Grassroots Motorsports Magazine Defends Dodge SRT in the Truck/SUV Win

May 14th, 2019 by

 

Dodge Durango SRT Engineers created a one-off Pursuit concept vehicle that competed in the annual One Lap of America on May 4-11th, 2019. The annual on-road rally and on-track race challenge the specially-modified, concept version of America’s fastest, and it’s the most potent and capable three-row SUV. Automotive photojournalist David Hakim and vehicle dynamic performance engineer David Carr are defending Durango SRT’s 2018 Truck/SUV class titles.

This year, in the 2019 Tire Rack One Lap of America Presented by Grassroots Motorsports Magazine, which kicked off May 4 in South Bend, Indiana. Dodge/SRT is justifying the Dodge Durango SRT’s 2018 One Lap truck/SUV class title, which upped the game with a new Durango SRT Pursuit concept called “Speed Trap.” This vehicle packs a 797 horsepower from the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V-8 that also gives power to the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. The Dodge//SRT tapped the in-house group of performance gurus at SRT Engineering for some proven high-performance SRT production parts in a bid to repeat as class champions.

“Winning the truck/SUV class last year proved just how fast and durable the stock Dodge Durango SRT is during extreme competitive conditions,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The class is expected to be even tougher this year, so we’re leveraging the highest-performing engine in our toolbox – the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye’s 797-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V-8 – to power the Dodge Durango SRT Pursuit for this year’s One Lap. It will be exciting to follow the Durango SRT Pursuit Speed Trap on its One Lap adventure to see how this concept vehicle performs.”  

Aside to the 797-horsepower supercharged HEMI high-output V-8 power that it has under the hood, the Durango SRT Pursuit Speed Trap concept is fitted for the intense, competition with high-performance bolt-on restrictions from Mopar. The Cat-Back exhaust system provides a more aggressive and distinctive sound with it’s free-flow, stainless steel. The ride height drops to an average of 15 mm (0.6 inches) closer to the pavement thanks to the concept lowering springs drop.  

The SRT-engineered drive mode system is equipped with the Durango SRT Pursuit Speed Trap concept for the wide variety of timed track events, which range from wet and dry skid pads to the private road courses on the race tracks. The stock, crisp-shifting TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission also comes with a full-time all-wheel drive. One of the competition rules is that the tires cannot change the tires for the duration of the event and they are only allowed a spare for emergencies only; the custom tire is the 20 x 11-inch wheels ride on 305-35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero tires from the record-setting Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody.

The braking power comes from the 15.75-inch Brembo two-piece vented rotors with six-piston calipers painted that give a distinctive red finish, and 13.78-inch Brembo vented rotors with four-piston red calipers in the rear for excellent stopping performance, its durability, and its heat management. The exclusive Durango Pursuit Law Enforcement livery places the “Speed Trap” apart, at least on the outside. The competition also noticed Whelen’s most innovative Ceridian Series lightbar, which features an all-new low-profile design with Durango inlaid light and a compact low-profile speaker designed for powerful traffic-clearing capability.

Inside, is the standard heated and ventilated front leather seats from the Durango SRT which provide prominent comfort while the second- and third-row seats which can be detached for weight reduction. Included in the safety equipment are the addition of a four-point roll bar and a five-point driver safety harness. The Durango SRT’s has a 119.8-inch wheelbase and spacious interior space which help transport equipment without having to tow a trailer between travel, like most other competitors.

One Lap of America

The Tire Rack One Lap of America, which is, now on its 36th year, is presented by Grassroots Motorsports Magazine, began on Saturday, May 4, near South Bend, Indiana, and concluded at the same location on Saturday, May 11. About 80 two-person teams will drive across the seven states, some of them will drive more than once. The competition will occur as time trials (which is the fastest time rather than the wheel-to-wheel racing) is at the different race tracks.

One Lap of America contestants drivers, drive from racetrack to racetrack, without the support crews in tow. They are divided into several different classes, and the competitors must comply with all the traffic regulations while traveling between stops. Competitors will drive close to 4,000 miles of public roads and visit eight tracks over seven days.

One Lap History

One Lap History has been held annually in the United States since 1984, the One Lap of America is the heir to the Cannonball Run, an underground auto race of the 1970s where members would drive cross country. Automotive journalist Brock Yates created both events.

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