Based on the production Dodge Challenger SRT8, Mopar's modern factory-prepped drag racer will begin as a special ‘Body-in-White’ chassis sourced from Chrysler's Canadian assembly plant. To reduce vehicle weight, major production component and systems are eliminated including the windshield wiper assembly, the complete HVAC system, all airbag components, rear seats, power steering system, exhaust systems and underbody heat shields, cross-car and side impact door beams, and the rear bumper beam and rear deck lid spoiler. The body sealer, sound deadener and undercoat are also removed at the factory - resulting in a total weight loss of around 1,000lbs.
The 116in wheelbase was shortened by half an inch. The cars also feature a front cradle with bolt-in crossmembers and solid engine mounts.
The Mopar Challengers have three engine options – a 6.1L or 5.7L HEMI or a 5.9L Magnum Wedge, as well as the choice of a manual or automatic transmission. An owner's manual will be provided to document the modifications made to the Challenger SRT8 as well as provide recommendations to finish the Package Car for Stock Eliminator competition. To take advantage of the weight savings, there are unique drag-race components in the Package Car program including: a composite lift-off hood with functional scoop, bucket front seats, polycarbonate door windows, a lightweight cooling module with electric fan, manual rack and pinion steering, a special cable-operated deck lid release, special lightweight front brake assemblies and special cable-operated throttle linkage and pedal assemblies.
Mopar will build a minimum of 100 Challenger Drag Race Package Cars to meet amalgamation requirements for the NHRA. The cars will eventually be eligible to run in three Eliminator categories - Comp, Super Stock and Stock. They will also be potentially eligible for 40 classes.
The Challenger Drag Race Package Car will be available for order in late August to early September and will start from the low to mid $30,000 bracket. Each car will carry an identification plate with sequential serial number.