential covers make the Jeep stand out, as do a frame extension (part of the JK8 6-inch-plus package) and a custom spray-in bedliner. Custom tie-downs and modified box sides are part of the conversion; leather Katzkin seats and a blowout, Kicker custom sound system complete the package.