The Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Is A Factory Beast
The Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle has been revealed ten months ago and the now Dodge revealed the real thing. A true race car, prepared only for drag race is out and it seems it’s absolutely bonkers. Dodge did all the things from the book and just by looking at the car it is obvious it can do some damage racing.
According to Mopar Motorsports Marketing Manager Dale Aldo, “In the first runs the new Drag Pak ran consistently in the eights [eight-second range] while improving times at the 60-ft. mark and also performing very well in the quarter mile. Once our customers get the car on the track, we feel it’s going to be a clear winner.”
So, there you have it. The Drag Pak will allow the Challenger to hit the quarter of a mile mark in around eight seconds, which is quite amazing considering that the car actually comes prepped from the factory and not from some garage in Alabama. The changes done to the car were quite profound. Dodge had to do so much that if you buy it you basically end up with a full-on drag car. Apart from the engine modifications, the wheels on the thing are 15 inches in diameter with the radial drag tires on them. That helps a lot for hitting the 8 second pass. However, much more interesting changes were done to the suspension. Looking at drag racing, as a rather simple sport, it is rather incredible what sorts of modifications had to be done to the suspension to use everything the engine has got and achieve top notch acceleration.
We will not try to put it better than Dodge, so here it is. Dodge suspension gained “unique Mopar K-Member and suspension geometry, with double adjustable compression and rebound struts. At the back of the car is a four-link suspension with Panhard bar, Strange Engineering 4-inch solid axle with 9-inch aluminum third member, 40-spline gun drilled axles, shocks with adjustable compression and rebound and an anti-roll bar. The rear axle mounting has been strengthened from the previous generation Drag Pak to help the car launch faster and harder.”
With all of this even the stock motor in it should make wonders, but Dodge did a proper job and offered the Mopar Drag Pak with two different engines. First of, the naturally aspirated engine with an aluminum block has the capacity of seven liters. Dodge actually reported it is a 426 (ci of course) and it is fully prepped for drag races. We do not really know the power output, but it is a lot.
On the other hand, the Challenger Drag Pak can be had with a supercharged engine. A Hemi 345 V8 with a supercharger has an iron block, but it is equally mad as that large seven liter engine. The engines are mated with race prepped transmission and the cars complement the requirements of the NHRA. Basically, after you buy them, you could race them five minutes after. The problem might be the price. $99.000 is the version with naturally aspirated engine, while the supercharged car is ten grand more.
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