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AM General,Fiat Chrysler, Jeep, 360 MAGAZINE

AM General × Fiat Chrysler

Automobiles Partner to Develop New Light Tactical Concept Vehicle – Jeep Gladiator XMT



Leading manufacturer of light tactical vehicles, AM General, together with the Jeep Brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), today introduced a new light tactical concept vehicle at the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). The Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck (XMT) by AM General is the first phase of a collaboration that reunites two companies whose histories trace back to World War II. In creating the Jeep Gladiator XMT, AM General leveraged the Gladiator’s class-leading capabilities and customized the truck to meet global customers’ needs for a light-weight military truck.


“We are extremely excited to partner with FCA and introduce the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck at AUSA,” said AM General President and CEO, Andy Hove. “This new venture gives us an opportunity to showcase our expertise in light tactical vehicles and help FCA maximize the Gladiator’s global reach and potentially enter new military markets.”


AM General identified the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator – the most capable midsize truck ever, with 7,650 pounds of towing capacity and up to 1,600 pounds of payload capacity – as the ideal platform on which to develop the Extreme Military-Grade concept vehicle.
“The Jeep brand has an important military heritage, so we couldn’t be happier that AM General expressed interest in creating the Gladiator XMT,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “The all-new Jeep Gladiator boasts unmatched functionality, versatility and especially capability – including two advanced 4×4 systems, locking differentials, skid plates, tow hooks, and incredible approach, breakover and departure angles – the perfect foundation for this ultra-capable military concept vehicle.”


“We’re proud to partner with AM General, we look forward to gauging interest and gathering feedback on the Jeep Gladiator XMT, and we’re excited about potential future opportunities,” Morrison added.
Based on its over 100 years of experience in the defense industry and deep knowledge of the global military landscape, AM General identified a series of parts and accessories that amplify the Jeep Gladiator’s leading off-road maneuverability and enhance the Gladiator’s capability to provide its end users with the appropriate equipment for tactical communications and service. The Jeep Gladiator XMT has been upfitted by AM General with both custom-built and commercially available military-grade parts to create an even more rugged truck that can traverse the toughest of terrains in adverse conditions and is ready to meet varied military customer requirements.


As with the iconic, proven and versatile Humvee, AM General can also apply its manufacturing and engineering expertise to convert the Gladiator XMT into mission-specific and purposeful light-weight tactical trucks based on customer requirements. Whether the need is to have a rugged personnel transport carrier or a command and control truck, the company has demonstrated through the Enhanced Tactical Kit (ETK) offerings on Humvee, its ability to deliver solutions that are customer-driven, and cost-effective.
Pending feedback and interest in the military marketplace, production could begin in the second half of 2020. In addition to the gas model, Gladiator XMT would be offered to military customers as a diesel version.

All-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator 
The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, the most off-road capable midsize truck ever, builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility and best-in-class towing and 4×4 payload.
 
Available with three different powertrain combinations and equipped with a versatile cargo box, Gladiator is built to handle the demands of an active lifestyle while delivering an open-air driving experience in a design that is unmistakably Jeep. Combining traditional Jeep brand attributes with strong truck credentials, the Jeep Gladiator is a unique vehicle capable of taking passengers and cargo anywhere. A multitude of technology features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and safety features, such as Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, adaptive cruise control and Forward Collision Warning-Plus, further Gladiator’s appeal.  
 
All Gladiator models are Trail Rated with a badge indicating that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording. Gladiator Rubicon models are equipped with signature red tow hooks, Rock-Trac® 4×4 system, featuring a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, front and rear heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok® electric front- and rear-axle lockers, segment-exclusive electronic sway bar disconnect, cab and bed rock rails and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain off-road tires.

AM General
AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. Through its military business, the company is widely recognized as the world leader in design, engineering, manufacturing and logistics support of Tactical Vehicles, having produced and sustained over 300,000 vehicles in over 70 countries. Through its heritage companies, AM General has over 100 years of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.

FCA
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles and related parts, services and production systems worldwide. The Group operates 102 manufacturing facilities and 46 R&D centers; and it sells through dealers and distributors in more than 135 countries. FCA’s automotive brands include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram, Maserati. The Group’s businesses also include Mopar (automotive parts and service), Comau (production systems) and Teksid (iron and castings). In addition, retail and dealer financing, leasing and rental services in support of the Group’s car business are provided through subsidiaries, joint ventures and commercial arrangements with third-party financial institutions. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

Jeep Brand
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV brand with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with various gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Jeep is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit http://fcagroup.com

Jeep, Wrangler, Rubicon, 360 MAGAZINE

A Beginner’s Guide To Off-Roading Near Denver

You have just purchased your first Jeep or ATV, and you are ready to take it for a spin. You are in luck if you live in or near Denver, Colorado. The area is a paradise for ATV enthusiasts, and you can really test the limits of your vehicle in this area. Make sure you have the right truck rims for the job by purchasing any truck parts online you need. Once you are all set, follow this handy guide to lead you to a weekend of fun.


