We’ve featured a lot of Nurburgring charges on crankandpiston in the past: Dodge Viper ACR, Jaguar XKR-S, Formula BMW Single Seater. You get the idea: high performance machines with a bucketful of horsepower, multiple ounces of grunt, and wow factors which are often immeasurable. But a Jeep…?

Long since THE name for rugged, off-road exploration, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 is not what you’d call a speed machine. Plonk Nurburgring legend Sabine Schmitz behind the wheel though and you may be surprised to see just what the 4WD monster can do when it’s really put through its tyre squealing paces >>>

James Gent first started as a freelance motorsport writer in the UK, before an urge to be paid a monthly wage saw him move to Dubai in late 2011. A keen motoring enthusiast, he hopes that one day his garage will hold a Lamborghini Countach, as well as a WRC Lancia Delta Integrale.

James Gent