First thing’s first: This concept has a 6.4-liter V8 — available through the Mopar performance catalog — mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Excited? Thought so.
The Sandstorm is a conceptual take on a Jeep Baja runner, with a vented carbon fiber hood and high-clearance front and rear fender flares. The exterior handles and swing gate have been removed and the rear doors have been chopped. Continuing the Baja runner theme, the Sandstorm has tube bumpers, an onboard air compressor, race-style fuel filler, KC front aux lights and a rear chase light. It looks awesome.
There are a number of functional upgrades, of course, including a heavy-duty, four-link suspension up front. In fact, the front axle has been moved forward by four inches, and the longer wheelbase improves high-speed stability. New coilovers and bypass shocks allow the front wheels to travel up to 14 inches, and the rear wheels have 18 inches of travel. Incredibly heavy-duty Dynatrac 60 axles with a 5.68 gear ratio, and 39.5-inch Krawler tires with 17-inch beadlock wheels make this thing pretty much unstoppable.
A custom cage is the focal point of the interior, which fully integrates the chassis and racing seats. A restyled gauge cluster houses a new navigation system, and there are rocker switches for the air compressor and axle lockers. It’s definitely ready for the desert.