New Dodge Mopar Challenger Drag Pak Unveiled at SEMA
There was a new fourth-generation version of the factory-built, racetrack-only Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak car at the SEMA 2019 Show. SEMA is the Specialty Equipment Market Association. Each year SEMA holds its trade show where the latest must-have aftermarket products are displayed. This year the show ran from November 5 – November 8. The Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak for 2020 was designed with grassroots drag racers in mind. The competitors in the sportsman classes are sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA).
There are lessons from the Drag Pak third-generation that were distributed in the new fourth-generation Challenger Drag Pak. It offers racers the choice of buying a complete, turnkey package ready for the track or a variety of modular kits that can be installed on their drag vehicle. “Mopar and Dodge//SRT collaborated to make this factory production-based Challenger Drag Pak not only a forced to be reckoned with at the strip but also an instant collectible for Mopar enthusiasts,” said Mark Bosanac, North America Head of Mopar Service, Parts & Customer Care, FCA.
The modern Dodge Challenger has unique design cues that turn heads. The design goes back to the original muscle car era from the 70s’ with the red, white, and blue color scheme. The fourth-generation Challenger Drag Pak displays the modern flavor with just a hint of nostalgia.
The package includes the blue Mopar logo and the red “dragpak” badging on the quarter panels above the rear wheels. The vast blue stripe, which has red tracers on each side of the vehicle, runs from the border of the front fascia, over the roof right through to the rear edge of the decklid, which is the cover over the trunk.
The graphic high points are the width of the Challenger Drag Pak. It complements the variety of stripe packages Mopar offers for the Dodge Challenger. It’s a turnkey package that turns the Challenger into an ideal dragster vehicle for both amateur and professional racers.
“We want this to look so cool that when the customer buys a Challenger Drag Pak, he or she wants to run these graphics because they are so iconic and stand out,” says Mark Trostle, FCA- North America, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design. “Mopar people are proud of the heritage, and the look and they want to show that off.”
The Challenger Drag Pak has an SFI-specification roll cage and can blister through the quarter-mile in 7.50 seconds. Construction on the vehicle begins with a standard-width Dodge Challenger Body-in-White (BIW) unibody. The unibody is built at the FCA Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario.
What are some things new that the fourth-generation is bringing to the table?
On the fourth-generation vehicle, there is the Strange rear axle assembly, which uses adjustable Coilover shocks. There’s a four-link suspension with wishbone, and there’s also an anti-roll bar. The wheelie bars and the parachute mount are integrated into the chassis, which comes standard on the vehicle.
Upfront, there is a unique engine cross member, which lowers the center of gravity. All it means is that it improves the weight distribution of the vehicle. Also, in the front, there are the specific Bilstein double-adjustable struts. The adjustable struts allow drivers to fine-tune their ride for any driving surface, including the track.
A supercharged 354-cubic-inch HEMI V8 engine powers the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. The engine has a T400 three-speed transmission, and it has a Kwik-Shift manual shifter and front and rear racing brakes. There are Racetech seats; there is also the Racepak Smartwire, which is a fully programmable power distribution center; there are also new, exclusive Drag Pak lightweight wheel and tire package.
New for 2020, there is the Drag Pak hood, which resembles the design of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. On the vehicle, there are intake and heat extractors. The front and rear fascias use the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat design.
“Our legacy has been won at the track by the women and men who pour all they have into being the best. This new Challenger Drag Pak gives them the tools to stay in front of the competition,” said Mark Bosanac, North America Head of Mopar Service, Parts & Customer Care, FCA.
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