Prototype gives drag racing fans something to think about, with power coming from a 7.0-liter V8.
Mopar has taken the wraps off a 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak prototype, which will be on display this weekend at the 60th annual NHRA US Nationals meet in Indianapolis to give fans an idea of what to expect of the new drag racer. Based on the SRT-variant of the 2015 Dodge Challenger, power comes from a 7.0-liter HEMI V8 built for racing with an aluminum block, steel liners and custom calibration. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a Chrysler-based 727 automatic transmission featuring a race-style stick shifter and aluminum driveshaft.
The test car’s white body is complemented by a vintage stripe package and “426 HEMI” badging. It rides on 15-inch wheels wrapped in drag-style tires, and comes with Mopar K-Member strut front suspension with front struts featuring adjustable compression and rebound, paired with a four-link rear solid axle with a Panhard bar and anti-sway bar. Stopping power comes from a Precision Performance braking system, while inside Mopar has added custom gauges, lightweight racing seats, safety nets, harnesses and a roll cage. As a prototype, all the specs on the Challenger Drag Pak are still under evaluation pending NHRA approval and potential buyers’ feedback.