For the first time in its brief existence, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator was put to the truest of off-road tests. It made its way to the King of Hammers Everyman Challenge, where it made a marked impression.
What is the King of Hammers Race?
The King is Hammers Everyman Challenge is a serious off-road race set in the desert of California. With high-speed aspects, rock-crawling tests and 124 miles of off-roading analysis, the vehicles involved have a serious peak to reach.
How Did the Gladiator Perform?
While the 2020 Jeep Gladiator did not win the King of Hammers challenge, it sure showed its chops. It competed in the 4600 stock with the addition of a roll cage, winches, a custom suspension system and even Dynatrac 60 axles, all of which are legal modifications for the competition.
The drivers of the Gladiator were Robby Gordon and Erik Miller, both veterans in the racing industry. Ultimately, they and the Jeep brand took home sixth place in its class, ranking 43rd in all of the competition. The Gladiator completed the mileage in just over 10 hours. Considering that most don’t even finish the race, this is a true testament to the Jeep pickup truck’s potential.