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Extreme E SUV premieres with Continental tyres

Two new Continental tyre types, specially developed for the off-road racing series Extreme E SUV, have made their global debut. The unveiling of these cutting-edge products follows the announcement earlier this year of Continental’s partnership with the electric racing series. As a founding partner, Continental, the premium tyre manufacturer, is set to provide tyre technology for this unprecedented rally driving competition.

The new tyres, with summer and winter tyre technology and designed for the world’s toughest driving conditions, were presented to the public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed along with the unique electric sports utility vehicle. Together, driver, car and tyres will tackle some of the most extreme locations across the globe, from the Himalayas and the Arctic to the Indian Ocean and deserts.

Karel Kucera, Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa at Continental, commented: “At Continental, we pride ourselves as leaders in ground-breaking automotive technology and so our partnership with Extreme E comes naturally. With the cutting-edge tyre designs that we developed for Extreme E SUV, we guarantee perfect grip for acceleration, braking and precision handling on the toughest tracks.”

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All Extreme E teams must use the same set of standardised equipment, created and assembled by motorsport manufacturer Spark Racing Technology, equipped with a battery manufactured by Williams Advanced Engineering, as well as Continental tyres.

Prototype testing of the electric SUV has now begun in earnest, with substantial tyre technology contributions from Founding Partner, Continental. Each Extreme E team will receive two sets of summer and winter tyres, optimised for every conceivable facet of performance and safety required by their electric SUVs.

The race series is due to commence in 2021.

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The URBAN LIFESTYLE Jeep Wrangler

Make : Jeep
Model : Wrangler JK
Year : 2018

Country : United Arab Emirates
Customized by : HOFELE Design

The iconic Jeep Wrangler is a favorite of 4×4 enthusiasts the world over… HOFELE a specialist German tuning company has just made the outgoing “JK” model a lot more interesting with a range of styling enhancements it calls the URBAN LIFESTYLE package.

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Most modifiers of the Jeep Wrangler offer a range of modifications designed to make the Wrangler even more capable of handling extreme off road conditions with higher ground clearance, massive wheels with aggressive off road tyres etc.

HOFELE offers something different – Exterior and interior enhancements that are designed more for the URBAN and city environment. The HOFELE Jeep Wrangler is just a capable off road but has the looks and style that take it to the next level of style and luxury. The HOFELE Jeep Wranglers looks just as good out on the sand dunes as it does parked outside a six-star hotel.

Staring at the front, the HOFELE Jeep Wrangler is fitted with a new design stylish front bumper that gives better approach angles, incorporating LED lighting etc. This combined with the 10th Anniversary vented bonnet and wider wheel arched gives this Jeep a much improved and dynamic look.

Fitted with HOFELE 22”x 10” REVERSO alloy wheels painted in Titanium Matt, the profile from the front is further enhanced by the addition of the “Roof Shield” above the windscreen fitted with high mounted LED lighting. These LED’s combined with the Bi-LED headlights and the LED running lights give an impressive nighttime silhouette.

From the rear the HOFELE Jeep Wrangler the dynamic look continues with the wide-body rear wheel arches and the signature double oval HOFELE exhaust system that looks and sounds great.

HOFELE also offers what it calls its “Exhaust Sound Blaster System” that increased and changes the sound of the exhaust to make it sound like screaming V8 engine. This system has different modes and can even be switched on / off by remote control.

We now have a look at the interior where the HOFELE Jeep Wrangler really differs from the standard jeep by offering an enhanced level of style, comfort, and luxury. For the Luxury version, the standard seating is replaced by the highest quality Nappa leather, colors can be chosen by the customer.

This model (the first in Dubai) is fitted with 2 x front SPORTS SEATS finished in Cognac color real Naapa Leather, the rear seats are finished matching leather with Double Diamond stitching.

There is also an option for two individual SPORTS SEATS in the rear.

The HOFELE Jeep Wrangler is a BESPOKE off road vehicle that also looks good in the city… an URBAN LIFESTYLE choice for those who want to make a unique statement….!!

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Refinement Ventures Off-Road with All-New Sierra AT4

GMC redefines the off-road space by introducing the all-new 2019 Sierra AT4. For the first time ever, the Sierra AT4 delivers a unique formula of authentic off-road capability and innovative technology paired with premium refinement and a bold appearance expected from GMC.

