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2015 Savvy/Currie 4400 Racing Custom - Masterpiece In Metal

Posted in Features on May 27, 2015
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Photographers: Boyd Jaynes

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.

With the unmistakable grill of a Jeep, the Savvy/Currie Ultra4 4400 keeps the tradition alive. A full width.

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.

The Currie RockJock 70 frontend is held aloft with Bilstein bypass and Eibach spring–equipped coilover shocks. Currie Pro Hubs are also in place, and the driveshaft was work done by JE Reel of Pomona, California.

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.

Huge 39-inch BFGoodrich KR2-S (39x13.5x17 inches) are wrapped around tough 17-inch Walker Evans (17x8.5x6x5.5 with a 5-inch backspace) wheels.

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 is all business. An AIM dash panel couples with a Lowrance GPS system and the Auto Meter gauges to keep the occupants informed, while the Rugged Radios comm system allows them to hear each other over the engine. A MOMO steering wheel completes the package.

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.

The massive 454ci Chevy engine is in there somewhere. It’s equipped with a GM LS7 95MM TB and Bosch injectors, MSD ignition, and MagnaFlow exhaust. Horsepower is rated at 650 with 600 ft-lb of torque.

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.

As beautiful as it is capable, the Savvy/Currie 4400 is built to win in one of the hottest classes in racing.

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
Horsepower: 650
Torque: 600
Induction: Naturally Aspirated
Air Filter: RCA
Exhaust: MagnaFlow
Cooling: CBR Performance Radiator
Plumbing: Aeroquip
Cooling: CBR
Plumbing: XRP by Jason Dudley
Wiring: GM
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

Seats: PRP
Steering Wheel: MOMO
Dash: AIM
Gauges: Auto Meter Elite
Shifter: Winters
GPS: Lowrance
Radio/Intercom: Rugged Radios

Getting out of trouble is done with the Warn Zeon 8S winch, while the KC HiLite headlights hopefully keep them out of trouble.
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PRP seats and harnesses keep the driver and codriver in place and protected.
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