No worries Mopar performance aficionados, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US LLC will continue to build upon the rich Chrysler racing tradition. By unveiling the all-new 2015 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, a factory prepped vehicle designed explicitly for drag racing, FCA has endeared themselves to the racing community.
The Drag Pak Challenger is engineered to meet the needs of Sportsman racers competing in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) level events. “Today, we write the next page in our performance playbook with the reveal of the production Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, a vehicle that offers, for the first time, a supercharged engine that provides our racers more options,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO — Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA. “Our brand is committed to supporting Mopar drivers who compete at all levels. In 2014, we debuted a new Dodge Dart NHRA Pro Stock car that won right out of the gate. In 2015, our new Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car did the same. Now, Mopar is supercharging our Sportsman racers.”
The race-ready Challenger will be offered with your choice of either a 354-cubic-inch supercharged Gen III HEMI V8, or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI V8 engine. The 354-cubic-inch engine features a cast-iron block and a forged steel crankshaft for added durability. Standard equipment includes a Mopar spec camshaft and custom performance engine tuning software but many other options are available in the Drag Pak. The larger engine is composed of an aluminum block with steel cylinder liners and aluminum cylinder heads, monitored by Mopar performance engine calibration software. Both engines are mated with Drag Pak race-prepped transmissions (available in automatic or manual).
Drivetrain & Suspension
Strange Engineering is responsible for putting the ponies to the pavement with a nine-inch aluminum third member. It is loaded with 4-inch solid axles that are gun drilled with 40-splines. Final drive gear-ratio selection is left up to the buyer. Rear axle mounting has been stiffened to promote faster and harder launches.
The front suspension is based on exclusive Mopar K-Member suspension geometry with double adjustable compression and rebound struts. Front and rear 15-inch lightweight wheels bear the Mopar logo in the center, The fronts are 4.5-inches wide and the rear are 9-inches wide. Wrapped around the Mopar wheels is a set of Hoosier drag radials (28-inch diameter front and 30-inch diameter rear). Bringing the Dodge to halt is accomplished using slotted and drilled front and rear brake rotors, racing brake pads, calipers, and master cylinder.
It will not be difficult to differentiate between the small block equipped cars and the big block equipped cars. Specially designed body graphics will announce how big your engine is to the world. The 354 c.i.d. engine equipped car will feature a blue stripe with “354 Supercharged” emblazoned into it. The 426 c.i.d. engine equipped car will have a horizontal black stripe with a 426 HEMI graphic. In addition to newly redesigned front and rear fascia trim, the Drag Pak Challenger will also boast a more user-friendly hood. It will be hinged in the rear to decrease the stress that is often associated with making track adjustments between rounds of racing. Integrated trailer loops at the front and rear of the car will make securing it to a trailer much easier.
Key differences between the cockpit of the Drag Pak Challenger and its street legal counterpart will include Mopar lightweight front racing seats with five point harnesses, a Mopar gauge pack, and a full NHRA approved roll cage.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak will be available (special order) after July 23, 2015, with the kickoff of the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Golden, Colorado. The MSRP for the 354 is $109,354 and $99,426 for the 426.