At EngageSportMode we have a fairly healthy, or possibly unhealthy, obsession with photos of muscle cars doing silly burnouts. So when Dodge showed off the new Mopar Challenger Drag Pak cars, we knew we had to feature them.
Whilst you can knock America for many things, what you can’t criticise is the way the auto builders of the US make it easy for you to go racing. Right now you can log onto the Mopar website, put in your details, and snag a Drag Pak Challenger. It’s that simple. Well, there’s the small issue of money too, but that’s not as big a deal as you might think.
Available in two flavours, you can have your Challenger with either a supercharged 354-cubic-inch HEMI V8, or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch HEMI V8. For those of you more familiar with the metric system, that’s 5.8 or 7.0 litres respectively. Pricing for the 354 supercharged HEMI starts at $109,354 (£70,300), with the bigger ‘retro’ naturally aspirated 426 block option costing a bargain $99,426 (£63,900). Alternatively, you could be boring and buy something far more sensible…
Dodge hasn’t announced actual engine power outputs but, realistically, it’s going to be several hundred earth-shredding horsepowers going to the rear wheels. A three-speed, heavily reinforced, automatic transmission handles the power and is connected to all sorts of impressive sounding drag racing equipment. For example there are 40-spline gun drilled axles, a Mopar K member, and double adjustable race calibrated struts and shocks. It all sounds good to us, as do the rear Hoosier drag slicks measuring some 30″ in diameter and 9″ wide.
You’ll note from the mention of slicks that, unsurprisingly, the Drag Pak Challengers aren’t road legal. Sorry. But they are available fully ‘turn-key’ race ready, with a NHRA approved roll cage that’ll pass scrutineering and keep you safe. Also inside is a gigantic rev counter, a terrifying looking Hurst gear shift knob, and lots of switches mounted on carbon fibre. Make no mistake, this a serious race car.
If you want one you’ll need to be quick. Mopar will only produce 35 of the supercharged 354 car, and just 25 of the 426-engined version. But if you’re lucky enough to snag one, you’ll have a car capable of letting you live your life ‘a quarter mile at a time’ in style. God bless America.