Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Delayed Due To Coronavirus
The fourth generation Dodge Challenger Drag Pak was first seen at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in November 2019. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mopar fans and customers will have to wait until 2021 to get behind the wheel.
For the uninitiated, the Drag Pak is essentially a racing car that customers of Mopar drag racing can purchase as a factory-built go-fast package. The vehicle is intended to participate in basic sporting events, sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and the National Muscle Car Association (NHCA).
Construction begins with a blank Challenger chassis built by the FCA Brampton assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario. First of all: a supercharged 354 cubic inch HEMI V8 goes under the hood. The engine is mated to a new and improved cross member that lowers the center of gravity and improves weight distribution. Once the engine is running, it is mounted on a T400 three-speed transmission with a manual kwik-shift lever.
With input from NHRA Top Fuel and factory stock pilot Leah Pruett, it’s no wonder the new Drag Pak is more than just a bench pilot. Mopar says the package is capable of running up to 7.5 seconds in the quarter mile. To provide some perspective, the Drag Pak is only about a second from the cars in the NHRA Pro Stock series.
While the engine is the centerpiece, the new Drag Pak is more than just a collection of numbers. The rear of the car has a fully adjustable four-link suspension system to ensure that the rear tires disconnect from the line. The system offers tons of adjustment possibilities with coilover shock absorbers and an anti-roll bar.
While pricing for the new Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is not known at this time, we know that only 50 will be produced.