How much horsepower is too much?
Unfortunately, you won't find this particular Dodge Challenger in a dealer showroom. This is an NHRA Funny Car inspired by the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody we met recently. It's Matt Hagan's new dragster and that 11,000 horsepower you read in the title is not a typo. The exterior features the widebody Charger's new-found flared fenders and graphics designed to represent the car, including the Hellcat logo over the rear-quarters. In fact, most of the sticker work is a callout to Dodge and SRT, including the nose-to-tail black stripes.
Aesthetics is really where the link with the Charger Hellcat ends though. It's a funny car so it doesn't have a hood, but underneath there's a powerplant fueled by white-hot fury that would take a little over 15 of the 707-horsepower Hellcat engines to match. Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars, explains that "At Dodge, we push the envelope, but even we couldn't get this one approved, so, for now, Matt Hagan has the only Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody that has more than 707 horsepower."
Hagan is a two-time NHRA champion that has raced with a Dodge Funny Car for his entire career, and will run the Hellcat-inspired Funny Car tat Bandimere Speedway near Denver, Colorado during the Mile-High NHRA Nationals being held this weekend from July 19 to July 21. "The graphics really mimic the flared appearance of the Charger Widebody, and I think fans are going to dig the look," Hagen says, "It's great having a sponsor like Dodge//SRT, a brand that is really committed to using NHRA to reach out to the performance enthusiasts who fuel our sport."
Ordering for the 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Widebody opens in the fall and Dodge expects dealerships to start receiving the cars in early 2020.