Bill Moore 4×4 Loop and the Empire Area


The Bill Moore Lake area offers a lot of beautiful scenery for you to enjoy. Even if you have lived in Colorado your entire life, you will see a side of it you have never witnessed before. There is a network of trails around here you definitely have to check out. The three main trails in this area include Red Elephant Hill, Mill Creek and Bill Moore Lake. Red Elephant Hill is recommended for advanced offroaders only. You can check it out once you have some experience under your belt, but for the time being, Mill Creek and Bill Moore Lake are plenty of fun.


Yankee Hill Network


You can get a full day’s worth of enjoyment out of the myriad of trails on the Yankee Hill Network. Most of them are perfect for beginners, so you can drive around to your heart’s content. The most popular route for locals to take is to start at St. Mary’s Glacier and drive over to Central City. As you head along this trail, you can take various side routes and develop your own loops. One point to keep in mind is that rocks generally litter the trails. You need to make sure you lower the air pressure in your tires before heading out so that you can increase your traction. Just make sure you avoid Miners Gulch.


Rampart Range


If you do not mind traveling a bit further away from Denver, then you should absolutely visit Rampart Range, located in the eastern Colorado plains. You can take your vehicle along the main road, which is appropriately named Rampart Range Road. It is a simple dirt road to drive across, but you should bear in mind that it does close down seasonally. As long as you visit the area during the right time of year, you can drive down it as well as the dozens of other service roads in the park.


There are numerous trails to visit around Denver. Before you head out, make sure you purchase all truck accessories Denver you may need. Additionally, it is vital to remember that if you do not feel comfortable taking a certain trail, then there is no shame in turning around. When you are just a beginner, you do not want to push your luck. You could end up stranded in the middle of a park, which is the last thing anyone wants. As long as you buy everything you need from a reputable online ATV shop, you can enjoy greater peace of mind.

Custom Land Rover Defender 130 in Midnight Blue

E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for their prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, recently completed another stunning custom Defender 130. Design inspiration for this beautiful custom Defender 130 came from a 2017 Aston Martin DB11.

E.C.D. is one of the top automotive companies in the world for custom bespoke luxury Defenders. Through their Luxury Design Experience, clients are given full control of the design of their custom Defenders. With design control of that capacity, it’s no wonder one client chose to design and color elements from a favorite supercar – a 2017 Aston Martin DB11.

Project Deep Blue is finished in Midnight Blue, an original Aston Martin paint color available for the DB11. The exterior design elements of this custom Defender 130 are more reminiscent of a luxury vehicle, a contrasting look from previous Defender 130s built by E.C.D., whose designs were centered around being off-road warriors. Project Deep Blue is subtle, yet absolutely stunning.

Under the hood, you won’t find any inspiration from Aston Martin or Land Rover. Rather, the brute power of a naturally-aspirated, 565-horsepower LS3 V8 Corvette engine. The LS3 was chosen by the client for its known reliability, loads of power, plenty of available upgrades, and a GM powertrain warranty.

The interior features duotone upholstery with premium leathers from Spinneybeck — a classic Light Beige and a darker Botany Bay Beige throughout. The duotone colors were also chosen with inspiration from the Aston Martin DB11. Luxury Corbeau Trailcat seats in the front and rear are heated and ventilated for riding comfort. With plenty of modern features on the interior such as wireless charging pads for mobile devices, you quickly forget that you’re riding in a classic British off-road icon.

Corvette-Powered Custom Defender 90

E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for their prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, delivered a Corvette-powered custom Defender 90 that flawlessly fuses American muscle with a classic, off-road British icon.

The Defender 90 named Project Grey Goose, with no affiliation to the premium spirit, is powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine that produces 430-horsepower. It’s plenty of horsepower in a lightweight, nimble Defender 90 such as this one. The LS3 engine is a popular choice among E.C.D. clients. In addition to being plenty powerful, it’s also incredibly reliable and is backed by a 2-year/50,000 mile warranty from GM.

