Dodge and Mopar have never strayed far from success in drag racing, be it on run-what-you-brung nights at the local strip or at the highest levels of the sport. Hoping to both add to that heritage and capitalize on some of the media spotlight that's shown so brightly on the brand of late, Dodge has given us our first look at the 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test car.

Though this first iteration doesn't make use of the 707-horsepower Hellcat engine, it seems to be a pretty formidable racing package. Starting with a stock '15 Challenger, Mopar adds a full roll cage built to National Hot Rod Association specs. Rubber front and back is drag racing-ready as well, with 28x4.5-inch tires in the front, and fat 30x9-inch tires out back – all from Hoosier.

Powering the beast is a massive 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) Hemi Race V8, with output levels that are still unspecified. A Chrysler 727 automatic transmission connects up to a racing style shift lever, with integral line lock.

The rear-end is typical of the bulletproof fare needed for the rigors of drag racing, with a solid rear axle with a nine-inch aluminum third member, adjustable shocks, and an anti-sway bar. Front struts are also adjustable for compression and rebound.

The interior also begins life as a 2015 Challenger SRT, but gains Mopar gauges, lightweight racing seats, safety nets and five-point harnesses.

Scroll on below for even more information about the 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak.
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Sneak Peak for Sportsman Racers and Fans at NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis

Sportsman racers get sneak peek at 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle at National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) U.S. Nationals event
First Drag Pak test vehicle previewed by Sportsman racers at Thursday evening Mopar Racers Reception with Mopar Legends and Ramchargers
Mopar Performance Parts and SRT Motorsports engineers to answer questions and get feedback from Sportsman racers and Mopar legends on Drag Pak test vehicle
Test vehicle to be shown at the Mopar display Friday and Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway during NHRA U.S. Nationals event along with a 1968 HEMI® Dart Package car
Mopar Challenger Drag Pak is only modern era package car to win Stock Eliminator class at Indianapolis and has also won Factory Shootout races

August 28, 2014 , Indianapolis - When looking to build a better, more competitive race car for the quarter-mile drag strip, who better to ask for feedback than the Sportsman drivers and the drag racing legends who have helped Chrysler Group's Mopar brand build the reputation and heritage it has in motorsports?

The best place for that to happen of course would be at the prestigious 60th annual National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) U.S. Nationals event as the largest contingent of Sportsman and professional racers get set to compete at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, this weekend.

On Thursday evening, Sportsman racers were invited to meet many of the Mopar legends in the sport of drag racing including Don Garlits, Roland Leong, Ted Spehar, Herb McCandless, as well as members of the original Ramchargers - Tom Coddington, Al Adams and John Wehrly - at Mopar's racers reception held at Lucas Oil Raceway. All then got the chance to preview the first 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle and to talk with Mopar Performance Parts and SRT Motorsports engineers about the proposed next generation drag pak.

Representing the Mopar Motorsports program at the reception are Tricia Hecker – Director Marketing, Dale Aldo – Motorsports manager, and Ed Hessell – Mopar Performance Parts manager. Engineers on hand to take the Sportsman racers' questions and feedback include David Bailey –SRT Motorsports Engineering Senior Manager, Patrick Baer – SRT Motorsports Engine Group Engineering Supervisor, Steven Kouzoujian – SRT Motorsports Engine Group Senior Engineer, and Richard Talbot – SRT Motorsports Engine Group Engineering Specialist.

Mopar celebrates the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Gen II 426 Race HEMI® this year. More than 45 years after the 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Mopar package cars contributed to building the brand's reputation at the drag strip, Mopar still lives up to its heritage by continuing to add to the lineage of high performance quality products.

Remaining true to its roots, the brand is continuing its commitment to Sportsman racing with the development of the next generation Mopar Drag Pak. The 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle is the next step in the evolution of the modern day package car whose earlier incarnations include more than 150 V8 Challenger Drag Paks, an additional fifty V10 versions, as well as 426 Race HEMI® upgrade kits. The Mopar Challenger Drag Pak is the only modern era package car to win the Stock Eliminator title at the U.S. Nationals and has also won Factory Shootout races.

The test vehicle is built on the 2015 Dodge Challenger platform and sports a white body, a vintage stripe package, and 426 HEMI® identification. The drag pak test vehicle also includes the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT front and rear fascia trim, rear spoiler and a full roll cage fabricated to NHRA specifications.

Under the hood, Sportsman racers saw a 426 cubic-inch Race HEMI® engine with an aluminum block, steel liners and custom engine calibration. The car boasts a Chrysler-based 727 automatic transmission, a race-style stick shifter with integral line lock, and an aluminum driveshaft. The vehicle also is equipped with a weigh box in the trunk and a trunk-mounted 12 volt battery.

The interior is currently based on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT interior with the addition of Mopar gauges, driver and passenger lightweight racing seats, along with safety nets and five-point harnesses.

The Mopar drag pak test car also is equipped with 15-inch front and rear wheels, 28-inch diameter drag style front tires (4.5 inches wide) and 30-inch diameter rear tires (9-inches wide). It currently features precision performance front and rear brake rotors, calipers and master cylinder.

