MAHLE’s “Drive with the Original” program is nearing it’s October 1st deadline, and the grand prize 1,100 horsepower Dodge Challenger build by Petty’s Garage has just wrapped up. MAHLE has uploaded a video of the finished muscle car build to its YouTube channel, and it is even cooler than we hoped it would be.
Along with the number of MAHLE parts stuck on this 426 Hemi V8, including pistons made from 2618 alloy, MAHLE gaskets, and a set of MAHLE oil, air, and fuel filters, Petty’s Garage had some help from other sponsors to make this Dodge Challenger a dream worthy ride. Forced induction comes by way of a blower from Procharger, and the motor is fitted with Kooks long tube headers and a custom Magnaflow dual cat back exhaust system modified to handle the huge power figures. Other modifications include a 1-inch lowering kit, a Petty’s Garage race-inspired spoiler, and custom Forgeline three-piece wheels wrapped in Continental ExtremeContact tires. A painted blue stripe package adorns the car’s flanks, while custom MAHLE and Petty’s Garage embroidered leather seats by Katzkin complete the interior.
While the monster muscle car wasn’t fully broken in during MAHLE’s initial test drive, it certainly still hints to the driver what it is capable of. Perhaps the most surprising part of the build is the fact that Petty’s Garage chose to use a manual transmission, despite the four-figure level of power. While the car would certainly be faster with a slushbox, you have to love the idea of rowing through the gears with enough torque to slow Earth’s rotation.
MAHLE will select four finalists at random to receive a trip for two to the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas from November 5-7, which coincides with the 2019 SEMA Show. Richard Petty himself will be there to hand over the keys to the grand prize MAHLE Dodge Challenger built by Petty’s Garage, just to make the reward that much cooler. The promotion is open to any service technician who uses MAHLE North America aftermarket parts.
For more information about entry and other details about the “Drive with the Original” program can be found here.