“The 2019 Sierra AT4 is designed for the customer who wants an elevated presence on the road and the capability to venture off life’s beaten path,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “It’s also the beginning for the AT4 brand, which will be seen on every vehicle in our lineup in the next two years.”

Standard content on the 2019 Sierra AT4 includes:

  • 2-inch factory-installed suspension lift
  • Standard 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential and skid plates
  • Off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers
  • 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires or available mud terrain-rated Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tire, or available 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires
  • Exclusive wheel design with machined-face, dark-tinted appearance
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Traction Select System
  • GMC exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate
  • Black chrome finish on the fog lamp bezels, fender surround and grille insert
  • Body-color grille surround, door handles and bumper
  • Exclusive athletic interior trim elements
  • Red vertical recovery hooks
  • Standard 5.3L V-8 engine

 

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Available content on the 2019 Sierra AT4 includes:

  • Segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display
  • Segment-first Rear Camera Mirror
  • GMC exclusive, industry-first Carbon Fiber Pickup Box
  • A full suite of advanced safety features* including Surround Vision, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • 2L V-8 or Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission

Dark, Distinguished Appearance

Building on the commanding presence of the next generation 2019 Sierra, the new Sierra AT4 enhances its confident, broad-shouldered stance with sophisticated, functional design elements that support its off-road capability.

“The 2019 Sierra is the boldest expression ever for GMC’s full-size pickup, and the new AT4 reinforces its essence of capability with distinctive, athletic cues,” said Matt Noone, director of design, GMC Exteriors. “From every angle, it conveys GMC’s premium yet functional design language.”

The Sierra AT4 has a unique look driven by dark exterior finishes and modern detailing. The front and rear bumpers and the grille surround are finished in body color, while the bold grille design with its rugged, knurled texture is finished in black chrome set off by the Sierra’s bold, C-shaped LED lighting signature.

Additional accent details such as the LED fog lamp bezels and fender trim continue the use of black chrome, while a premium high-gloss black finish is applied to the window trim, mirror caps and skid plate. Touches of red complete the package and make the AT4 stand out with subtle detailing in the Sierra’s all-new AT4 signature emblems and bold, unique vertical tow hooks. The exterior details create a distinct and modern personality for the AT4 that projects GMC confidence and capability.

The interior also carries AT4-specific darkened trim, including dark-tinted and textured aluminum finishes on the steering wheel, center stack and sill plates, as well as a unique Jet Black/Kalahari color accents in the seats and live stitching. Leather-appointed seating with embroidered AT4 badging on the headrests and all-weather floormats are standard and support our customers’ active lifestyles and AT4’s mission of delivering capability with uncompromising durability and comfort.

Authentic Off-road Capability

Sierra AT4 comes standard with a factory installed 2-inch suspension lift that provides additional ground clearance and four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case that includes low-range four-wheel-drive gearing for extremely tough conditions.

Sierra AT4 also includes standard off-road tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers, a locking rear differential and Hill Descent Control, a driver assistance feature that leverages the anti-lock braking system to enable smooth, controlled descents on steep grades without the driver having to touch the brake pedal under certain conditions. The locking rear differential directs engine power equally to both rear wheels for the greatest traction on slippery or uneven terrain.

The Sierra AT4 boasts innovative technologies that optimize capability and elevate driver confidence.

  • Traction Select System allows the driver to choose from preset drive modes that have been tailored for different terrain or weather conditions. Selecting one of these modes adjusts Sierra’s transmission shift points, throttle mapping and StabiliTrak to optimize performance for the situation at hand.
  • Segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display projects key, customizable vehicle data, including an off-road inclinometer, on the windshield in a 3×7-inch display. The off-road inclinometer shows the fore-and-aft tilt, front tire angle and left-and-right tilt.
  • Surround Vision is available on Sierra AT4 and provides the driver with a bird’seye view through an overhead image on the infotainment screen. It can prove useful when slowly maneuvering in tight quarters, be it within a parking garage or out on a challenging trail.
  • All-new ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App offers a connected, comprehensive suite of trailering technology that brings more confidence to the towing experience than ever before in a Sierra.

Groundbreaking Cargo Box Capability and Materials

Debuting first on the 2019 Sierra Denali and SLT, the all-new Sierra AT4 also comes standard with the industry-first MultiPro Tailgate — the segment’s most innovative tailgate ever. The MultiPro Tailgate features six unique functions and positions, offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation mode and easier access to items in the box.

