The Hellcat-swapped Jeep Gladiator is now complete and had a spectacular debut at this year’s Overland Expo West.
Last we heard from Dynatrac, they were driving their recently converted Jeep Gladiator from Michigan back to their home base in Southern California to ready it for the next phase of their master plan. Phase one involved some pretty hefty surgery that included shortening the frame by two feet and then removing the rear row of seats to turn the cabin into an extended cab rather than a crew cab.
They also took out the 3.6-L Pentastar V6 and replaced it with a 6.2-L supercharged HEMI from a Dodge Hellcat. That’s 707 horsepower, in case you’d forgotten what a Hellcat engine means.
After that, they stitched the Gladiator back up, named it “Codex”, and then transported it on its own wheels all the way back to Huntington Beach, California for phase two.
Phase two involved removing the entire body for the second time, but instead of surgically cutting the Gladiator’s frame, they were just getting prepared to apply a whole bunch of colored vinyl. They also installed a new bed that has some serious storage capacity, as well as a roof rack and a roof-mounted tent for sleeping on top of the pickup and off the cold and clammy ground.
Codex also got some kickin’ new fenders with multicolored LED light strips that are remotely controlled. For when you need a 707 horsepower rave machine.
With the whole thing finally completed, they took it to Overland Expo West to show off what a Gladiator could become if Fiat Chrysler just had the cojones to slap a Hellcat engine inside of it.
Sadly, that’s not likely to happen any time soon. The last we heard of the issue was FCA execs agreeing that while the Hellcat engine does fit, it would never pass safety tests required to actually sell it as a production vehicle.
But that doesn’t stop enthusiasts like Dyantrac from doing it on their own.