John finally had a chance to track down the Challenger S/S for some better pics and as you can see, SEMA has something for everyone. For anyone who remembers when Mopar dominated the NHRA Super Stock ranks, this one brings back a flood of memories. Painted in the classic Ronnie Sox colors, the "new" Challenger S/S was built to showcase the 392 HEMI crate motor and remind everyone of a time long ago when sex was safe and racing was dangerous.
The 392 HEMI crate motor, in all of its 525 hp and 510 ft-lbs of glory, was installed in this beast by Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters in cooperation with the DCX Skunkwerks team, Mopar Performance, UAW Local 412 and MPR Race Cars. The motivation provided by the hood-scoop-fed, fuel-injected 392 HEMI is put to good use through an A999 automatic transmission and the classic DANA 60 solid rear axle hung by Mopar "Super Stock" leaf springs and spinning 15" Goodyear Eagle racing slicks. This setup replaces the independent rear suspension to "reduce wheel hop and improve straight line performance"... read: survive! Check out the wheelie bars!
We can't wait to see one of these with the front wheels high in the air like the Super Stockers of the late 60's and early 70's. Could 2009 be the pony car resurrection of 1969? By then we should have a Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger back on the streets and tearing up the drag strips of America once again!
See John's great pics after the jump!