The test vehicle's front suspension currently sports the 2015 Mopar K-Member and strut suspension geometry, front struts with adjustable compression and rebound. At the back of the car, racers will find a four-link rear suspension with Panhard bar, rear solid axle with 9-inch aluminum third member, rear shocks with adjustable compression and rebound, and an anti-sway bar.

All specifications on the 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle are still preliminary and being evaluated, as they are pending NHRA approval as well as feedback from the Sportsman themselves. The vehicle will be shown at the Mopar display in the manufacturer's midway area on Friday and Saturday during the NHRA U.S. Nationals event weekend for racers and fans to view. Also on display will be an original 1968 HEMI® Dodge Dart package car.

As proud supporter of Sportsman racing within the NHRA, Mopar continues to recognize its roots with a robust contingency program, support of the Mopar HEMI® Challenge for a 14th consecutive year and last year's addition of the "Tom Hoover Sportsman Challenge" that rewards a Sportsman class racer that amasses the most points earned in a season during NHRA sanctioned races at the wheel of a Chrysler Group vehicle, competing in either Stock or Super Stock classes nationwide.

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      Bill Burke
      • 3 Months Ago

       I have been a Dodge/Mopar drag racer, fan and owner for over 50 years and have always believed that Chrysler products are outstanding daily drivers and superior drag race machines. Anyone familiar with drag racing must recognize the overwhelming success of Chrysler built products in all forms of racing for decades, and of course, the unmatched power and exclusive use in fuel classes of the Chrysler HEMI as the undisputed prime example of American automotive engineering achievement. Mopar folks stand proud and recognize, as I do, that Chrysler may not be the biggest, but they try hard to meet the expectations of their loyal owner base and produce the some of the most innovative,aggressive and dependable products to meet that demand, with outstanding results. From Max Wedge Stock Eliminators, to the total use of every fuel dragster and funny car of the Chrysler Hemi derived engine, to the unmatched performance of the legendary 1968  Hemi Dart and Barracuda Super Stockers, that are literally in a race class by themselves, Chrysler products have been and are more than competitive, they have been dominating.

       This latest Chrysler factory race car is no different. Dodge is committed to the new generation of factory race cars now in NHRA competition and the current success of the Challenger Drag Pak cars is testimony to their commitment. This next generation of Challenger Drag Paks should continue the success of these cars, the displaying of Chrysler engineering know how, and exceed the expectations of a loyal customer and fan base. Thanks Dodge, the legend lives.

        • 3 Months Ago
        @Bill Burke

        Ummm...Dodge already issued their own press release. 

          • 3 Months Ago

          You believe your comment to be pithy, when it is pissy.

          Bill Burke
          • 3 Months Ago

           I just toned mine down for general consumption. I stick to the facts as I know them and personal experience. Stand by the racing information, unless proven incorrect factually and the rock solid, satisfying ownership experience I've had with Chrysler products over 50 years. No press release really.

        Gary Wells
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Bill Burke

        you are right sir Fiat has some fast cars!!

          Bill Burke
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Gary Wells

           That's good! With these Chrysler designed and built products and Dodge's long history of successful racing participation on an international front going forward, the added support of an experienced partner with the impressive stable of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari  under it's roof, is truly unique and exciting. Imagine American and Italian engineering talent working hand and hand with a shared background of racing legend, to produce global racing success unlike anything that has happened before. What do you get when you marry Mopar and Ferrari ????? Wait and see, it will make your pulse rise for sure  Fast cars...absolutely for sure!

      • 3 Months Ago

      This is cool and all, but to me it seems the real value of drag racing is building and engineering your own unique vehicle and pushing it to the boundaries (and often beyond them...) I'll be anticipating the guys that put twin-turbos on these, but sadly I think the majority of them will be put away in a garage as an "investment"...

      • 3 Months Ago

      Is this street legal? The release is implying it's not, while some posters assume that it is. A legal variant could be a daily driver, that is, driven daily, but not a grocery-getter type driver. Nevertheless, I like the way this car sits, and how the stickies fill the radii. Nice stance.  

        • 3 Months Ago

        Yea I'm pretty sure they're not street legal, the same with Fords Mustang drag version.

      Jon Bowen
      • 3 Months Ago

      They need to take cues from ford and make a real. Drag pack car... Like the cobra jet. Not a heavy car burdened with all the factory equipment and interior. It will never match the Cobra jet in this form. 

      A Common Loon
      • 3 Months Ago

      Well, who among us wouldn't want a "nine-inch aluminum third member."

        • 3 Months Ago
        @A Common Loon

        I wouldn't, I can't imagine the wife would have any interest in 9" of cold metal.

      • 3 Months Ago

      The Decepticons will order at least 10 of these Dodge Challenger Drag vehicles. You Human or Fae North American Anna Silk Army Troopers. Have fun at Fan Expo Canada this weekend. All Hail Megatron/Galvatron.

      • 3 Months Ago

      I like what I see!

      More of it!


      • 3 Months Ago

      Eat your heart out Camaro owners, again Mopar will rule. Just like back in the 70's.

      • 3 Months Ago

      wow.....what a war this is going to be!  cannot wait until the new mach one cobra jet re-appears.  all thats missing are mr. mckellar and george H.....Great

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