http://www.pickuptruck.com/html/stories/cannonball/cb1.html 2002 SEMA Preview: Performance West Group Ram Dodge Ram HD 'Cannonball Express' The all-new 2003 Dodge Ram Heavy-Duty 3500 1-Ton Cummins Turbo-Diesel Quad-Cab Dually has once again rewritten the rules for Heavy-Duty 1-ton pickups. The new Ram HD with the redesigned Cummins HO diesel in Quad Cab trim is the biggest, the boldest, the roomiest, the most comfortable, the most luxurious and safest in it's class. The fully boxed and hydro-formed steel frame has been redesigned and is incredibly strong and rigid. The Kenworth big-rig exterior design is now more imposing, and the cargo box has the largest cargo carrying capacity. The new Ram HD rides on standard 17in. tires/wheels that are a first for the class. Powering the Ram HD is a redesigned 5.9liter I6 Cummins Turbocharged and Intercooled Diesel engine that generates 305hp at 2,900rpm and an amazing 555ft.lb. of torque at just 1,400rpm. Handling such a large 4X4 vehicle is made easier with a new suspension with a live axle/Quadra Link front setup with leading arms, a track bar, coil springs, thick stabilizer bar and giant gas charged shock absorbers. The rear setup also features a live axle setup with longitudinal leaf springs and giant gas-charged shocks. The industry's first rack & pinion system makes driving the 2WD HD more fun rack & a newly redesigned recirculating-ball system on the 4X4's has better 'on-center' feel and response at high-speeds. Power is channeled to the rear wheels through a new, slick shifting 6-speed manual transmission. The proven and reliable Hotchkiss 4X4 Transfer case easily gets you in and out of 4X4 'on-the-fly'. Safely slowing down the new Ram HD down are the largest and strongest power assisted, ABS steel disc brakes in the industry, a whopping 13.9in. with twin-piston calipers at each wheel. This new 4X4 Ram can go anywhere and tow more than 13,000lbs. When you are behind the wheel you are sitting in the roomiest cabin in the class, it's like your den with all the comfort, convenience and luxurious touches that you are accustomed to. While your on your travels you are sitting in the largest and most comfortable captains chairs, the instrument panel is easy to see and understand with all buttons, levers and switches easy to reach. Safety for front and rear-seat passengers is also class leading with the segment's first use of pretensioners in the front-seat 3-point safety belts and side-curtain airbags to protect front and rear passengers in the event of a side-collision. Dodge has done it again, offering the best looking, largest, most powerful, roomiest, most comfortable and safest in the Heavy-Duty 1-ton pickup segment. Enter the folks from Performance West Group, innovators and visionaries who design and engineer dreams that come true for pickup truck enthusiasts looking for more than what the factory offers, even when the factory model stands head & shoulders above the competition. Performance West has taken the great new Ram HD 1-ton Cummins-Turbo Diesel Quad Cab Dually 4X4 to a higher level in exterior styling, power, handling, comfort and luxury, enabling you to go further with added towing capacity, and to more thoroughly enjoy your time spent behind the wheel. Performance West has named this new tuned and dressed-up version of the Ram 3500 HD Cummins Diesel Quad Cab Dually the 'Cannonball Express', aptly named for the legendary Red Ball Express from WWII, the unstoppable US Army Transportation Division that supplied our ground forces with everything from food to munitions, and insured that those who answered the call to arms were not without that which they needed. Nothing could stop the Express; no distance, was too great, no load too heavy. Each journey was not only a life saving mission but also an opportunity to enter history. Today, the Dodge Ram Cannonball Express carries on the great tradition for those spirited individuals who relish their own journeys toward their own unique adventures. This vehicle redefines such concepts as big, strong, smart and totally capable. Under the hood is an enhanced High-Output Cummins I6 engine. The high-pressure, common-rail, fuel-injected 5.9liter inline 6-cylinder engine is turbocharged and intercooled. Cummins chrome plated all the engine parts and added high-performance headers to more efficiently exit the hot gases. These hot gases then exit the vehicle through massive Gibson Performance 4in. diameter chrome-plated dual exhausts that run the length of the Ram 1-ton and gives a great sounding bass exhaust note. This special engine shakes the asphalt like an earthquake, right off the Richter Scale with an incredible 350hp at 2,900rpm and 650ft.lb. of torque at just 1,400rpm. It's almost inconceivable-at just a whisper above idle, the Cannonball can clean-break over 11-tons of rolling weight, the highest towing capacity of any 1-ton truck on the road. The Cannonball's design elements enhance its purpose and its size. This is a long-haul truck; born to dominate the nation's highways, to scale the Rockies, consume miles of desert and grasslands. Xenon Body Styling custom designed the unique front fascia and fender flares with Street Scene Equipment supplying the perforated aluminum top and bottom grilles that gives the Cannonball Express a more racy, high-performance look. Every aspect of this 1-ton is accentuated, larger than life, as if in sheer acknowledgment of the uniqueness and strength of this vehicle. Adding to its already imposing dimensions, SpectraFlair Holographic Metalflake 'Cold Rolled Steel' paint covers every inch of this brute's muscular body. The color is a fluid silver/blue in appearance, and evokes the strength of cold rolled steel. Further enhancing the fire-breathing persona of the Cannonball Express are SpectraFlair ghost flames that run along the sides, further re-enforcing the unique theme of this vehicle. Add huge 22X8in. 'Edge' Oasis Alloy Wheels, and wrap them with massive 38in. tires, (LT315/60R22), created exclusively for the Cannonball Express by Goodyear. What we have here is a real 'Road Warrior'. Add a White Night Light System at the rear for nighttime lighting needs, a Wise Industries bedliner, an electric folding tonneau cover by Wabasto, and you've got a vehicle unlike any other, one that captures your attention, at rest or at speed! Handling and control of the Cannonball Express has also been enhanced with a lowering kit from Advantage Performance Center. A lower center of gravity riding on 22in. tires/wheels gives the Cannonball Express a more sedan like responsive and compliant ride. With standard 13.9in. power-assisted ABS steel disc brakes clamped with 2-piston calipers at each wheel, there was no need to upgrade the industry's best brakes. When you climb aboard the Cannonball Express you've found a new home to relax and enjoy yourself as you spend effortless hours watching the sights of the highway go by, and hear the rumble of the Cummins Turbo Diesel in your pursuit of your latest adventure. The Ram's interior is wrapped in durable, glove-soft Katzkin leather in all seats and the large folding center console. The cabin is also accented with brushed stainless steel trim surrounding the instrument panel, center stack and door switch plates. Thick Mopar floor mats relax your feet and you can't miss the Dodge logo stainless steel door entry guards as you enter and exit the cab. Johnson Window Film is applied to the side and rear glass enabling the cabin to stay cool on hot days with an extra measure of security from prying eyes. For you're your entertainment, listen to a Clarion AM-FM Sirius Satellite System stereo that is always with you when you've ventured far off the beaten path. The Cannonball Express was not created to just roam the confines of the city; this is one vehicle that's just too big, too strong, and too powerful to continually travel with conventional traffic. The Cannonball Express demands long, winding stretches of country. Its only limitation is the courage of the driver to experience the wide-open spaces, while living life in the fast lane.