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.