Later in the model year, the 2019 Sierra AT4 will offer an available GMC exclusive and industry-first carbon fiber box — the CarbonPro — developed to increase the truck’s durability, efficiency and functionality. It replaces the standard steel inner panels and floor with a lightweight, purpose-designed carbon fiber composite that offers best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance, making it the most durable pickup box in the segment.

The CarbonPro box combined with our MultiPro Tailgate makes the task of loading and unloading objects such as motorcycles or quads much easier than ever before. The CarbonPro box was designed specifically with three molded in wheel indents in the front bulkhead of the box to locate and secure the front tires. Thanks to added tie-down hooks located in the corners and center bulkhead, and new centralized LED lighting, the task of loading and securing motorcycles and bikes has never been easier. A 110V outlet in the rear routes power to the tools and supplies needed for a day at the track or on the trails.

When it comes to the space and storage vital to truck customers, the 2019 Sierra AT4 delivers innovative solutions. The cargo boxes offer best-in-class cargo volume of 63 cubic feet (1,784 liters) on the short box and continues to be made of roll-formed, high-strength steel, yet a revised alloy offers 50 percent more strength than the current model.

Available GearOn accessory rails within the box allow for bike racks, kayak carriers and other accessories to be installed or adjusted quickly and easily. The rails’ integrated position makes cargo more accessible and frees up space in the rest of the box.

The rear seat backs open to reveal two 10-liter rectangular storage spaces large enough for tablets, tie-down cords or other personal accessories, as well as a large 24-liter storage tray under the second-row seat that can secure all your gear while you’re on the go.

Sierra AT4 Performance
Sierra AT4 features new versions of the proven 6.2L and 5.3L V-8 engines along with all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel engine. The available 6.2L and 3.0L engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The 5.3L and 6.2L engines feature stop/start technology and new Dynamic Fuel Management that enables the engine to operate on one to eight cylinders, depending on demand, to optimize power and efficiency.

The GMC Sierra AT4 goes on sale this fall.

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Range Rover Classic Off-Roading through the snow

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Make : Land Rover
Model : Range Rover
Year : 1992

Owner : Alain Chahine
Country : Lebanon

Engine & Performance

  • At Stock: 3.9L
  • Engine Modifications: 4.6L
  • Differential: ARB Front and Rear Air Lockers
  • Ashcroft 4.7 Ring and Pinions
  • Ashcroft CV and Shafts

Chassis

  • Suspension: Terrafirma Suspension 

Wheels and Tires

  • Wheels: BeadLock 10”
  • Tires: 36” Irok

Exterior

  • Front and Rear Reinforced Bumpers
  • Roof Racks
  • 13000 Lb Electric Winch
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A Snow retreat onboard the upgraded 2018 Nissan X-Trail

For this weekend drive and before winter was over and the snow melts down, we wanted to go on our yearly snow retreat. It was time to hit the snowy ski slopes of the Cedars mountains in Lebanon. For the occasion, we wanted a family SUV, young in its spirit and capable in its features to deliver fun and safety throughout this long driving journey of snow, light off-roading and adventure.

We have chosen the 2018 upgraded Nissan X-Trail, although we have previously driven this SUV in its regional launch event a few months back however we wanted to put it to the real test and see it in action.

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The New 2018 Nissan X-Trail has undergone several major upgrades on its exterior to give it a more robust design while still maintaining its sculpted and muscular styling. The “V-motion’ grille extends further downwards for a much more aggressive look coped with a redesign of the bumper underneath. From the sides, the major change is the addition of chrome side moulding across the base of the two doors creating a more luxurious yet sporty appeal on the X-Trail profile. Moving to the back of the car, the totally re-designed rear view is a sight to see, with chrome integration and rear lamp signature which are now full LED gives the X-Trail a more athletic design. On the roads, the 2018 Nissan X-Trail perfectly reflects its identity of a forceful family SUV.

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Kids in the back, ski gears and needed luggage for the weekend stored perfectly and we are ready to go. During long trips, families face two major issues: at first, prolonged driving distance can cause discomfort for the driver and the front row passenger, however with the spacious five-seater we were driving on city streets, highways and curvy bumpy mountainous roads seated comfortably throughout the whole journey as the new Nissan X-Trail comes equipped with the fatigue-reducing Zero Gravity front seats, secondly kids in the back can be a real source of discomfort in those long trips, once more the Nissan X-Trail solved the issue with its 2nd row seats that slides and reclines, providing Easy Flex Seating so the rear passengers can enjoy a comfortable sitting setup with enough leg room for everybody and yet still have enough cargo space for the stuff we threw in the trunk, noting that the New Nissan X-Trail has also increased its cargo capacity from the previous model.

