Fans of the Dodge Charger finally get what they wished for! SRT Motorsports has unveiled the 2013 Dodge Charger that will see action in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The SRT Motorsport-engineered 2013 Dodge Charger sports a look that will allow its fans to easily identify the car on the race track.
SRT Motorsport took the same cue as it did with the Dodge Challenger that debuted in the NASCAR Nationwide Series two years ago. SRT Motorsports designers and engineers made sure that the significant features of the street Charger are seamlessly integrated into the racing version.
"From the start, it's been a collaborative effort with NASCAR," said Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive Officer of SRT Brand and Motorsports. According to Gilles, although NASCAR provided the manufacturers with basic specifications, it encouraged them to tackle new horizons with regards to the looks of the current race car. Gilles said the company’s design and engineering group worked with Penske Racing to develop a new look for the next Dodge racer, adding that it used the Dodge Challenger as the benchmark.
The SRT Motorsports CEO said that the 2013 Dodge Charger NASCAR edition carries many design features of the street model. The V8 powered 2013 Dodge Charger NASCAR edition will be the only rear-wheel-drive model in Sprint Cup.
NASCAR also made possible the 2013 Dodge Charger NASCAR edition when it eased rules on where carmakers could place glass and solid body pieces. This allowed designers and engineers to make the "greenhouse," the area above the doors, hood and truck lid. NASCAR also eased the rules on the front and rear, and especially the sides, allowing the character lines that that embodies the street car.