Fire-Spewing Ram, Other Off-Road Specialty Vehicles Hit the Trails in Moab
While Chrysler's official concepts may have hogged the glory at this year's Jeep Easter Safari in Moab, Utah, three distinctive rides from Venchurs Vehicle Systems also got off-road enthusiasts hot and bothered. With a flame-throwing, bullet-deflecting Ram 1500 and a machine gun-packing Jeep pickup in attendance, you can probably guess why.
Fire Breathing Ram, Other Custom Off Roaders Headline Easter Jeep Safari imageFor this radical concept, Venchurs covered the cabin of a 2012 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Short Bed with a lightweight "Dragon Skin" ballistic armor capable of resisting AK-47 ammunition. The custom truck also gets a KORE off-road suspension, heavy-duty axle package, tactical front bumper meant to increase its approach angle, and optional Night Vision System-compatible cockpit. But the piece de resistance of the Caballo Diablo is its flame-throwing "Dragon's Mouth" defense system, which projects a wall of fire around the truck. The Caballo Diablo comes standard with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine producing 390 hp and 407 lb-ft of torque, though an optional 8.4-liter V-10 from a Viper offers 710 hp and 664 lb-ft. Sadly, the flame thrower option will not be available in the U.S.
Fire Breathing Ram, Other Custom Off Roaders Headline Easter Jeep Safari imageA follow-up to the Red Jacket Firearms JK8 that debuted at last year's SEMA Show, the Recon JK8 is a four-door Wrangler that's been converted into a tactical, Hemi-powered pickup. A military-style rear bumper, GenRight metal fenders, rock rails, and a PIAA 520 All-Terrain Pattern lantern set off the Recon JK8's rugged look. Lending it more ruggedness is the 7/16 bed armor plate, which also serves as a perch for a gunner, full bed cage for overhead protection, and mounts for M2 "Ma Deuce" and M240 machine guns. The custom Jeep, along with its 390-hp, 407-lb-ft 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, will soon be offered to the public.
Fire Breathing Ram, Other Custom Off Roaders Headline Easter Jeep Safari imageVenchurs' only non-Mopar in attendance showcased the company's compressed natural gas conversion. The F-250 brought out to Moab featured a Bi-Fuel CNG system with "on-the-fly" fuel switching capability, a two-inch lift, Bilstein shocks, 35inch BFGoodrich off-road tires, and skid plates. Venchurs says the Bi-Fuel system offers a total range of up to 650 miles, and that the conversion doesn't affect the original warranty.
While we still think Jeep's J-12 pickup concept earned best in show at Moab, that "Dragon's Mouth" feature is awfully cool. Jeep, we hope you're reading this.
Source: Venchurs Vehicle Systems