Mopar unveils 2015 Challenger Drag Pak prototype

A new drag car from Mopar could be on the way.

Chrysler's Mopar division has unveiled a new Dodge Challenger-based test vehicle that could eventual make production as a factory-backed drag car.

Unveiled Thursday night at the National Hot Rod Association U.S. Nationals event in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle previews a drag-ready race car that will likely make production sometime in 2015. Chrysler says it is holding off on announcing official production details until the Challenger Drag Pak has been granted NHRA approval.

Based on the revised 2015 Dodge Challenger, the Drag Pak features a white exterior with a vintage stripe package. The Drag Pak borrows its front and rear fascias from the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT.

Inside the Drag Pak boasts Mopar gauges, a full roll cage, lightweight racing seats and five-point harnesses.

Under hood, the hot rod uses a 426 Race HEMI with an aluminum block and steel engine liners. Mopar didn't release any performance figures, but the crate version of the 426 HEMI develops 540 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque.

Other go-fast goodies include a 727 automatic transmission, a line lock system, aluminum driveshaft and a trunk-mounted battery for better weight distribution.

The Drag Pak uses drag-style tires all around, measuring 28” by 4.5” up front and 30” by 9” out back. All tires are mounted on 15-inch wheels.

In order to handle repeated runs down the track, the Drag Pak uses a Mopar K-Member and strut suspension geometry at the front and a four-link suspension, complete with a Panhard bar and a solid axle, at the back.

Chrysler last offered a Drag Pak version of its Challenger in 2013. That vehicle was available with either a V8 or a V10 sourced from the Viper.

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