Mopar offers 2011 Challenger Drag Pak with V10 Viper engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 3, 2010

Mopar made sure that its 2011 Challenger Drag Pak will be nothing short of extraordinary by installing a V-10 into the coupe. Last year’s model, which was powered by a V-8, was already very fast but with the 2011 model being able to offer 600hp, it means that drivers get even more firepower at the strip.

The 2011 Challenger Drag Pak actually has many features in common with previous Drag Pak applications. But while last year’s vehicle had a 6.1-liter V-8, Mopar gave the upcoming model an 8.4-liter V-10, which is similar to the powerplant in the late Viper. When this massive engine was installed in the Viper, it delivered 600hp and 560 pound-feet of torque.

However, these figures are likely to change as Mopar has calibrated the engine for drag duty. This car was built purposely for drag racing. It features a two-speed automatic transmission, live rear axle, and wheels and tires ready for the 1320.

To make the car lighter, it was stripped of windshield wipers, heating and cooling, power steering, and rear seats. Instead, the car was given a pair of lightweight seats, new gauges, and a fuel cell.

The standard paint scheme is white but buyers may choose other colors that will add $6800 to the final price. Priced at $85,512, the Challenger Drag Pak could not be used on public roads. For the drivers’ safety, the Competition Package offers safety equipment that includes a roll cage, mesh window netting, and six-point harnesses.

This will set back the driver by $7950. The drag racer is set to debut at the Viper invitational in Salt Lake City, Utah, this week. It will also be showcased at next month’s Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA) in Las Vegas. The V-10 powered Challenger will begin production early next year.

Press Release

Mopar Introduces 2011 Challenger Drag Pak for Sportsman Racers

Racers rejoice. Mopar® is dropping a V-10 into the iconic Dodge Challenger.
The new race-only V-10 powered rear-wheel drive 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak features an 8.4-liter 512 cubic-inch engine with a 2-speed automatic transmission. Mopar will showcase its new drag car this evening at the Dodge Viper Owner's Invitational in Salt Lake City. The vehicle will then make its way to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas from Nov. 2-5, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando from Dec. 9-11.

"With the introduction of our new 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak, Mopar will be the only place to get a factory-built V-10-powered race-ready drag car," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group's service, parts and customer-care brand. "Mopar's new Challenger Drag Pak is a race rocket that will appeal to racers, collectors, dealers, and Dodge Viper owners."

Based on the 2011 Dodge Challenger and finished in a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock configuration, the 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak is the first and only 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car. The car features competition wheels and tires, a Mopar solid rear axle with performance gear ratio, a 2-speed drag race transmission with integrated roll control, a complete competition fuel system with fuel cell, and a complete interior with gauge package.

The Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak features a Bright White paint scheme with color options. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $85,512 and production begins early next year.

Mopar offers three options with this vehicle. First, the Competition Package includes an eight-point roll cage, six-point safety harness and a mesh window net (MSRP: $7,950, part number P5155820). Second, a Mopar logo body wrap (MSRP: $950, part number P5155892) and a range of body colors (MSRP: $6,800, part number P5155893). With the Competition Package, the car is ready to go down the drag strip.

Orders must be submitted using the Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak Application, which is available now at www.Mopar.com, the Mopar Direct Connection Tech Line at 888-528-HEMI (4364), or a local Dodge dealer. Customers should work with their local Dodge dealer to submit their application.

2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak Highlights

Identification plate with unique serial number sequence
Primed and painted body, color options available
512 cid V-10 engine
Unique engine calibration
2-speed automatic transmission with shift assembly and built-in roll control
Special body-in-white modified for drag racing
No windshield wiper assembly
No HVAC system (includes block off plates)
No rear seats
No power-steering system
No underbody heat shields
Complete fuel cell assembly
Race headers with collectors
Modified tunnel for transmission clearance and one-piece drive shaft
Raised floor above differential for solid-axle conversion clearance
Polycarbonate door windows
Smart-glass door window system
Solid engine mounts
Mopar solid rear axle
Lightweight seats to accommodate 6-point harness
Special modified K-member with drop-out crossmember
Lightweight drag-race only front brake assembly
Manual rack-and-pinion steering
Front chin spoiler
Lightweight cooling module with electric fan
Lightweight instrument panel assembly
Special cable-operated decklid release
Special cable-operated throttle pedal and linkage
Race-style wheels and tires

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