Mopar Introduces 2011 Challenger Drag Pak for NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock

This One Has a V-10 and is Race-ready!
  • Mopar® Challenger V-10 Drag Pak built for sanctioned NHRA Stock and Super Stock configurations
  • Priced at $85,512, Mopar to build 70 serialized units
  • Production starts 1Q 2011, applications available now at local Dodge dealerships or at http://www.mopar.com
  • Past Mopar Challenger Drag Pak model-year programs sold out (2009 and 2010)

October 1, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Racers rejoice. Mopar® is dropping a V-10 into the iconic Dodge Challenger.

The new race-only V-10 powered rear-wheel drive 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak features an 8.4-liter 512 cubic-inch engine with a 2-speed automatic transmission. Mopar will showcase its new drag car this evening at the Dodge Viper Owner’s Invitational in Salt Lake City. The vehicle will then make its way to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas from Nov. 2-5, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando from Dec. 9-11. Continue reading

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V-8 Pony Car Drag Race! 2011 Mustang GT vs 2010 Camaro SS vs 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8

Mustang vs Camaro vs Challenger

Motor Trend TV puts three epic V8 Pony Car contenders to the test: the 2011 Ford Mustang GT, 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS and 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8. With more than 1200 heart stopping horsepower the trio dukes it out to see just who is the 1/4 mile king. Video After the jump! Continue reading

The Mopar ’10 Challenger Production Car Pix

Mopar '10 Challenger

Dodge unleashed their first Mopar branded vehicle earlier this month: The Mopar ’10 Challenger. now along with the sketches Dodge has released the production pictures of the limited edition Challenger. Full Image gallery after the jump!

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Vintage Crash Tests. How safe is your vintage iron?

1969 Ford Mustang Wreck

What do you drive? For the past fifteen years my daily driver has been vintage or near classic (20+ years old) for all but five of those years. Countless 1960’s Mustangs and Jeeps with a Miata recently thrown in for good measure. As I get older, I tend to learn more towards function over originality. Don’t get me wrong. I am an automotive purist. I’ll curse and mutter underneath my breathe if you turn your 1967 Mustang into Eleanor. If you do it to an original Shelby, well, I might even do it to your face. Don’t get me wrong your have every right to strut around thinking your Nicholas Cage, just don’t butcher a classic Mustang to do it. (If you feel urge to own an Eleanor buy a Dynacorn Mustang Body Shell and make that a clone of a clone. ) -But what I do think is that safe minded upgrades not only increase the drive-ability and value of your car… they just might save your life. Continue reading

Dodge Announces Limited Edition MOPAR ’10 Challenger

Mopar '10 Challenger.
The The Mopar 10 Challenger is the first production vehicle to be sold with a Mopar badge. It’s a special edition Challenger limited to 500 copies. Video contains shots of the vehicle, interior/exterior sketches, clips from Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles, Mopar CEO Pietro Gorlier, exterior designer Mark Trostle, interior designer Dan Zimmermann after the jump. It is the first production vehicle to be sold with a Mopar badge. It’s a special edition Challenger limited to 500 copies. Continue reading

Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang make NASCAR debuts at Daytona

The return of the Dodge Challenger to the race track at Daytona International Speedway was three years in the making, according to the raw calculations of Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of the company that produces the car.

But it’s actually been much longer than that between stints on the Daytona track for the Challenger, which last graced the 2.5-mile superspeedway in the 1980s in what was then known as the Busch Series as well as the Late Model Sportsman series.

“As a car maker, we are happy. For us, it’s the return of Challenger,” Gilles said. “We have been absent almost two decades from racing.”

The return actually occurred Wednesday when five Dodge Challengers were among the 36 “new” Nationwide cars that tested Wednesday at Daytona. But it won’t become official until Friday night when the Challengers — as well as seven Ford Mustangs that will be entirely new to the series — race against each other and all other comers in the Subway Jalapeno 250.

“We haven’t had a lot of time on the track, but so far it’s really cool to drive,” Brad Keselowski said of the Challenger. “We ran a bunch of laps and seem to be really fast.”

Keselowski’s teammate at Penske Racing, Justin Allgaier, was the fastest of those behind the wheel in the new Dodges. His top lap time of 48.280 seconds, which translated to 186.413 mph, ranked 12th overall on the practice speed chart. Continue reading

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