As the trip progresses, we were having fun enjoying our choice of music through Bluetooth connectivity. Reaching the mountains and as the weather started to change, a light fog carpet was covering the roads, this is where the new shaped rectangular fog lights and the full LED lamps with wider high beam pattern on the new Nissan X-TRAIL came in handy for a better visibility and enhanced road safety.

Depending on your choice of available trims (X-Trail S, X-Trail SV, X-Trail SL), the new SUV comes loaded with safety and technology features that amplify Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility philosophy and provide Intelligent Power, Intelligent Driving and Intelligent Integration to increase a driver’s confidence and trust in their new Nissan X-TRAIL. Some of these features are included in the X-Trail for the first time such as Intelligent Rear View Mirror, Intelligent Emergency Brakes, Intelligent Cruise Control, opening panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, privacy glass, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, roof rails, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning technology, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Trace Control, Nissan’s Hill Start Assist (HAS), Anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and stability control and much more.

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On the drivability level, the 2018 Nissan X-Trail comes equipped with a 2.5L 4-Cylinder engine coped with an CVT XTronic automatic transmission producing 170 horsepower. Our vehicle came equipped with 4-WD using the Intelligent 4×4 system that is responsive and adapts to roads’ changing conditions. We took the 2018 X-Trail on various types of gravel, mud, snow and anything you can think of and the SUV performed perfectly and was capable of overcoming any surface that we crawled on. We had a blast splashing it through water, muddy pools and most importantly snow.

Other new upgrades were also part of the 2018 Nissan X-Trail that makes an impression on every driver upon door entry, I personally liked the new steering wheel which is now higher on the top part and D-shaped on the lower part for a sportier look and feel and at the same time is more functional when it comes to viewing the dashboard meters and in exit and entry of the SUV. In addition to the newly used materials and design of leather, gloss black and more for a higher-quality ambiance and increased refinement of the inside cabin.

The 2018 new Nissan X-TRAIL is a spacious five or seven-seat crossover designed for young families and adventure-lovers seeking a more premium style and refined driving experience. I Know because I tried it.

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RAM and MOPAR Customize the All-new 2019 Ram 1500 at Chicago Auto Show

The Ram Truck and Mopar brands teamed up at the Chicago Auto Show (CAS) to debut an outdoor-sport-themed 2019 Ram 1500 modified with a selection of the more than 200 Mopar parts and accessories available for the all-new truck.

The customized show truck highlights the large menu of Mopar products, created through thousands of hours of testing and validation, available for the all-new Ram 1500. The fit, finish and function of all Mopar parts and accessories were developed in close concert with Ram Truck engineers and designers to harmonize with the all-new Ram.

“At the Chicago Auto Show, Mopar is showcasing the art of the possible when it comes to accessorizing the all-new Ram 1500,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “With more than 200 parts and accessories, available at launch, Mopar delivers the largest array of factory-backed, authentic products to personalize the new Ram 1500 and make it truly one of a kind.”

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The Flame Red 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn Sport 4×4 showcased at the Chicago Auto Show is equipped for the outdoors with a 2-inch Mopar lift kit that delivers additional off-road clearance and an aggressive appearance, while accommodating oversize, large tread 35-inch tires. Mopar 18-inch, six-lug off-road beadlock-capable wheels with matching trim rings keep the tires pegged to the rims when aired down for increased off-road grip and traction.

Black Mopar off-road wheel flares accentuate the 35-inch tires and provide additional defense against trail hazards. Durable, body-length Mopar off-road cast aluminum running boards add both visual appeal and functionality, with a skid-resistant stepping surface that offers better grip in muddy or wet conditions.

The 5-ft. x 7-ft. bed features a unique Mopar offering that will be available in the near future — a lifestyle Ram Rack, first shown as a prototype part on the Ram Macho Power Wagon concept vehicle at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. Large gear can be secured to the truck, demonstrating the capacity of the Ram Rack to store and transport a variety of lifestyle equipment.

