All too often, a manufacturer offers a special “track ready” version of their sporty car that really isn’t track ready. When Nissan offered the 350Z in a track model, enthusiasts had something to cheer about. The only problem was that this was no stripper, in addition to Brembo brakes, you got leather, 6 disc cd changer and navi if you wanted it. So much for a track car. Where were all the option deletes?
Dodge on the other hand, has a history of doing things right. The Viper SRT10 ACR is a real track ready monster. Even the old Neon ACR was pretty close to race ready, with owners only needing to install the appropriate safety equipment. With the 2008 Challenger, the Dodge boys (and girls) are heading back to their roots in drag racing. It looks like they are planning to do it right.
* Lightweight front fascia support system
* Composite lift-off hood with functional scoop
* Lightweight cooling module with electric fan
* Special modified drop-out front crossmember
* Lightweight drag race-only front brake assembly
* Seats to accommodate six-point harness
* Special Body-in-White modified for drag racing
Reports are that the Challenger Super Stock will be a whopping 800 pounds lighter than the stock unit. Buyers will be able to choose from Hemi or 5.9 magnum engines and automatic or manual transmissions. What better way to dump weight, than to check the production delete boxes. No sound deadener, radio, windshield wipers, heater or even rear seats. This is a true race car.
Now if they would just add the heater and wipers back in, along with some big brakes, then this might be a killer road racer. Don’t be surprised if we don’t see one racing soon.