BREAKING THE MOLD WITH AN 1,800-HP 4X4 RAM
When it comes to drag racing, lightness is king. Diesel 4x4s, on the other hand, are just about the worst platform for drag racing thanks to their impressive heft. While there are 8- and 9-second diesels out there, most still tip the scales at 5,000 to 6,000 pounds. Jean Pierre Libert (JP for short) had a different idea about how to build a diesel drag truck. He knew he could make power, but he wondered—do diesels need to weigh nearly 3 tons? He set forth to find out.
Chassis on a Diet
“The truck just plain wouldn’t have been built without Cory Dow and Dow Brothers Racing,” says JP. “We talked for endless hours about how to cut out what we didn’t need and weighed everything from crossmembers to CP3 brackets.”
With a clear plan in mind, JP and Dow set about building the truck they had in their minds. Following the current street car trend, the back of the chassis was removed, as was the front. The factory ’07 3/4-ton frame rails continued under the cab, but everything else was removed. This would still give the truck a full-size street truck look but with minimal weight.
Another area where JP refused to compromise was the drive system. To him, diesel trucks are 4x4s, which meant that a tube-chassis S10-style