Instagram photo shows wounded Hellcat pickup
TRX down, no reports of injured handlers
Well, this is embarrassing. Sure, we expected the 700+ horsepower 2021 Ram TRX to end up on its side at some point, and probably sooner rather than later, but we definitely didn’t expect the tumble to happen while the dune-jumping pickup was still inside the factory.
The photo of the laid down Ram was posted to Instagram late yesterday by sinister_lifestyle (via The Drive). It shows a so new it’s not even done yet 2021 TRX on its side, somewhere in what appears to be Ram’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. A commenter on the photo confirmed that location, saying that the incident happened on the 29th in the morning.
It’s tough to tell exactly where in the production process this happened, but the truck does look close to being complete. It does seem to be lacking taillights, though the truck in front of it (which doesn’t look like a TRX) already has its installed.
Production of the TRX started just over a week ago, with the 702 hp supercharged pickups starting to roll off the line just before Christmas. That first truck is to be sold for charity. This truck will more likely be sent for scrap.
As for what caused the issue, The Drive said that the poster didn’t have more info and that FCA hadn’t responded. It’s possible that the eight inches of extra body width and the tires that go with it are still having some teething issues fitting onto the same line as the rest of the trucks. And as John Hammond will tell you, it’s tough to keep a T-Rex in a cage.