Finished in classic Bonatti Grey metallic paint, the simplicity of the exterior of Project Grey Goose makes this truck more reminiscent of a heritage Defender. Subtle features such as the rear panoramic glass and sunroof give it a slightly modern edge.

The interior of Project Grey Goose is anything but classic. Premium Italian Spinneybeck leather in Cervo Black Sasso Nero with white diamond stitching throughout give this interior an ultra-luxurious, modern feel. A custom monogram on the headrests of the front seats offers a personal touch by the client. Technology features in Project Grey Goose include wireless charging for mobile devices, USB ports in the front and rear of the center console, back-up camera, and an amplified sounds system from JL Audio.

“One of the things we do best here at E.C.D. is combining luxury and utility – a heritage look on the exterior of the truck with modern luxury throughout the interior,” says Elliot Humble, co-founder of E.C.D. Automotive Design.

Custom Defender 90

E.C.D. Automotive Design, the award-winning creator of high-end luxury vehicles, locally delivered a Defender that is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling off-road vehicles the company has produced to date – a custom Defender 90 (D90) Soft-top powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine with 430-horsepower.

The “fun factor” of driving this custom D90 isn’t entirely from having the soft-top off in Florida while cruising the beach-line, it’s from shifting through the gears of its 5-speed manual transmission. This D90, called, Project Ranger, delivers a full senses-engaged driving experience with the soft-top off, its manual transmission, and the sound of its Borla Performance exhaust system. Project Ranger is finished in full gloss paint in the color, “Terrain,” a Ford color exclusive to their Raptor model, and is matched with 18-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels in black to compliment the exterior.

The client already owned this North American Specification (NAS) Defender 90 and sent it to E.C.D. for a full restoration. Knowing the top was going to be off most of the time in Florida, the interior was designed to be more utilitarian than luxury. It’s upholstered in a charcoal-colored, weather-resistant canvas throughout.

“Driving a D90 Soft-top with the LS3 and manual transmission is an absolute blast. Tearing up and back down through the gears is something we all enjoy here at E.C.D.,” says Tom Humble, co-founder of E.C.D. Automotive Design.

ROUSH PERFORMANCE LAUNCHES SUPERCHARGED 2019 F-150 SC

The new off-road ready 2019 ROUSH F-150 SC features a ROUSHcharged 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 producing 650 horsepower and is now available for purchase or custom order at all ROUSH authorized Ford Dealers.

ROUSH Performance is proud to unveil our most advanced off-road performance truck to date with the 2019 ROUSH F-150 SC. Featuring the ROUSH TVS R2650 Supercharger and an advanced ROUSH/Fox 2.0 off-road suspension, the 2019 F-150 SC provides an unparalleled driving experience. Like all ROUSH vehicles, all of this power and performance is backed with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty.

The 2019 ROUSH F-150 SC produces a potent 650 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque from the combination of the ROUSH TVS R2650 Supercharger system and Ford’s 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8. This pairing offers an increase of 255 horsepower and 210 foot-pounds of torque over stock. ROUSH ensures this engine sounds as good as it performs with its dual tip performance exhaust system.

As an optional upgrade, ROUSH offers the F-150 SC with its premium Active Exhaust system. Upgraded for the 2019 model year, the Active Exhaust system uses electronic valve technology to allow drivers to choose between touring, sport, wide-open and custom modes via a mobile app or console mounted switch. The ROUSH Active Exhaust mobile application enables users to have full control over their truck’s sound based on rpm, vehicle speed, and accelerator position.

The F-150 SC gains additional suspension travel and two inches of front leveling over stock from a ROUSH/Fox 2.0 suspension upgrade. The suspension upgrade is designed to provide excellent off-road performance without compromising on-road handling, and preserves factory capacity for both payload and towing. The F-150 SC rolls on 20-inch black ROUSH wheels wrapped in General Grabber ATX LT305/55R20 Tires offering stability and confidence on rough terrain while remaining tractable on the highway.

“The 2019 ROUSH F-150 SC is truly an all-purpose truck,” said Jack Roush Jr. ”Whether you’re cruising down a highway or blasting across a desert trail, this vehicle pulls through with legendary ROUSH performance, style, and refinement.”

