Everyone on the Internet loves to flex these days. Most of that doesn’t matter of course, but there is a type of flexing that I think you’ll be interested in hearing more about. It’s how a vehicle can flex and climb a special home-built ramp to determine its RTI (Ramp Travel Index) as devised by automotive journalist and engineer Dan Edmunds. Recently, he set the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave on his ramp.
Dan is creating a scoreboard for vehicles subjected to this test. And so far it’s an all-Jeep show. Prior to the Mojave, Dan tested the Gladiator Rubicon and he was able to devise an RTI score for that truck. Two, actually, as he tested it with its front stabilizer bar in place and with it electronically disconnected. As you can imagine, there’s a big difference in how well the Rubicon performs based on whether that bar is in place or not.
The Mojave, however, doesn’t have the luxury of pressing a button and seeing its bar disconnected. Still, it performs quite well. See for yourself by hitting play on the video above.