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”.
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.