ROUSH offers a host of aesthetic improvements on the F-150 SC to ensure a unique, aggressive look on and off the road. ROUSH combines a signature front grille with accent lighting, fender flares with accent lighting, a front bumper cover and a square “R” hitch cover. A signature ROUSH graphics package with optional customization provides unmistakable custom style. An optional ROUSH Soft Tonneau Cover by ExTang is also available. Interior modifications include molded floor liners by WeatherTech, a secure console vault and a serialized console badge. Optional leather seating upgrades and an optional off-road utility kit are also available. The ROUSH F-150 SC pricing begins at $24,900 over factory MSRP.

Visit www.ROUSHperformance.com to build your F-150 SC and find a ROUSH dealership near you.

About ROUSH Performance
ROUSH Performance was founded in 1995 by motorsports legend Jack Roush, the winningest name in racing. Combining performance engineering with entrepreneurship, ROUSH began selling designs he had created for his own team to the wider world of motorsports. Based out of Plymouth Township, Michigan, ROUSH Performance, a division of Roush Enterprises, designs, engineers and manufactures completely assembled pre-titled vehicles, aftermarket performance parts, and superchargers for the global performance enthusiast market. For more on ROUSH please visit www.ROUSHperformance.comwww.ROUSHperformance.com or call 800.59.ROUSH.

CULLINAN

CHANGE IS GOOD.

by Vaughn Lowery

As of late, Rolls-Royce invited a slew of journalists and digital influencers from around the globe to test out their newly introduced SUV. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is notably recognized for it’s elite residents and celebrity visitors alike, including Kanye West, Sandra Bullock and Harrison Ford. Yet, this time around the Snow King Resort and one of its steepest slopes had become acquainted with the Cullinan. Not the largest rough diamond found in South Africa in 1905 but the manufacturer’s first-ever sport utility vehicle. Yes, we couldn’t conceive that a Rolls could ever climb a mountain but seeing is believing.

As we ascended to the top with the 6000 lb gem, she started to metamorphose from a stately Caterpillar into bodacious butterfly. We went over unpaved trails and ruts all the way to the summit (8010 ft above sea level) for pastries and coffee. On the way down with merely a switch of a button we descended with ease over gravel and dirt all while being enamored by the Spirit of Ecstacy with her wings throwing caution to the wind.

On the road, we felt every bit of 563 hp (627 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm) as we swiveled through the two-lane main road with minimal traffic. Just as graceful as her siblings and as celebrated as the Phantom we witnessed tons of townies gawk at her effortless design and styling. Her grill kept in line with the overall DNA of the brand but its standard 22″ part polished shadow wheels matched her midnight sapphire exterior nicely.

Our deep scarlet red leather interior was enunciated with the usual technology and innovation of their BMW iDrive-inspired infotainment system as seen in the Ghost; however, in the back we had separate seats and access to tablet-like screens which erupted by the touch of a button. Along the back top panels were buttons to dial up or down the 22-speaker bespoke sound system which mimicked an IMAX theater. We bopped around the back in comfort and chit chatted with no outside noise due to their 200 lbs of sound-deadening insulation and privacy glass which lurks behind your head.

Like most automobiles in this segment, her dual-pane sunroof opened up wide enough for you to want to hop up and cleave your head out while screaming all the way to prom. Our model didn’t feature the tailgate retractable seats; but nonetheless this vehicle will most likely end up at some stadium for playoffs with a chilled champagne bottle and scotch in the back middle console with custom etched snifters.

This vehicle’s MSRP is $325,000 but our model tested was approximately $400,000. Is the price worth it? Hell yes! After all, this is the first in its family, which can conform to most terrains and excursions. Go figure, the youngest in its batting order can be used to pick the kids up from school, off-road and be chauffeured to Rihanna’s Annual Diamond Ball. It’s highly probable you may see this truck at a Costco’s as well as Jay-Z and Beyonce’s next On The Run tour. Having said that, this is most decidedly one of Rolls-Royce’s more practical vehicles as it will and can be used on an everyday basis. With its dynamic all-terrain capabilities, safety features and height, you’ll have more command of the road that any of its tribe members.

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Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

ARKONIK × SPRITE D90

SPRITE D90 Making a Splash

This Alpine White D90 Edition is an entity perfectly in sync with its surroundings. The Elite Sports seats and classic Boost alloys shod with BFGoodrich tyres give this Defender an essence of agility and finesse. The look is completed with a wood rimmed steering wheel and lithe Fawn leather interior. A soft-top style Defender creates fluidity between driver and terrain; take the top down and become completely immersed in the landscape.

