Jeep to Sport Ferrari Red for Formula One Stars

Two specially prepared models of the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 were delivered to Scuderia Ferrari Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at the Fiorano circuit in Maranello, Italy on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The identically built vehicles were handed over to the two star drivers by Beth Paretta, director of Marketing and Operations – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC.

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Each Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 features an aggressive exterior look with an SRT-exclusive design, which adds classic Ferrari brand styling cues and the Rosso Corsa signature color.

The seven-slot Jeep front grille is painted matte black and features custom red inserts. A race-inspired, offset black driver’s stripe with a white accent customizes the front and rear bumpers, hood, the entire surface of the roof and the rear spoiler.

Additional details include a matte black painted dual-pane sunroof, Carbon fiber mirror caps and a gloss black rear light bar with red accents on the Jeep logo. To complete the exterior trim of the two custom-built SRT8 models, the Italian flag has been painted on the underside of the rear spoiler: a tribute to the Ferrari F150 degree Formula One car.

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Ride height has been lowered 1.5 inches and both vehicles ride on unique forged aluminium, 20-inch wheels painted black giving them an even more aggressive stance.

The two, uniquely customized Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 models are based on the new high-performance model of the Jeep flagship SUV set to arrive in Europe, where it will be available in Jeep dealerships starting this summer.

The Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand uses a product development formula featuring five hallmarks: powertrains; ride, handling and capability; benchmark braking; aggressive exteriors and race-inspired interiors.

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