Excitement is building up at Dodge and SRT Motorsports as they announced that the 2013 Dodge Dart rally car will compete at the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) Series. The 2013 Dodge Dart rally car will be driven by Travis Pastrana, four-time Rally America Champion and 17-time X Games Gold Medalist.
According to the president and chief executive of Dodge Brand, Reid Bigland, the team’s participation in the GRC Series was the next chapter in the racing heritage of the company. Pastrana is not your ordinary rally driver as he holds four Rally America championship wins on his trophy case. Racing is a passion for him too as he also holds multiple supercross and motorcross championships.
He currently owns Nitro Circus, which boasts of several entertainment packages including a television show, live tours and 3D feature film project. Pastrana is also one of the most popular athletes in the world, having more than three-and-a-half million Facebook followers and is famous for being searched six million times in Google in 2010. Because of these, the president and chief executive of Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC, Ralph Gilles thinks of Pastrana as a natural fit for driving the Dodge Dart in the GRC.
Although Dodge built the Dart rally car specifically for Global RallyCross racing, it also endowed the production Dodge Dart with some similar traits including exceptional aerodynamics and agility. Both vehicles are also fun to drive. The 2012 Dodge Dart rally car is powered by a purpose-built, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbo-charged 600-hp engine connected to a a Sedav 4-wheel drive transmission that provides over 550 lb.-ft. of torque.