YouTuber Building 1,000 HP Hellephant Jeep Gladiator, Will Be a 6x6

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Photo: thestradman/Instagram
After years of waiting, Jeep has finally brought the pickup truck back into its showrooms. And while certain buyers are having trouble due to the $20,000 markups some dealers are greedily adding, certain Gladiator owners have other things on the hands. You know, stuff like dropping an 1,000 horsepower engine under the hood.
To be more precise, YouTuber The Stradman has decided to do a Hellephant swap in his Gladiator. Who knows, perhaps the aficioando wanted something to outshine his Lamborghinis (he drives a Gallardo and an Aventador) and decided to go all American.

Like many of us, James (this is his actual name) was fascinated by the idea of getting a thousand-horsepower engine with a warranty. And now he wants to get rid of the 3.6-liter V6 in his Gladiator in favor of the supercharged 7.0-liter V8.

As if that wasn't enough, the vlogger wants to take the thing one step further and go for a 6x6 conversion. With or without this, the four-digit output requires serious reinforcement of the drivetrain, so we'll have to see what kind of axles are used in this story.

And the questions won't stop here. For instance, how safe is this mechanical transformation in case of an accident?

Then again, when we're talking about social media attention, the race to be original is the thing these days, so this seems like a one-way street.

The build is handled by a company called America's Most Wanted 4x4 and you can see the Gladiator in the shop below - yes, that is a 707-pony Hellcat engine with the Orange cylinder heads, since the Hellephant engines will only land next month. So we should get updates soon.

Now, if you happen to be in a hurry, the Instagram post below is all you need. However, if you're looking for a sample of the said vlogger's automotive life, you can check out the video at the bottom of the page.

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