With Mater Cars for Cancer lottery No. 113, you have the chance to win Beauty and the Beast; namely a Lotus Trooper family caravan and RAM 1500 DT Laramie to tow it. But let’s not put the cart before the horsepower…
The modified RAM 1500 DT Laramie Crew Cab featured in Mater Cars for Cancer’s Lottery 113 is wrapped in black and fully jacked, so it’s time to dial up the darkness and administer the sinister.
You’d be driving with your eyes closed if you didn’t notice the influx of RAMs on our roads over these last few years. From what was once a curious slice of misplaced Americana, the RAM is now a formidable sales force thanks to the efforts of importers Ateco and local conversion house Walkinshaw Automotive.
Marketed by RAM Trucks Australia, all parties must be doing something right because around 20,000 Rams now run rampant on Australian roads, making our market the biggest outside of the USA. Given the history of US trucks in Australia, it’s about time, and therefore it’s about time you added one to your driveway. Click the link, buy a ticket and it could happen.
Maters Cars for Cancer aren’t going to let the lucky prize winner roll out in something the same as 19,999 others. Nope, the RAM is ripe for revision to ensure the prize pick up is unique among the lands, starting with a custom matte black wrap adorning every metal surface, with formerly chrome appointments painted in ever-so-slightly contrasting satin black.
If a matte black RAM sitting in your driveway isn’t formidable enough, the truck also cops a Tough Dog 2” suspension lift to put it over and above the rest. A set of titanium-finished 18x9” Method Race Wheels MR317 alloys completes the look, shod in Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tyres that ensure you’re well looked after both on and off the road. This RAM is ready to rumble the jungle with the Lotus Trooper prize pool caravan in tow. Purchasing a ticket will put you in the draw… if you dare.
The RAM range is imported by Ateco and converted to right-hand-drive by industry specialists Walkinshaw Automotive, who have doubled their capacity to meet demand. New steering, dashboard, heating, and ventilation systems are fitted, with most components made right here in Australia. In fact, the amount of work needed to convert these trucks is tantamount to remanufacturing, which places Walkinshaw Automotive, now with over 640 employees, as Australia’s largest vehicle manufacturer.
If you win a RAM, you don’t just win a truck, you win a technological powerhouse that belies its Dodge Brothers, farm-fresh origins. The 2023 RAM 1500 DT Laramie boasts a 291kw petrol HEMI V8 with 556Nm of torque, but with its eTorque stop-start system and regenerative braking feeding a 48V lithium-ion ‘mild hybrid’ battery, fuel economy is just 12.2l/100kms. Although it veritably sniffs petrol compared to yesterday’s big V8s, the HEMI will launch the 2600kg Ram to 100km/h in just seven seconds which is, quite frankly ridiculous.
The entire prize is valued at $330,000, including the RAM, the Lotus caravan and $9,800 worth of cashable gold bullion, making this Beast a beauty in itself.