Stunt was attempted by Olympic snowboarder Aimee Fuller.
Jeep is playing up its go anywhere attitude by becoming the first automaker to drive a vehicle up and down an Olympic-standard white water course.
The stunt was conducted at the Cardiff International White Water Center in the United Kingdom when Olympic snowboarder Aimee Fuller used a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk to drive up and down an 820 foot long white water course. This wasn't an easy challenge as the Renegade had to battle water flowing at a rate of more than 4.4 tons per second.
According to Fuller, “I’d never done anything like this before so when I arrived and saw the power and heard the noise of the water I was nervous." However, "Once I had driven into the course and got through the first few rapids the car felt great, really in control, and I started to relax and enjoy it."
As a refresher, the Renegade Trailhawk is an off-road focused model that features an increased ride height and special skid plates. The crossover also boasts a Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode as well as a Jeep Active Drive Low system with a 20:1 crawl ratio.
In the United States, the model is powered by a 2.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. It is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission and a standard four-wheel drive system.
Jeep Renegade drives white water rafting course
WORLD FIRST: JEEP RENEGADE DRIVES OLYMPIC-STANDARD WHITE WATER RAFTING COURSE
- Jeep has become the first automotive manufacturer to drive a car up and down an Olympic-standard white water course
- Jeep and Red Bull ambassador Aimee Fuller piloted the Renegade on its maiden voyage at the Cardiff International White Water Centre
- Olympic snowboarder Aimee successfully battled four tonnes of water per second and a 30 foot drop on the 250 metre course
- View Aimee in action here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8B91s4BVFs
Jeep has once again showcased its legendary 4x4 driving credentials by becoming the world’s first automotive manufacturer to drive a car up and down an Olympic-standard white water rafting course.
Jeep and Red Bull ambassador Aimee Fuller guided the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk on the thrilling challenge at Cardiff’s International White Water Centre.
The Renegade and Olympic snowboarder Aimee tackled extreme off-road conditions as they went up and down the 250 metre long course, battling a flow of water that exceeded four tonnes per second and a descent of more than 30 feet from top to bottom.
“I’d never done anything like this before so when I arrived and saw the power and heard the noise of the water I was nervous,” said 24-year-old Aimee.
“But once I had driven into the course and got through the first few rapids the car felt great, really in control, and I started to relax and enjoy it.
“It’s a pretty cool thing to say I was the first person ever to drive a car down a white water rafting course, not something you do every day.”
Damien Dally, head of brand, Jeep UK, said: “We are always looking for unusual ways to demonstrate how good our cars are in extreme off-road conditions and driving the Renegade down a white water rafting course successfully has certainly showcased that.
“We are proud to say we are the first automotive manufacturer to achieve the feat of driving up and down white water rapids and that the stunt truly embodied the spirit of the car; of being renegade.”
To find out more about Jeep and the Renegade model, visit: http://www.jeep.co.uk/renegade/