2015 Savvy/Currie 4400 Racing Custom - Masterpiece In MetalPosted in Features on May 27, 2015
Success breeds success. At least that’s what happening with the Savvy/Currie team. After winning overall 4600 and 4500-Class Ultra4 King of Hammers EMC for the last three years, they felt that they needed to bring their team to the next level.
The Ultra4 Unlimited class is the pinnacle of the 4x4 world and as world-class builders, they wanted to step up and take on the best. They also wanted to build a Jeep that would showcase their products and capabilities. After all, that whole win on Sunday, sell on Monday thing is a truism that many a company has relied and prospered upon. Savvy Off Road is a leader in aluminum armor protection for Jeeps, and, hell, everybody knows who Currie is.
Their answer is this ’15 Savvy Currie 4400. The Jeep is slated to run the Ultra4 King of the Hammers and the regional Ultra4 series. Other races may include Vegas to Reno and even the Baja 1000.
They began with a call to Campbell Enterprises. Once they had the chassis and suspension components back to the Corona, California-based Currie race shop, the fun began. Of course, a Currie RockJock 70 frontend is used, along with a set of Currie Pro Hubs. QTM/Stoptech brakes round out the front hardware.
A pair of Bilstein huge shocks 14-3.5-inch, five-tube bypass and a 14-2.5-inch coil overs, equipped with Eibach springs, are found on the corners. Make that all corners, as a modern 400-style rig features the same components on every corner.
That includes the wheels, which are 17-inch Walker Evans (17x8.5x6x5.5 with a 5-inch backspace). The tires are 39-inch BFG KR2-S (39x13.5x17) that are as at home in the Hammers as they are in Baja.
Unlike desert or short-course trucks, in Ultra4 it seems that the builders use the same shock configurations, the same brakes and the same wheel/tire combinations both front and rear. The builders know what works and having both ends of the rig be mirror copies seems to work. One difference is that the rearend is a Currie that is equipped with an Eaton ELocker and 5.38:1 Motive Gears.
The body is a Campbell Enterprises fiberglass unit that has been wrapped in Savvy/Currie colors by SignPros of Yorba Linda, California. It really looks like a Jeep! Which is what you’d expect from a team who made their bones on upgrading Jeeps. The iconic Jeep grille features KD HiLites headlights and a full-width Rigid LET lightbar lights the way after the sun goes down.
The interior has all it needs and nothing more; the team feels that they only need 3 of the Auto Meter Elite gauges to monitor the engine. A pair of PRP seats and harnesses protects the occupants while the AIM dash panel and Lowrance GPS unit keeps them on task. A Winters floor shifter and MOMO steering wheel provide control while Rugged Radios provides fresh air and secure communication between the racers. An American Wire Harness system connects the electrical dots for the chassis as well as the engine.
Speaking of the engine, its not a Jeep unit, but it’s just as iconic. A Chevy 454ci engine, producing 650 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque powers this rig to race speeds. Induction consists of an GM LS7 95mm TB intake and Bosch injectors, while the clean air is provided by an RCA air cleaner.
Spark is supplied by the MSD ignition while the MagnaFlow exhaust system exits the spent fuel and a CBR radiator keeps everything cool. A CBR trans cooler also keeps the GM Performance 4L85E transmission cool even during the hardest rock section
Thanks to the crew, it only took a mere 9 weeks to build this car. In that time, they took hold of what they wanted to achieve; to be able to compete with the big dogs in the Ultra4 series. In that, they have a hard row to how. The Ultra4 series has taken off in the past few years and big-name teams and drivers are now taking part. The King of the Hammers has become a huge event and one that the majority of racers don’t even finish.
The pairing of Savvy and Currie, however, have a great car and a great chance to etch their names in a winners trophy. Time will tell.
2015 Savvy/Currie 4400 Racing Custom
Manufacturer: Campbell Enterprises
Wheelbase: 115 Inches
Overall Height: 78 Inches
Track Width: 85 Inches at the Bulge
Weight: 4,615 Pounds
Manufacturer: General Motors
Induction: Naturally Aspirated
Air Filter: RCA
Cooling: CBR Performance Radiator
Plumbing: XRP by Jason Dudley
Transmission: GM Performance 4L85E
Front Suspension: Campbell Enterprises
Rear Suspension: Campbell Enterprises
Shocks/Front: Bilstein 3.5 5-tube Bypass and 2.5 Coilovers
Shocks/Rear: Bilstein 3.5 5-tube Bypass & 2.5 Coil Overs
Brakes: Front/rear: QTM/Stoptech
Wheels: Walker Evans Racing (17x8.5 5-inch backspace)
Tires: BFGoodrich KR2-S (39x13.5x17)
Bodywork: Campbell Enterprises
Paint/Graphics: Sign Pros
Lighting: Headlights: KC HiLites
LED LightBar: Rigid Industries
Steering Wheel: MOMO
Gauges: Auto Meter Elite
Radio/Intercom: Rugged Radios