1) Interior: Gloss Black Boost 16″ alloys | BFGoodrich KO2 tyres | KBX® Signature Satin Black grille with Alpine White mesh | A-bar with twin LED spotlights | Puma bonnet | Gloss Black KBX wing-top vents, side air intake and chequer plate | Alpine White Fire & Ice side steps | Black XS Soft-top kit with heavy duty cage | Raptor-coated steering & front differential guard | Alpine white NAS rear step

2) Exterior: Fawn leather trim | Heated Elite Sports front seats | Lockbox with USB powerpoint | Matching leather door cards | 4 tip seats in load area | Black alloy gear knobs and door furniture | Evander 15″ wood rimmed steering wheel |Pioneer® premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay and reversing camera display | Ice White LED lighting package | Air conditioning

If you fancy winning your own D90 soft-top this month is the time to make that dream a reality. Place your deposit with Arkonik this month and you will also receive a massive $10,000 deposit contribution!

Competition details:

Arkonik are back with another Summer Promotion, and this time it’s big.

For the first time ever, Arkonik is giving away a Defender 90 soft-top (worth over $130k) to one client to accompany their custom order upon delivery. So if you’ve been thinking about creating your perfect custom Defender, now is the time to make that dream a reality.

The first 30 people to make a 25% deposit between 1st July – 30th September 2018 will be entered into a competition to win a unique D90 curated by the team at Arkonik HQ. As an added incentive, place your deposit this month (July 2018 only) and you will also receive a $10,000 deposit contribution.

Visit the website for full details here.

Arkonik are Land Rover Defender specialists based in the heart of England, exporting to the USA and Canada since 2007. They are collaborating with carefully selected partners to create a one of a kind Defender in a dazzling shade of Firesand Orange offset with an Exmoor Trim black canvas soft-top. Externally the edition will feature KBX wing-top vents and Sawtooth alloy wheels supplied by BEARMACH shod with BFGoodrich AT tyres. Internally this stunning truck will feature black leather with orange stitch seating, matching door cards and Arkon X steering wheel by Exmoor Trim. This premium interior will also include black aluminium gear knobs and door furniture as well as one of Exmoor Trim’s new Lock Boxes.*

Modern Lumberjack Experience

360 Magazine was recently given the exciting opportunity to test drive the brand new 2018 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD ZR2 Crew Short Box. In our opinion, the vehicle, which is priced around $45,000, is worth every penny. The car is well-equipped with an 8-inch, state-of-the-art infotainment system (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, back-up camera, Bose stereo and Wi-Fi hotspot). This ergonomical four-seater weighs in at 4,758lbs and is stocked with 17″ wheels alongside of a fob with auto start option.
At 360, we don’t have anyone on our team that fits the description of ‘lumberjack’ but we decided to give it a go so we could see for ourselves if the vehicle was suited for the lifestyle of the market consumer. In order to act the part, we had to look the part, of course. We channeled our inner lumberjacks and adorned ourselves in overalls and flannels before making the drive down to a small town called San Marcos that is located near the border of Mexico and the United States. San Marcos is home to So Cal Axe, one of the only axe throwing cages on the West Coast. While there, we learned the proper technique required to successfully propel an axe onto a bullseye. After a few hours of chucking axes at targets, we retreated to Hotel Z (https://www.instagram.com/staypineapple/) located in San Diego’s Gas Lamp district. We changed out of our sweaty flannels and into some navy blue apparel and made our way to Petco Park for the opening game of the San Diego Padres. We rolled up to the game in style. Heads turned as we pulled up in the Chevrolet Colorado which is coated in Kinetic Blue with a flashy yet functional spare tired propped up on the back of the truck. The Padres may have lost the game but the 360 team sure felt like winners riding around in that beautiful truck.
The next morning, we decided to continue our lumberjack adventures by heading north to San Luis Obispo [SLO] and we put the vehicle’s gas mileage, which boasts 19mpg city/25mpg hwy., to the test. With a capable 3.6 liter V6 engine (308hp and 270lbft of torque), we maneuvered our way up to Cal Poly (https://www.facebook.com/Cal-Poly-Loggers-190833514320167/) to witness the student logging and axe competition. Cal Poly, an agriculture school founded in 1901 with over 20,000 undergraduates, recently hosted and competed in AWFC (Association of Western Forestry Clubs). They prepared an entire complex to be utilized for all of the traditional lumberjack sports. The expo included everything from sawing, chopping, axe-throwing, birling, pole climbing, technical events such as wood identification, and much more! Each competitor has the opportunity to earn points for the overall team. Cal Poly did exceptionally well this year, as we took second place overall. Keep in mind, there were teams from all over the western region competing; some came all the way from Montana and British Columbia to compete. Overall, the week was filled with focused and fun-loving loggers. We had a blast watching the events and even getting involved in a few ourselves. We wouldn’t have wanted to spend our Spring Break anywhere else! However, our limited lumberjack experience made us feel like mere city slickers compared to the advanced skills of the other participants.
Shortly after, we bolted over to the neighboring town of Morro Bay to check out the Morro Rock. We were greeted by cheers and screams of “go mud bogging!” while cruising down the embarcadero. Upon arrival at the La Cuesta Inn (https://www.lacuestainn.com/) in SLO, we learned about Pismo Beach (one of the only beaches in Northern America which allows for off-roading vehicles on the beach). Subsequently, we arrived at the State Park and paid $5 for an all day pass and plopped off the pavement onto the sand. On the road, it feels like a sedan (but with a flatbed). Off the road, the Multimatic DSSV suspension (same
dampers used on the 2014 Camaro Z/28 and some of the Formula One vehicles) was able to easily adapt to knee-deep sand and dove head first into 3-feet of the Pacific. Clearly, the suspension is infinitely tunable to the demands of the driver while some monster trucks and cars got stuck while overheating. Our ZR2 seemed to rival all of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicons which were staggered throughout the coastline. We became an instant showstopper. Once the adrenaline faded, we headed to our hotel room at The Lofts (http://www.slobrew.com/the-lofts/) which is situated right above the Slo Brew tasting and live performance venue.
To sum up our experiences with the 2018 Chevy Colorado ZR2 not only can adapt to most terrains but to most lifestyles: from a concrete safari to an off-road excursion. Finally, General Motors has a crafted a crawling and trail running beast which can dress itself up for a night on the town. This is a phenomenal factory truck which needs no modifications and can take loads of abuse. With precise steering, good cornering, strong braking system and excellent off-road capabilities, this is our preferred midsize truck for anyone in the market to floss and look like a boss on tough trails. This vehicle not only brought out our inner lumberjack but also proved to be a great car for all sorts of uses.