The rear Ram Rack is adjustable, with the ability to slide all the way up to the front Ram Rack. The Ram Rack system mounts to the available production bed utility rails. A Mopar bed step, featuring an articulating arm, lowers down for easy access.

The new Mopar “Ram Airflow” cold-air intake system feeds a steady flow of fresh air to the 395-horsepower, 410 lb.-ft. of torque, 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine. The intake, scheduled for availability later this year, is compatible with all hood applications for the all-new Ram and works in concert with the Mopar performance cat-back exhaust, which is constructed from AL409 stainless steel and emits a deep exhaust note.

Mopar 5-inch dual exhaust tips complete the package and feature dual wall thickness, fitting snug to the bumper and providing a smoother edge. Other exterior touches include matching black Mopar hood graphic stripes, blacked-out Ram emblems and badging, front tow hooks and a Mopar logo hitch plug.

Inside, premium black Katzkin leather seats in the front and back are embroidered with Rebel red Ram’s head logos on the seatbacks. The same Rebel red stitching also accents the seats, door trim and center console. New Mopar all-weather floor mats are embellished with the Ram’s head logo and constructed with deeper channels and higher, more rigid sidewalls to contain water and other debris. Mopar brushed aluminum door sill guards carry the R-A-M text logo.

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Stormchaser

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Make : Jeep
Model : Wrangler
Year : 2014

Owner : George Khouzami
Country : UAE (originally from Lebanon)
Customized by : Ramy 4×4

Originally from Lebanon, George Khouzami has lived in the UAE for all of his life. Despite only being 25, he is fully engrossed motorsport, with a karting career already under his belt and a few modified Mercedes in the garage he is happily aboard the petrolhead train. However, there was one area that George had never really ventured into: offroading. He began looking around for the right vehicle that he could use to explore his newfound curiosity for the desert. His solution came in the form of a 2014 Jeep Wrangler with a manual transmission.

Despite being a very capable vehicle in stock form, George knew that with a few modifications his new Wrangler would easily outperform many other vehicles.

So when George took his 2014 Jeep Wrangler to them with the request that they make it one of the best performing and greatest looking Wranglers in the country, they were rearing to start the project.

First up on the list of things to do was suspension. George chose the 3.5 inch AEV dualsport system for its progressive feel and all surface control. Accompanying the AEV springs are King’s fully adjustable shock absorbers with external reservoirs for increased resistance to fade. King hydraulic bumpstops have also been installed in the front and Sumosprings in the rear to help control bottoming out over high speed sections in the dunes. Short arms and track bar replacements from Teraflex have been included to maintain correct alignment and geometry to minimize any vibration in the driveline as a result of lifting the vehicle. Up front, the Fox 2.0 ATS steering stabiliser was called upon with the intention of reducing the effects of bumpsteer and with 26 clicks of adjustment it is possible to tailor fit steering feel based upon road conditions.

A lift kit is only complete with a good set of correctly sized tyres so five 35 inch Cooper AT3 tires were installed. These Coopers strike the perfect balance between a quiet and refined ride on the road and an aggressive enough tread pattern to battle through sand and rocks. They are mounted on matte black Method NV race wheels and bolted to the axle with a H&R spacer.

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Thought was put into making sure there would be no difficulties in accommodating those big tires. An Airaid Synthamax air induction kit and a Gibson dual exit exhaust helps air to flow through the engine better whilst providing a meaty sound. Together they help to bring the 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 to life with more power and increased throttle response which will help to combat the loss of power. When installing larger tires it is important that the axles are suitable reinforced to take the extra strain. Ramy 4×4 paid close attention to this and welded on an Artec front axle armor kit. A sleeve kit from Teraflex also came into action and slides inside the axle to reinforce the weak axle tube. The ring and pinion ratios were also adjusted to 4.56 in both the front (Dana 30) and rear (Dana 44) to keep those 35s turning.

Not only did George want his Jeep to perform well but he also wanted it to look good doing so. Therefore, the team at Ramy 4×4 did some special work on aesthetic features. A muscular AEV heat reduction bonnet was installed and plays a big role in engine cooling so that George’s Wrangler will shrug off the intense heat on midday off road excursions. Bushwacker pocket style fender flares provide excellent coverage whilst also helping to achieve that aggressive look. The Rugged Ridge aluminium front bumper helps to increase the approach angle over the stock piece and looks great doing so. The good looks continue through to the side mirrors which have been covered with carbon fiber look caps.

