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2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak – Click above for larger image

The Mopar Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak debuted just shy of a month ago and has already stormed its way into the NHRA record books. Driver Dave Thomas laid down a 9.43-second pass at 143.90 mph at a test session April 7, simultaneously setting the elapsed time and mile-per-hour records for the AA/SA class.

Thomas' record is all the more impressive when you consider that he made his first-ever passes in the car the Sunday before the record run. With capabilities in the nine-second range almost as soon as it comes out of the box, we expect there are quicker times to be pulled out of the only V10-powered factory dragster.

As a refresher, the V10 Drag Pak carries a slightly modified version of the 500 cubic-inch mill from the Viper mated to a two-speed race-only transmission and a Mopar solid-axle rear end. The car comes ready to race, with an NHRA-approved roll cage, fuel system and racing wheels and tires. Full press release after the jump.


2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak
  • 2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak
  • 2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak


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Dave Thomas Sets NHRA AA/SA ET, MPH Records in Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 8, 2011

* Thomas sets record with a 9.43/143.90 pass in his 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak
* Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak built for sanctioned NHRA Stock and Super Stock configurations
* Mopar offers the only factory-built, V-10 powered race-ready package car



Less than one month after making its competition debut, the 2011 Mopar® Challenger V-10 Drag Pak is already rewriting the NHRA record books.

Dave Thomas, of Westchester, Pa., powered his 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak to a record-setting 9.43-second elapsed time (ET) at 143.90 mph during a test session on Thursday, April 7 at the NHRA Division 1 National Open event at Atco (N.J.) Raceway (the test session allowed for record attempts). Thomas captured both the ET and mph records in the AA/SA class just two weeks after taking ownership of his Mopar Drag Pak, and with only a few passes under his belt in the new V-10-powered beast.

"In less than one month of competition, our 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak has made its presence known in the NHRA Sportsman ranks," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group's service, parts and customer-care brand. "Mopar is the only source for racers who want to purchase a factory-built, V-10-powered race-ready package car."

"The first run we made in the car was last Sunday," said Thomas, who backed up his record with a 9.46 ET run. "We only had eight passes in the car prior to our first run down the track yesterday, which was the record-setter. I know I could have gone quicker. On the second run, the car left good but I let off at the end of the pass."

"It's a spectacular car," added Thomas, who has been racing since 1971, in vehicles including a HEMI® Plymouth Barracuda. "We basically added weight bars to make minimum weight, and that was it. On its first-ever run, the car went a 9.79 at 137 mph. It's a turn-key operation. There are no headaches involved in setting it up at all. You just get in there and drive it. It's neat that the factory can make something like this."

The 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak, the first and only 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag race package car, was unveiled at the Dodge Viper Owners Invitational in October 2010. Based on the 2011 Dodge Challenger and finished in a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock configuration, the vehicle 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 race-ready package car made its competition debut when Frank Teuton Jr. entered his Mopar V-10 Drag Pak at the NHRA Gatornationals less than a month ago. Frank's brother, Joseph Teuton, took the car to its first class (AA/SA) win at the JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals on March 18.

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

* Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
* Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
* Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
* Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
* 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
* Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
* WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Bah! These factory built drag cars are silly.

      It's drag racing. Build it your damn self.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that car just oozes nobel prize winner.
      not at all inbred prison dreams
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, I REALLY want to see a race between this and the '12 SCJ Mustang.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the cobra jet held the record before this. It'll be really interesting if GM comes up with a car in this class.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please Chrysler, give us a production SRT10 Challenger.

      CAFE regulations be damned
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now put that engine as an option on the road car with the Viper's 6-speed, and I might get excited about something.
        • 4 Years Ago
        for real, street package and suspension/ transmission would be cooler. They still could offer it with nittos for traction..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bad Ass! I have always been a Ford guy but this really makes me question myself. Love this Mopar!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That car has way more in it, the 6.1L V8 Drag Paks are already running 9's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Mopar head was on Autoline Detroit last week. You need to watch the interview/discussion.

      7minute 15 second mark
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKcKW0jce40

      http://www.moparspeed.com/moparnews_home/moparnews_container/mopar-dragpak-breaks-record.html

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlhtSSQLg1E


      The video of the Challenger ---> it sounds so wickedly bad...


      That'll do Challie. That'll do.
      h**p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjQtzV9IZ0Q


      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like old times doesn't Ford ! Chevy doesn't want to come out & play so just keep that ole dog on the porch . As for Ford let's see you match this without a blower !
      • 4 Years Ago
      cobra-jet who? lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mopar might have Ford beat at the dragstrip, but until I see Chrysler fielding more cars/engines in F1, WRC, BTCC, Baja, etc, this Challenger is just a pebble's wake in an ocean. Ford is eons ahead in motorsports. Always have been, probably always will be, too.
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