You can now buy an NHRA-approved rolling chassis and licensed carbon fiber products.
Dodge introduced a new range of products to its factory-backed Direct Connection performance parts line today. This announcement is part of Dodge's three-day Speed Week event, so you can expect more news as the week rolls along.
The new parts catalog includes a Challenger Mopar Drag Pak Rolling Chassis for grassroots drag racers, a Challenger body-in-white kit, carbon fiber Speedkore parts, a vintage Charger carbon fiber body from Finale Speed, and American Racing headers for the Charger, Challenger, and Durango. All parts are licensed by Direct Connection.
"Not only do we listen to our Dodge owners, but the brand also delivers the performance products our street car enthusiasts, drag racers, and vintage muscle fans need," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand chief executive officer -Stellantis.
The Drag Pak Rolling Chassis makes it easier for entry-level racers to build their own National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) certified car. The rolling chassis retails for $89,999, while the Dodge Challenger body-in-white kit costs an additional $7,995.
The 4130 chromoly tubing and a fully TIG-welded roll cage ensure the chassis is NHRA-certified for 7.50-second elapsed times. As standard, it ships with a four-link rear suspension, Drak Pak-specific Bilstein coil over shocks, Strange Engineering 9-inch rear end, Strange Pro Series II racing brakes, and Weld beadlock lightweight wheels with Mickey Thompson drag racing tires.
The powertrain, driveline, and engine management system are not included in the price to give the customer more freedom.
On the carbon fiber side, Dodge has teamed up with SpeedKore to provide various products. All parts meet OEM specifications and include spoilers, front splitters, rocker panels, and rear diffusers.
For the classic fans out there, Dodge partnered with Finale Speed. It now offers a 1970 Dodge Charger carbon fiber body, which can be used to build a complete vehicle. The carbon fiber body is also made to OEM specification and is much lighter than the real deal. Dodge also announced that carbon fiber bodies of the Plymouth Barracuda and Road Runner would be available in the future.
The Dodge Power Brokers dealer network launched a few months ago already provides various kits for modern cars, vintage muscle parts, and crate engines, but new products are available.
The Direct Connection TorqueFlite 8HP70 transmission is now a plug-and-play option for the available crate engines, and new 2.7 and 3.0-liter supercharger kits are available. These new superchargers are based on the existing ones used on the SRT Hellcat Redeye and Hellephant crate motor. Direct Connection now sells licensed American Racing Headers made from 304 stainless steel.
While these parts are being introduced this week, you'll have to wait until SEMA 2022 for more information on availability, pricing, and vehicle applications.