Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT drag race

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT drag raceDrag racing isn’t as simple as it looks on YouTube, or in Fast & Furious, with many a seasoned racer breaking important oily bits on the sticky surface. Along with those worries, there are the complications of ‘pre-staging’ and ‘staging’, vitally important for securing those extra few inches that could mean a win or a loss when racing identical models. Thankfully, this concept isn’t completely alien to me having been involved with our RS7 v. Panamera shoot at Santa Pod a few weeks earlier.

The Grand Cherokee is a hulking brute, but it’s packing a 6.4-liter V8 good for 468 horsepower, which is sent to all four wheels. On the other side of the drag strip, the hot rod uses a 1956 Desoto Hemi V8 with about 304 horsepower making its way to the rear wheels. It appears a bit lighter than the Grand Cherokee, but all-wheel drive might eat up that advantage.

The time difference between the two Hemi-powered machines would have been a lot greater if Jeep had brought out the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk that debuted in New York. But, creativity is a prerequisite for building hot rods, and we’re willing to wager Dunn can build something capable of at least keeping up with Jeep’s newest SRT-badged model.

Despite being able to achieve impressively quick acceleration times, it also offers good comfort levels, thanks to suede-covered seats with sculpted bolsters designed to better hold their occupants in place during high speeds.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT drag race

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