In the summer months the unbearable temperatures often lead off roaders to night drives and without the correct lighting this is almost impossible. That is why George wanted to ditch the standard head and fog lights and replace them with JW Speakers. The LED technology far surpasses the standard halogens in terms of brightness and longevity. A 52 inch Cree LED spot light bar is paired with 5 Cree spotlights mounted onto the bonnet to aid in illuminating the area in the distance whereas the Cree A-pillar mounted flood light makes the area immediately in front of the vehicle more visible.
The aim at the start of this project was for George’s Jeep to stand out and to be a great performer. It is safe to say that the team at Ramy 4×4 have surpassed that target and created a phenomenal Jeep Wrangler that is ready to take on any terrain and look awesome doing so.

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AOR e-SandStorm

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RAMY Automotive, has been for decades been synonymous with off-road vehicle modifications and aftermarket parts sales and service. Their passion for off-roading doesn’t end there, it is also followed by strong CSR activities like their #CleanDesertDrive movement under a moto “Leave nothing behind other than tire marks.”

Recently, the United Arab Emirates and in particular Dubai, has been leading the drive to healthy living which is spearheaded by none other than the Crown Prince of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Dubai Fitness Challenge 30×30 which took place at the end of 2017 involved thousands of Dubai participants into a common goal of healthy living.

RAMY Automotive understands the evolution of off-road vehicles and wanted to incorporate some of its traits into street bicycles in order to cater to healthy living activities for its existing and new customers, thus introducing an electric assist “fatbike” aptly called the eSandStorm from renowned off-road equipment and accessories manufacturer, American Off Road (AOR).

The eSandStorm is essentially a fatbike, which by definition is an off-road bike with oversized tires that are designed to operate at low ground pressure to tackle soft terrain, like sandy beaches and the desert, but comes with a battery pack and an electric motor to assist the rider. Fatbikes have been the craze in the UAE for the last couple of years as bikers are now able to enjoy the wild terrain of the Emirates and not be confined to just tarmac. Pedaling the thick 4’’ wide tires does take a strain on the body, especially when the pressure have been dropped to 5 psi for easy gliding on sandy terrain. This is where the 750 Watt rear brushless hub motor comes in, powered by a fast charging 48V 11.6Ah Li-ion battery.

At full charge, which takes 4-6 hours, the electric motor would be able to assist the rider for distances up to 70 kms and achieve speeds of up to 40 kmph. The eSandStorm is made of lightweight high grade Aluminum alloy and comes with Shimano 7 gears. Disc brakes are available at both the front and rear wheels as well as full adjustable front fork suspension for rebound and dampening and air shocks at the back wheel. Front and rear lights comes standard as well as a front mounted LCD display which displays important information such as battery power level, speed, gear position and odometer.

Specification of eSandStorm:

Frame: 6061 Aluminium alloy

Electric System:

  • Battery 48V 11.6Ah Li-ion battery
  • 750w rear brushless hub motor
  • Controller 750W 22A
  • PAS intelligent pedal assistant system
  • Charge Time 4-6 hours
  • Max Speed up to 40Km/h
  • Range Distance up to 70Kms
  • F/R disc brake
  • With F/R light light
  • NOKEE-LCD display

Fork: front Al alloy fork adjustable suspension and rear air-shock

Saddle: Sport type

Tire: 26×4.0

Derailleur: Outer 7 speed Shimano

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#RAMYproject: The Major

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Make : Jeep
Model : Wrangler JK
Year : 2016

Country : United Arab Emirates
Customized by : Ramy 4×4

THE MAJOR” is RAMY Automotive’s latest iteration of the two door Jeep JK and turns a stock 2 door Jeep JK into a Jeep pickup complete with a baja styled custom made tire carrier fixed onto the rear bed. This truck conversion is further complemented by modifications to the chassis for example Fox adjustable shocks, an AOR 2.5 inch lift kit, SUMO bump stops and Method beadlock rims. The performance of THE MAJOR is given a boost by Sprintex Supercharger which bumps up the stock of 54% more horsepower; 195 Wheel Horse Power stock to 302 WHP supercharged, Gibson exhaust and K&N filter.

So what makes the truck conversion great? Apart from its looks the truck conversion sheds a lot of weight and coupled with a lift kit and the 2 door’s shorter wheelbase, THE MAJOR is nimble and easy to maneuver around the dunes. And with the extra horses from the SPRINTEX supercharger, THE MAJOR is the perfect weapon of choice for any dunes that comes on the way.

