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Dodge Challenger Super Stock shown from 2006 SEMA Show

Fans of going as fast as possible in a straight line, which includes some of us at Autoblog, have reason to rejoice. Chrysler has officially announced that the drag package for its upcoming Challenger, initially shown at SEMA in late 2006, will be released on an unsuspecting public. Previous rumors have the drag pack getting hi-po versions of the 5.9-liter Magnum and Hemi V8's, while jettisoning around eight-hundred pounds of dead weight unnecessary for mass-acceleration. The National Hot Rod Association is said to be going through the package as we speak in order to certify it for racing duty. After all of the necessary paperwork is complete, the Challenger is expected to race in the Stock Eliminator class. According to Chrysler spokeswoman Patricia Georgevich, Chrysler is looking at a possible introduction in July.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      wait, it weighs less? you mean cars can lose weight? i thought they were just supposed to get progressively heavier?
      • 7 Years Ago
      really really sick... me like
      • 7 Years Ago
      whatever your opinions on Drag racing are, it's still very popular all over the world. Chrysler isn't designing this car to be a mass market money maker, it's a small production niche' market car for Drag enthusiasts. It's just the same as a factory built C6R or a M3 GTR, nothing wrong with Chrysler building a purpose built race car.

      Good luck to them, hopefully this will garner some more interest for their brand.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There are more then likely that many drag strips in Florida. I would also like to hear how many of those are actual drag strips. Not just closed roads with a set of timing lights set up, there is a BIG difference
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Get in, sit down and shut up!" YAAAAAHHH!!!!
        BTW - I'd rather watch a 1/4 mile run any day!
        • 7 Years Ago
        European Dragstrips

        Alastaro, Virttaa, Alastaro - Finland
        Alteno, - Germany
        Chambley, - France
        Drachten, - Netherlands
        Frøya, - Norway
        Ganderkesee, - Germany
        Gardermoen, - Norway
        Gross Dölln, - Germany
        Hockenheim, - Germany
        Husum, - Germany
        Johannisberg Airfield, - Sweden
        Kalajoki, - Finland
        Kubbe Raceway, - Sweden
        Lindtorp Dragway, - Denmark
        Malmi, - Finland
        Mantorp Park, Mantorp - Sweden
        Motopark, - Finland
        Oschersleben, - Germany
        Piteå Dragway, - Sweden
        Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough - United Kingdom
        Shakespeare County Raceway, Stratford-Upon-Avon - United Kingdom
        Sindal Dragway, - Denmark
        Skellefteå, - Sweden
        Sundsvall Raceway, - Sweden
        Thunder Valle Dragway, - Norway
        Tullinge Raceway, - Sweden
        Vandel Dragway, - Denmark
        Wittstock, - Germany

      • 7 Years Ago
      Also the Challenger Drag-Pak option has been on allpar and ChallengerTalk for a long time.

      There's no weight reduction (
      Where would they cut it from, the interior? The weight is a result of the car's size and structure) the biggest change is the 3.92 gear ratio which should make the car a real beast from launch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder why Chrylser and Ford do vehicle proveout at the Nurburgring? GM is really the only US company that is doing vehicle development for Cadillac and Camaro, it seems to be helping them.

      Both companies have resources in Germany/Europe for the most part.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would assume by most of all of the comments on this site that all of you are out racing through winding mountain passes all the time in order to get the most out of your sports cars tuned suspensions and phenomenal handling....

      What's that you say? You are stuck in traffic on your way to work?

      Let's face it ppl, for just about everyone, the only racing we are ever going to do is stop light to stop light... This isn't the fast and the furious.
        • 7 Years Ago
        actualy, John S., i participate in illegal underground drift races through parking garages on the way to work every day. I've had to do it on a daily basis ever since i was sentenced to Tokio for my crimes back in the U.S.

        I also roll with Vin
        • 7 Years Ago
        meh, i don't remember, there definitely WAS drag racing, but weren't they racing through a course marked off by cones in a city or some such nonsense at one point?
      • 7 Years Ago
      AWESOME. I need one of those!
      • 7 Years Ago
      say it isnt so.
      with all the bashing of those who run in circles and what could be lamer? Drag racing! let's go really fast for a short short period of time and distance.
      i think John daly could pull that off!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It better run 10's stock;consistently.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      please bring back the 5.9L Magnum!!! if you build it, i will buy it.
      itll go nice next to my Dak R/T
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it is a bold move IMOP. Hey why not capitalize on what has been working for Ford (Boy Racer Mustang, Bullett, Shelby, etc).

      There will aways be a market for classic looking muscle cars, but not at the volumes that they 'used' to be at.

      I can't wait till the Camaro and Challenger have been fully imersed, and like to see how the mustang reacts.

      No replacement for displacement. Build them and they will come!
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