Electronic Hack Turns Trackhawk into Monstrous Burnout Machine

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Pulling just one fuse under the hood allows the Jeep Grand Cherokee to exorcise its Hellcat power via the rear wheels.

Doing burnouts in a Hellcat-powered Dodge Charger or Challenger is pretty easy. You basically just mash the brake pedal, pin the throttle, and hold on tight as the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi turns the rear tires into smoke. It’s not so easy in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk because it’s an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Or is it?

Stefan Williams, host of the Youtube channel Mod2Fame Vlog, recently went to a Cars and Coffee event at MotorEnvy, a business in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey that offers high-end and exotic vehicles on a monthly subscription basis. After touring the service bays, which contain an Audi R8 and a Lamborghini LM002, Williams goes outside to meet with a friend of his who owns a black Trackhawk. Williams had previously pulled a fuse from his Dodge Durango to make it default to rear-wheel drive and now his pal wants to know if he can do the same thing with his Trackhawk.

jk-forum.com Burnouts in a RWD Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Williams takes a look under the hood and doesn’t run into any snags. He examines the layout of the fuse box and everything seems to be as expected so he yanks out #77.

jk-forum.com Burnouts in a RWD Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

The true test comes when Williams fires up the Hellcat. “We’re looking for the traction light to be off … to see if it worked.” His fuse-ectomy was a success, so his friend jumps behind the wheel to vaporize the rear rubber. The ultimate proof is in the puff of smoke it generates, which causes Williams to scream out, “It works!”

jk-forum.com Burnouts in a RWD Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

When you have 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque in front of you, one short little burnout just isn’t enough. The Trackhawk owner puts it into first gear, then lays on the throttle until white smoke fills the rear passenger-side wheel well and flows out from under the exhaust pipes and rear diffuser like a ghost bent on the destruction of expensive tires.

The fun comes to a quick – but understandable – end. Williams says, “We’re going to turn it back into a Trackhawk now.” Fortunately, getting the Jeep back to RWD is a quick and easy process: just unplug and play.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum, Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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