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Performance:

  • Sprintex Supercharger
  • Gibson Exhaust
  • K&N Filter

Chassis, Suspension:

  • Fox Adjustable Shocks
  • AOR 2.5″ Lift Kit
  • Sumo Bump Stops
  • Method Beadlock Rims

Exterior and Interior:

  • Pickup Conversion and Painting
  • Custom made Tire Carrier for 2 Tires
  • Rugged Ridge Front Bumper with a Stinger
  • AEV Rear Bumper
  • Custom Grill
  • JCR Fenders
  • JCR Rock Sliders
  • JCR Inner Fender Liners
  • Hi-Lift Jack
  • Warn Winch tabor 12k
  • Custom HD Project Headlights
  • JW Speaker Rear Lights

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HUMMER H2 FASTBACK

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Make : Hummer
Model : H2
Year : 2005

Country : United Arab Emirates
Customized by : Ramy 4×4

This Hummer H2 SUV is quiet a unique edition of the 2005 usual Hummer, the rearmost part of this H2 was modified to a pickup truck bed of the 2005 H2 SUT “Sport Utility Truck”. RAMY 4×4 modified it and created this peerless SUT by converting it into a Fastback.

Upgrade details

  • Custom Fastback
  • Custom Front Bumper
  • Custom Paint Job of some items
  • Warn Tabor 12 Winch with Synthetic Rope and Wireless Remote Control
  • AMP Research Powersteps
  • AE Wheels
  • 3” Lift Kit with Rancho Shocks
  • Train Horn
  • Superchips Flashpaq H2
  • Throttle Body Spacer
  • K&N Intake System
  • LED Light Bar
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JEEP WRANGLER JK Unlimited 2016

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Make : Jeep
Model : WRANGLER JK Unlimited
Year : 2016

Country : United Arab Emirates
Customized by : RAMY 4×4

Exhaust

  • Gibson Black Ceramic Coated Exhaust

Chassis and Suspension

  • AEV JK 07+ LHD 2.5” 2dr DualSport XT Suspension

Wheels and Tires

  • CenterLine RT1, 20×10, 5×127, 24 Satin Black

Exterior and Interior

  • Action Truck Unlimited JK
  • Switch Pod A/Pillar
  • Winch Mount Block Off Kit
  • Euroguard Taillight BLK JK
  • JK Avenger Grill New Model
  • JCR Prerunner Tire Mount
  • JCR Universal Tire Mount Bolt
  • JCR Front Lower Bumper Skid
  • JCR Rear Full Width Bumper
  • JCR Crusader Mid Width Front Winch Bumper With Tube
  • Rear Number Plate Board
  • Fuel Tank Cap
  • AOR 7” Sealed Beam LED Headlight Black
  • JK Angry Bird Fenders
  • JK Transformer Hood
  • JK Short Flexible Antenna
  • AOR JK Bumper Light Horizontal Rocker Switch
  • AOR JK Rear Light Horizontal Rocker Switch
  • CH4X4 JK Off Road Light Horizontal Switch
  • AOR Off Road 9ft Red Flag Pole with Flag
  • AOR 6 x 3W = 18W, Spot, Double, Lower Mount, CREE, 4” Lights
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Discovering Dubai with the All-New Land Rover Discovery First Edition

Alongside our visit to this year’s Dubai International Motor Show 2017, we decided to go beyond the city of dreams and explore the magnificent areas of Dubai outside the tarmac, far from the towers and away from the lights and the fast pace of Dubai’s active life.

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We wanted to explore more and live the tranquility of the desert. For the occasion, we took a private drive to the desert’s oasis in a splendid SUV made to both live the glamourous urban life of the city and discover the adventure of the rural places: “The All-New Land Rover Discovery First Edition”

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As you might have guessed it by now “First Edition” stands for a very unique release by the King of SUVs “Land Rover”. In our opinion, the British manufacturer took the Land Rover Discovery to new heights of premium everything.

On the exterior level, the sleek futuristic and sophisticated design is clearly noticeable from every angle. Land Rover is undoubtedly sending out a message to its rivals “Beat This”. The distinguished Silicon Silver body color combined with black glossy grille and Narvik Black fender vents, door mirror caps and Discovery script are without any doubt a head turner. Everywhere we went with the Discovery First Edition, people can’t help not to stare. I, personally, was gazing at this SUV from minute one, admiring every inch crafted carefully by the British engineers for a more versatile and aerodynamically capable Land Rover Discovery. The design details with focus on smoother modern lines created a more vibrant silhouette of a sporty, luxurious and spacious SUV.

