The 2019 SEMA Show has already been an eventful show for Dodge, with news stories swirling about the ProCharger Challenger and the SpeedKore carbon fiber Charger muscle cars. Earlier today we reported on the debut of a new drag-racing focused muscle car on its way from FCA, and now Dodge has taken the wraps off of the 2020 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.
The fourth-generation Drag Pak starts life as a standard-width Dodge Challenger Body-in-White unibody built at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario. Don’t let these mundane roots fool you, as this muscle car is a serious factory-built, track-only drag racing machine. Dodge says that the fourth-generation Challenger Drag Pak builds on lessons the automaker learned from the previous Drag Pak Challenger, which was able to claim the NHRA and NMCA world championships in 2018.
After the unibody leaves the assembly line, the car is fitted with an SFI-spec Body-integrated welded roll cage, which is certified for ETs as low as 7.50 seconds. After the safety gear is out of the way, the Challenger Drag Pak is fitted with a number of mechanical chassis and suspension upgrades, like a unique engine cross member that lowers the center of gravity and improves weight distribution. Changes to the front of the car also include specific Bilstein double-adjustable struts to help make sure this Mopar is competitive in NHRA and NMCA competitions. Like the factory built COPO Camaro, this race-ready Challenger is intended to compete in sportsman class events sanctioned by either respective series.
Under the hood of this factory racer sits a supercharged 354 cubic-inch Hemi V8 engine mated to a T400 three-speed transmission with a Kwik-Shift manual shifter. While this isn’t a new iteration of the legendary 426 cubic-inch Hemi, we’re sure this motor is more than capable of sending this muscle car 1320 feet rather effectively. Other Drag Pak specific modifications include a unique lightweight driveshaft, front and rear racing-style brakes, Racetech seats, a Racepak Smartwire fully programmable power distribution center and an exclusive Drag Pak lightweight wheel and tire combo.
Dodge says that production of the 2020 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is limited to 50 serialized units, though modular kits will be available for those who want to turn their own Challenger into a drag-racer. Performance data, as well as ordering and pricing details are set to be announced at a later date.