The new Drag Pak is here and its full of Mopar heritage.
The roots of Dodge's drag racing factory packs date back to the 1960s. Early in that decade, Dodge made the factory Max Wedge package cars available, and in 1968, 426 Hemi-powered Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda package cars started competing in earnest at strips throughout America.
In 2008, 40 years later, Dodge made turnkey factory-prepped packaged cars available for grassroots racers again. Dodge takes the current Challenger seriously as a quarter-mile racer, and the 2020 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is as serious as it gets.
Mopar and Dodge/SRT are building 50 of the 2020 Drag Pak cars powered by Dodge's supercharged 354-cubic-inch Hemi V8 engine. These race track only cars are designed for racers competing in sanctioned sportsman classes in events ruled by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and National Muscle Car Association (NMCA). As well as the 50 turnkey quarter-mile animals, there are also modular kits available for racers to upgrade their existing Dodge Challenger drag cars.
"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, Head of Mopar Service, Parts & Customer Care, FCA North America.
The fourth-generation Drag Pak is based on a standard-width Dodge Challenger Body-in-White (BIW) unibody with an SFI-specification welded roll cage built-in rated for up to 7.50-second quarter-mile runs. At the back, the 2020 version's Strange axle assembly gets a four-link wishbone suspension setup with adjustable coilover shocks. At the front, a unique engine cross member balances out weight distribution and lowers the center of gravity while adjustability is taken care of with Bilstein double-adjustable struts. The supercharged V8 lays power down through a T400 three-speed transmission with a Kwik-Shift manual shifter, lightweight driveshaft, and front and rear racing brakes.
The icing on the cake for 2020 is the new graphics package featuring the blue Mopar logo and red "dragpak" badging along with the wide blue strip and red tracers. The 2020 Drag Pak hood pays homage to the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat design along with the front and rear fascias.
"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, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design for FCA – North America. "Mopar people are proud of the heritage and the look and they want to show that off."