2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak

2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak

Racing isn't cheap. Even racing cheap cars isn't cheap. And drag racing is, in dollars per second, perhaps the least cheap of all. Straight-strip fans and competitors often talk about success being measured in cubic money. So Dodge's 2010 version of the Challenger Drag Pak is likely a welcome addition, offering a car built to run in NHRA Stock, Super Stock and Comp Eliminator classes with a starting price of $39,999.

OK, so it's still not a cheap plaything by any conventional definition of the word, but considering it's a fully-built, track-only race car, a hair under $40,000 is actually pretty inexpensive. The new car will be coming this summer, leaving enthusiasts with a few months to wait, as the current 2009 vehicles are sold out.

The Drag Pak is a shorter, lighter version of the production Challenger, powered by a 6.1-liter V-8 mated to either a five-speed auto or a six-speed stick. It's not street legal, but it's 1,000 pounds lighter than the road-going car thanks to elimination of some components and systems found on the standard version. It also adds some racing kit, including a carbon fiber lift-off hood with functional scoop, seats styled after the Dodge Viper's, polycarbonate door windows, light-weight cooling system, manual steering, light-weight front brakes and a cable-operated throttle linkage and pedal.

All 2010 Challenger Drag Pak cars come in Stone White paint, a classic color that can easily be added to with vinyl graphics or other custom graphics.

Sales for the 2010 Drag Pak car are open now.