On top of that, the swept to the side signature LED headlights and the distinguished taillights combined with the sharp blades of the 22” Aero V Sparkle silver alloys convey the Discovery’s modernity, strength and fitness in design.

Despite the fact that admiring the vehicle from the outside was a killer sight, it was time to pick up the team and head towards our exploration journey for discovering new places and going above and beyond. Thus as I’m opening the door with my Land Rover Wristband Leisure Activity Key (what a functional invention), one thing was lingering in my head: How come such a bespoke vehicle is not badged?

And the Land Rover stunned me with a wow effect; The British Auto Makers, and in order to reflect its uniqueness, positioned the Bespoke First Edition badge on the B-Pillar of the SUV reminding you as you enter or exit this exceptional Discovery First Edition of its originality and exclusivity. Simply astonishing.

Once inside the cabin, the modern cultural styling is the main title for the First Edition. Premium materials are used all over the inside cabin. Our vehicle came with Tan/Ebony Windsor Leather Interior with Nimbus Contrast Stitching & Ebony Carpet. The eye catcher was actually the exclusive to All-New Discovery First Edition a Cartography Aluminum finisher gracefully laid out on the doors and across the instrument mid-section. The legendary aspect of this item is inspired from the Discovery Journey: the carefully and exclusively crafted map shows different milestones across the UK where the vehicle was designed and built including Land Rover Design headquarters at Gaydon, world-class manufacturing facilities at Solihull and the capital of British design – London. The center console also features the bespoke ‘First Edition’ badge. I was truly amazed.

Elegance and comfort are not the only aspects I enjoyed while driving the First Edition; the 10” Infotainment Touchscreen coped with Multifunction Premium Leather Steering Wheel placing the world at my fingertips as I was pulling away with my friend from city and enjoying our favorite tunes blasting from the MERIDIAN™ Surround Sound Audio System are worthy of being a signature feature of the First Edition.

Another noticeable aspect inside the All-New Discovery First Edition is the cleverly laid out seating and stowage space. You can practically fit anything with the seats up or down. It even comes equipped with Front Centre Console Cooler Compartment and stowage space in every possible location: Hidden Central IP Stowage, Central Hinged Twin Lidded Stowage, First and Second Row Door Bins, Lower Centre Console Stowage, Outboard Driver Side Stowage Bin, Rear Left/Right Stowage Cubby Box, Third Row Stowage and much more. This vehicle is made for every lifestyle.

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Our expedition continues as we approach the desert, we took on a left turn right in the middle of nowhere and headed to what we hope it will be an oasis. We didn’t know exactly what to expect as we have never been in this area before.

Adventure on my mind, discovering on my list and First Edition capabilities is the target. At first, we hit the unpaved roads as the Discovery was sliding smoothly across the pathway with enough power generated from its 3.0 L V6 Supercharged engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission generating 340bhp and 450Nm of torque. As the landscape got tougher moving further into the desert and the sand got smoother, the Discovery despite its elegant and luxurious look revealed its true identity as an off-road capable vehicle ravishing the obstacles the desert threw at our face.

The All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) and Terrain Response 2 among other systems such as Hill Descent Control (HDC) with Off-Road ABS, EBD, CBC… monitor the driving conditions and automatically select the correct driving mode to help the driver enjoy an adventurous trip safely like we did.

One thing I regret not being able to test is the 900mm Wading Depth, but hey I was in the desert.

Finally, we reached an area with supreme tranquility, the true meaning of oasis. The lakes surrounded us from one side, the desert from the other side and a huge metal structure that I personally never seen before was there as well, the mission is accomplished.

And Oh, did I mention that the First Edition is actually a 7-seat enabled vehicle loaded with options such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Drowsiness Monitoring, Rear Parking Aid with Surround Camera System, Reverse Traffic Detection, Perpendicular Park Assis, Cooled & Heated Front & Rear Seats, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror and most importantly the signature of the First Edition the Intelligent Seat Fold feature.

So wherever you want to go, whoever and whatever you want to take, All-New Discovery First Edition is above and beyond.

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