Published March 21, 2013
You’ll want to be careful about wearing yoga pants in this one.
Jeep has created a truck that’s so lightweight, you can see through it.
The Wrangler Stitch is a trimmed-down version of the iconic off-roader that features an aluminum floor pan, gas tank and control arms, chrome moly roll cage and carbon fiber hood. Even the windshield has been chopped two inches to drop a few pounds.
But it’s most apparent weight-saving measures are transparent body panels made from architectural fabric wrapped over a solid frame.
Other upgrades include racing seats borrowed from the SRT Viper supercar, a Mopar cold air intake and exhaust, 17-inch aluminum wheels, DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 axles and a host of other off-road mods.
The result is a vehicle that tips the scales at just 3,000 pounds, about 800 pounds less than a stock Wrangler. Tread lightly, indeed.
The Wrangler Stitch is one of six custom vehicles created by Jeep to showcase its selection of aftermarket parts and ideas for the future at its annual Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, Utah, which begins next week.