(*featured image shot by Owen Duckett)

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Pirelli launches Scorpion™ All Terrain Plus

Pirelli launched the new Scorpion™ All Terrain Plus tire to North American dealers and press today at the Las Vegas Motor speedway. The new Scorpion™ All Terrain Plus for pick-up trucks and SUVs is a new product in the Pirelli Scorpion™ AT tire line up – featuring an aggressive design and new generation tread compound to maximize driving performance in demanding on and off-road conditions.

The new tire, which is available in range of fitments from 16 to 20 inch sizes, also carries the Three Peaks Snowflake denoting its suitability for winter conditions. The majority of the product line is now available to order in the most popular sizes, with the full product range available by Q3 this year.

Marco Crola, Pirelli’s new CEO for NAFTA, preceded the launch with a presentation of the Pirelli group’s ‘High Value’ strategy focused on the personalization of products and services, based on customer needs and supported by the constant search for innovative technological solutions. This approach has led to new cutting edge products and technologies such as Connesso, Cyber Car, Color Edition, Run Flat, Pirelli Noise Canceling System and Self-Sealing.

“This strategy,” said Marco Crola, Chief Executive Officer for Pirelli Tire North America, “also calls for the diversification of products and services, based on the needs of specific markets and customer groups within those markets. The new SCORPION™ ALL TERRAIN PLUS, which completes our product portfolio, goes in this direction: meeting the specific needs of pick-up truck and SUV drivers.”

 

Scorpion™ All Terrain Plus tire features:

Aggressive Tread Pattern and Upper Sidewall Design

•       Delivers a great look for trucks and SUVs

•       Balanced performance for on and off-road conditions

New Generation Tread Compound

•       Optimized for durability, traction, and wear

•       High resistance to cutting and chipping of  the tread elements

•       Excellent snow traction, denoted by three-peak snowflake sidewall marking

Deep Tread Grooves with Conical Stone Ejectors

•       Delivers excellent traction in mud and snow

•       Ejectors force small stones out from the tread

50,000 Mile Treadwear Warranty For All Sizes

The new Scorpion™ All Terrain Plus tire is developed specifically for the North American replacement market, adding to the other “Plus” product lines in the Pirelli family. These products champion American consumer needs, providing mileage warranty-backed long lasting performance. The Scorpion™ All Terrain Plus tire joins this family alongside the Scorpion Zero All Season Plus, Scorpion Verde™ All Season Plus, P Zero™ All Season Plus and Cinturato™ P7 All Season Plus.