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SRT ENGINEERING TEAM DISBANDED UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT OF STELLANTIS

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Mopar fans may need to sit down for this one, as allegations claiming that the disbanding of the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) engineering team have been confirmed. The news comes just a few weeks after FCA officially merged with France’s PSA Groupe, in order to form a constellation of automotive brands known as Stellantis.

“All of the core elements of the SRT performance engineering team have been integrated into our company’s global engineering organization”, a spokeswoman for Stellantis told Mopar Insiders. “This action will have the two-way benefit of ensuring that our brands’ SRT and performance-focused product offerings continue to meet the highest quality standards and expectations while delivering key learnings from motorsports and other high-performance-technology applications across a wider mix of our company’s product lines”.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
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And yet, it seems that with the dissolution of the high-profile performance engineering team doesn’t actively mean that there won’t be future Dodge//SRT-branded products.

“These products have delighted enthusiasts for nearly two decades, and Stellantis will continue to sell and develop the next generation of Dodge//SRT-branded vehicles, as well as Jeep and Ram vehicles that utilize high-performance SRT technology,” the spokeswoman continued in the report.

When internal shakeups affecting performance teams happen, word tends to get out. And it tends to make enthusiasts worry. Recall last year’s news that General Motors reassigned many members of the Corvette engineering team to focus on electric vehicles. Or, prior to that, when leaders of the Chevrolet Camaro engineering team were pulled into other programs.

Perhaps engineering team members of the division moving to other Stellantis programs could help improve products across the board, leaning into some of the knowledge that comes along with developing performance muscle cars like the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Maybe this means the Chrysler Pacifica will eventually get a Hellcat V8. We’re joking, of course, but here’s to hoping.

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Dodge Durango SRT, Dodge Charger SRT, and Dodge Challenger SRT. Image via Stellantis.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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    1. Must be the new green deal. Unless people band together the collector car sell off will be worse than the 1929 stock market crash. The elites want all of us to ride around in micro cars.

    2. Say goodbye to your fake news SRT is alive and well the engineers are needed in other groups for new designs thier expertise is required. SRT vehicles will still be available. You don’t need the same people to make the same formula

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