The Dodge Challenger Drag Pak program was so successful in 2009 Mopar has announced that another 100 of the special, limited edition cars will be built beginning in the summer of 2010. All 100 of the models built in 2009 were completely sold out.
The Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is a factory-built race car meant for the drag strip. It is not street legal and includes several drag race components. The car is based on the rear wheel drive SRT8 Challenger model and includes the 6.1-liter HEMI V8 engine and choice of a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Horsepower numbers have not yet been released. The extra features on the car include front seats styled like those found in the Dodge Viper, light-weight cooling module with electric fan, polycarbonate door windows, composite lift off hood with a functional hood scoop, cable-operated deck-lid release, manual rack and pinion steering, cable operated throttle linkage and pedal assembly and light weight front brake assemblies.
The car has shaved an estimated 1,000 pounds from the street legal production models. To reduce the overall weight, several systems and components found on production models have been eliminated from the Drag Pak model including power windows, an audio system, airbags and other safety features.
Sanctioned for NHRA Stock, Super Stock and Comp Eliminator drag racing, the 2009 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak was built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart and Plymouth Hemi Barracuda package vehicles.
The MSRP for the special edition Challengers is $39,999. The cars must be ordered by using the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak application, which can be found at mopar.com or by calling the Mopar Direct Connection Line at 888-528-HEMI. The cars will be at the Roush Industries facility in Detroit and must be picked up at that location.