It celebrates Motul's fifth year as the rally's official oil sponsor.
Motul is celebrating 45 years of the Dakar Rally and its fifth year as the rally's official oil partner by building a rally-inspired Jeep Wagoneer.
It's an odd car to use as the basis of a rally-inspired build, though the result falls more into the overlanding category. This particular off-roader is not something you'd actually want to enter in a Rally Raid. Even bespoke cars tend to lose control during the 3,000-mile, 14-stage event. It's arguably the most intense off-road race on earth, though the King of Hammers is a decent local alternative.
At least from an overland perspective, this appears to be quite a good build.
Motul chose a model with the standard 5.7-liter HEMI V8, which produces 392 horsepower and 404 lb-ft of torque. The engine is helped along by a 16-hp and 130-lb-ft electric motor nestled between the engine and gearbox. So that bit of the car is perfectly adequate. The Wagoneer is also available with a new twin-turbo straight-six, and that's a mighty powertrain arguably better suited to the concept of off-road racing.
As you can see, this Wagoneer is much taller than the standard car. Motul equipped it with a fifth-generation Ram 1500 3.5-inch ReadyLIFT suspension kit and added two-inch spacers to the rear suspension. The matte black 18-inch wheels were provided by Black Rhino Wheels, and they're wrapped in 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 tires. These are the same tires Ford uses as standard on most of its Raptor products, including the epic Bronco Raptor. The rear-mounted spare tire mount comes from RIGd Supply, and it also has space for a standard five-gallon Jerry Can.
The vinyl wrap is Dakar-inspired and was done by Sticky Fingers Design of Huntington Beach, California.
Motul is not done with the project yet. In the near future, this build will get a Gobi Racks Stealth Roof Rack and an Area BFE Black Series aluminum hard-shell roof-top tent to sit on top of it. A fridge/freezer will keep your graze cold over a long journey, and a rear ladder should help shorter passengers get into the tent in a dignified manner.
We had a quick browse, and all the goodies Motul mentions add roughly $5,500 to the price of the vehicle. That's just for the equipment and not fitment. And you have to pay Jeep an additional $3,000 to equip the Wagoneer with a 4WD system.
While a standard Wagoneer is not the best off-roader, Motul has proved that it can be converted into a capable overland vehicle. The Motul Wagoneer will spend the rest of 2023 making appearances at various off-road shows across the country.