[ Chrysler Group LLC press release ]
Mopar Previews 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Test Vehicle
Sneak Peak for Sportsman Racers and Fans at NHRA U.S. Nationals in
- Sportsman racers get sneak peek at 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test
vehicle at National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) U.S. Nationals event
- First Drag Pak test vehicle previewed by Sportsman racers at Thursday
evening Mopar Racers Reception with Mopar Legends and Ramchargers
- Mopar Performance Parts and SRT Motorsports engineers to answer questions
and get feedback from Sportsman racers and Mopar legends on Drag Pak test
- Test vehicle to be shown at the Mopar display Friday and Saturday at Lucas
Oil Raceway during NHRA U.S. Nationals event along with a 1968 HEMI Dart
- Mopar Challenger Drag Pak is only modern era package car to win Stock
Eliminator class at Indianapolis and has also won Factory Shootout races
August 28, 2014, Indianapolis - When looking to build a better, more
competitive race car for the quarter-mile drag strip, who better to ask for
feedback than the Sportsman drivers and the drag racing legends who have
helped Chrysler Group's Mopar brand build the reputation and heritage it has
The best place for that to happen of course would be at the prestigious 60th
annual National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) U.S. Nationals event as the largest
contingent of Sportsman and professional racers get set to compete at Lucas
Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, this weekend.
On Thursday evening, Sportsman racers were invited to meet many of the Mopar
legends in the sport of drag racing including Don Garlits, Roland Leong, Ted
Spehar, Herb McCandless, as well as members of the original Ramchargers -- Tom
Coddington, Al Adams and John Wehrly -- at Mopar's racers reception held at
Lucas Oil Raceway. All then got the chance to preview the first 2015 Mopar
Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle and to talk with Mopar Performance Parts and
SRT Motorsports engineers about the proposed next generation drag pak.
Mopar celebrates the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Gen II 426
Race HEMI this year. More than 45 years after the 1968 Dodge Dart and
Plymouth Barracuda Mopar package cars contributed to building the brand's
reputation at the drag strip, Mopar still lives up to its heritage by
continuing to add to the lineage of high performance quality products.
Remaining true to its roots, the brand is continuing its commitment to
Sportsman racing with the development of the next generation Mopar Drag Pak.
The 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle is the next step in the
evolution of the modern day package car whose earlier incarnations include
more than 150 V8 Challenger Drag Paks, an additional fifty V10 versions, as
well as 426 Race HEMI upgrade kits. The Mopar Challenger Drag Pak is the
only modern era package car to win the Stock Eliminator title at the U.S.
Nationals and has also won Factory Shootout races.
The test vehicle is built on the 2015 Dodge Challenger platform and sports a
white body, a vintage stripe package, and 426 HEMI identification. The drag
pak test vehicle also includes the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT front and rear
fascia trim, rear spoiler and a full roll cage fabricated to NHRA
Under the hood, Sportsman racers saw a 426 cubic-inch Race HEMI engine with
an aluminum block, steel liners and custom engine calibration. The car boasts
a Chrysler-based 727 automatic transmission, a race-style stick shifter with
integral line lock, and an aluminum driveshaft. The vehicle also is equipped
with a weigh box in the trunk and a trunk-mounted 12 volt battery.
The interior is currently based on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT interior with
the addition of Mopar gauges, driver and passenger lightweight racing seats,
along with safety nets and five-point harnesses.
The Mopar drag pak test car also is equipped with 15-inch front and rear
wheels, 28-inch diameter drag style front tires (4.5 inches wide) and 30-inch
diameter rear tires (9-inches wide). It currently features precision
performance front and rear brake rotors, calipers and master cylinder.
The test vehicle's front suspension currently sports the 2015 Mopar K-Member
and strut suspension geometry, front struts with adjustable compression and
rebound. At the back of the car, racers will find a four-link rear suspension
with Panhard bar, rear solid axle with 9-inch aluminum third member, rear
shocks with adjustable compression and rebound, and an anti-sway bar.
All specifications on the 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle are
still preliminary and being evaluated, as they are pending NHRA approval as
well as feedback from the Sportsman themselves. The vehicle will be shown at
the Mopar display in the manufacturer's midway area on Friday and Saturday
during the NHRA U.S. Nationals event weekend for racers and fans to view. Also
on display will be an original 1968 HEMI Dodge Dart package car.
As proud supporter of Sportsman racing within the NHRA, Mopar continues to
recognize its roots with a robust contingency program, support of the Mopar
HEMI Challenge for a 14th consecutive year and last year's addition of the
"Tom Hoover Sportsman Challenge" that rewards a Sportsman class racer that
amasses the most points earned in a season during NHRA sanctioned races at the
wheel of a Chrysler Group vehicle, competing in either Stock or Super Stock
About Mopar Motorsports
Mopar's commitment to professional motorsports competition was established in
the 1950s when a partnership ignited with drag racing pioneer Don Garlits,
resulting in the breaking of numerous speed and performance barriers in HEMI
-powered vehicles over the next several decades. In 2013, Mopar looks to
defend its two NHRA 2012 World Championship titles in Pro Stock and Funny Car
categories, and celebrates 25 consecutive years as title sponsor of the Mopar
Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Colorado. While Mopar remains involved in a
various professional motorsports series, it continues to honour its roots by
being a proud supporter of amateur racing within the NHRA with its sponsorship
of the HEMI Challenge and Mopar Sportsman Cup.
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words Motor and PARts) was trademarked in
1937 with the launch of an antifreeze product but truly made its mark in the
1960s during the muscle-car era. From Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed
and handling for both road and racing use, the brand soon expanded to include
technical service and customer support.
Today, Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand
and distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in more than 130
markets, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to
enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar is the source for genuine
parts and accessories for Chrysler Group brands as well as FIAT brands.
Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that
create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and FIAT
vehicles -- a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can
provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is
available at www.mopar.com.