Students Worked Together To Build A Wrangler – So Why Is It Being Auctioned Off?

Fox Lake Jeep dealers are in awe of one particular Jeep Wrangler, but you won’t find it at any of the Jeep dealerships near you.


What makes this Wrangler so special? It was built by a group of high school kids.


A custom-built Jeep Wrangler made waves at this year’s SEMA show when it was revealed that the vehicle was painstakingly assembled by teens at a New Mexico magnet high school. The Wrangler was auctioned off to benefit the group of kids who built it. All proceeds from the sale of the Wrangler will be used to fund another automotive project for these enterprising young people.


Working in partnership with SEMA, students from the Santa Fe Early College Opportunities (Santa Fe ECO) Applied Science Magnet School’s Auto Tech School built a one-of-a-kind 2015 four-wheel-drive Jeep Wrangler. SEMA sponsored the teens and a total of 23 automotive aftermarket companies donated more than $20,000 worth of parts to help the kids complete the project. The donated parts included everything from wheels to suspension components to a winch.


The project started in early 2017 with the delivery of the Jeep to the school. During the build, the students got the opportunity to experiment with Jeep’s versatile components, get a ton of amazing hands-on experience and even make a few assembly tweaks of their own.


The vehicle’s original 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine received a surge of power thanks to an Edelbrock supercharger and a variety of air-intake parts (including a snorkel) from K&N Engineering. The Wrangler’s exhaust system also got a makeover thanks to a cat-back single-exit exhaust kit provided by Flowmaster.


“This is the first time we’ve done something like this, and it was about so much more than just outfitting a Jeep,” Chris Coriz, the magnet school’s auto-tech teacher and program manager, told trade publication The Drive in a recent interview. “Together with SEMA, we documented the entire project to build a curriculum that other schools can follow. We are proud to be the pilot for what will be a great program. The proceeds of the sale of the Jeep will go a very long way.”


The Wrangler was listed on the auction website Bring A Trailer in early June. All of the proceeds from the sale of the vehicle will be donated back to the school to create a self-sustaining auto-tech program. If students and administrators feel that the program is successful, the Santa Fe ECO Auto Tech School will serve as a prototype for similar auto-tech programs across the country.


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