Off Road News
New Super Duty UnVeiled
Behind that humongous, gleaming grille, two new engines-and a power take-off (PTO) transmission-will be available for Ford's '11 Super Duty pickup. The new 6.7L Power Stroke diesel V-8, detailed in last month's Drivelines, features a unique inboard exhaust/outboard intake system designed to reduce exhaust volume for crisper throttle response. The engine's single turbo is fitted with a dual-sided compressor wheel, which also improves throttle response at low engine speeds and stuffs a lot of air into the engine as the revs increase. The new V-8 is also capable of running on biodiesel blends up to B20.
Super Duty's new 6.2L gas engine is an iron block/aluminum head V-8 with an overhead cam and valvetrain configuration, variable cam timing, and two spark plugs per cylinder. According to Ford, these and other features enable the 6.2 to produce more horsepower and torque than the outgoing 6.8L engine while also offering "class leading" fuel economy. Unfortunately, Ford has not released power or mileage figures for either of these engines; we'll have to wait until closer to their introduction for that data.
Backing both engines is an all-new 6R140 TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission. In diesel applications, the trans will have a PTO option for driving auxiliary equipment.
If you're looking for a tow rig, the tow and payload capacities for the new Super Duty have been increased (though Ford hasn't released those numbers either), and the truck will be available with a factory-installed fifth-wheel and gooseneck substructure directly attached to the frame. Ford has also added its Trailer Sway Control system to the Super Duty trucks.
We'll share all the pertinent power, mileage, and capacity data as soon as Ford coughs them up.
Jeep Rubicon Stimulus Package
A tricked-out Jeep for two bucks? That's better than anything the government has come up with lately. Credit the folks at the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) and their annual vehicle raffle. This year you can win a '09 Rubicon equipped with a Teraflex suspension, 35-inch BFGoodrich KM tires, a Warn 9.5ti winch on a Smittybilt bumper, Poison Spyder body armor, and more trick stuff. The second and third prizes aren't bad, either: an Atlas II transfer case and a Premier Power Welder, respectively. Go to cal4wheel.org for tickets. The winner will be selected at CA4WDC's annual convention in February, but you don't need to be present to win.
Gordon Wins Primm
It was a tough day at the office for Robby Gordon. Still nursing injuries he sustained during a testing crash weeks before and driving most of the first lap in thick Nevada dust, Gordon still edged out local favorite Rob MacCachren for the win at the SCORE Terrible's Primm 300 near Las Vegas. Gordon's average speed of 57.24 mph over the 276-mile race put him ahead of MacCachren by just over a minute.
Arrive & Drive
Want to go off-road racing but don't have the resources to put together your own team? Check out this deal: Speed Technologies has created an "arrive and drive" program with its SuperLite race trucks. The company provides the truck, crew, race gas, and a set of tires; you show up with your suit and helmet, get behind the wheel, and gas it. When the race is over, the team handles all the post-race chores and you leave the track feeling like a rock star. Speed Technologies has a fleet of these trucks available to rent for a single race or the full season. Prices start at $7,500 for one race and run to $52,500 for the full, seven-race season. For all the details go to www.superlitechampionship.com/Arrive___Drive.html.