• Mar 5, 2011
World's fastest Dodge Caravan – Click above to watch the video after the jump

That's right, the world's fastest Dodge Caravan is being hawked to focus on other projects, and the seller has set a reasonable $6,500 selling price for the rolling novelty. The van started life in 1989, hauling the Joneses to soccer practice and Walmart. When current owner Ryan got ahold of it, though, its m.o. changed dramatically.

The minivan's engine and transmission were treated to thorough performance rebuilds, and the Chrysler four-pot got some much-needed oomph via a turbo. All that work yielded a stock-looking Dodge Caravan that's good for 11.5 seconds at 115 mph in the quarter mile, if you're brave enough.

You can see the original listing for the van here. Click past the jump to see a video of this family hauler turned dragstrip nightmare.

[Source: 1A Auto via Jalopnik]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Sick wheels on that caravan! Lol, I wonder what suspension mods he's done?
      • 3 Years Ago
      High 200's, low 300's I think. Those vans were light, and if it has the 3 speed auto (too lazy to check as I'm posting from my phone) they can be geared down to be pretty quick. There's a lot of potential in those old turbo 2.2s to go pretty fast.


      Van's are heavy and its a 2.5, not to mention the aerodynamics of a brick. Auto's can be built to take the abuse. He's probably making mid to high 300 whp.

      • 3 Years Ago
      What power do it have for into 11's ? Even with turbo, I didnt think 4pot on a van could be THAT fast.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd wager more like mid-high 300's to break into the 11's, with another 75-100 to get to mid 11's. They're light compared to modern minivans, but not that light.
        • 3 Years Ago
        High 200's, low 300's I think. Those vans were light, and if it has the 3 speed auto (too lazy to check as I'm posting from my phone) they can be geared down to be pretty quick. There's a lot of potential in those old turbo 2.2s to go pretty fast.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You could probably get good #'s with race gas and an accompanying tune for the track..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can you imagine getting smoked by this thing at the light and you're riding in a BMW or Audi? LOL. I would have no choice but to give him a thumbs up.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a meme from the Japanese crowd that those old K car based cars were all terrible but they actually weren't any worse than the vast majority of similar priced Japanese cars of that era and better than Ford and GM's front drivers. These cars could be made to go plenty fast and won more than a few races. The original Caravan was a revelation and easily beat the Japanese at their own game. Remember the first Toyota/Mitsubishi/Nissan "sit on top the engine with your feet on the bumper minivans"?

      It's good to see Dodge taking the minivan market back with best in class motors, best in class interiors and aggressive marketing. Grand Caravan is the second best selling vehicle in Canada because of aggressive marketing and now America's going to see a similar strategy.

      I like the present styling because it reminds me of the original's design integrity. These first Caravans were a tour de force for the maxim of "form follows function" in automotive design. One of the reasons small pickups seem a lost cause to manusfacturers is the success of minivans. A minivan is far more useful as an actual truck than any compact 2wd truck. Ask yourself the question, which vehicle would I rather move my apartment in, a long wheelbase minivan or Ranger/Tacoma/Frontier/etc pickup? What they are doing now by lowering the price, is to go after all family cars. Chrysler's best weapon against the Camry in the shortrun, is the Caravan. Chrysler's best weapon against the Tacoma is the HEMI Ram. This where they are going.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering he has a twin turbo 351 Fox body Mustang in his shop, he has better projects to work on. I was there for the 12.23 pass though, the crowd laughed their asses off at the V8 muscle car that lost.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That video looked a little slow, job well done though!
      • 3 Years Ago
      He sure blew the doors off of that Nova. I know they built some vans with the 2.5 turbo engine. Is this one that's just been heavily massaged?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Worlds fastest? I thought this was the worlds fastest Caravan?

      http://www.autoblog.com/2008/03/06/videos-jet-powered-dodge-caravan-earns-its-sports-badge/

      • 3 Years Ago
      American hot-rodding at it's best!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sold! Free advertisement probably sped up the sale some I'm sure XD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I got my DL in '89 4cyl 2.5L 5speed. The van was super light if needed one person could push it.
      I love this van!
      I wonder how they got the trans to hold up however. They were nutoriuos to break even in the 3.0 cyl v6
        • 3 Years Ago
        Its got a manual valve body and has been pretty heavily worked on but he is still really nice to it because he doesn't think it'd last through many hard launches with those slicks on.
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