Traditionally, going drag racing meant piecing together your own, custom-modified vehicle, though Dodge is making the endeavor more accessible — to those with deep enough pockets — with its new strip-ready, Mopar Drag Pak for the 2021 Challenger.
Taking lessons learned from the manufacturer’s NHRA and NMCA competition experience, the Mopar Drag Pak’s powered by a 354ci Gen-III HEMI V-8 with forged internals, 3.0L Whipple-type twin-screw supercharger, and is paired with a three-speed TH400 automatic transmission mated to a lightweight aluminum Strange Engineering driveshaft. NHRA-rated at 630hp, the engine allows for quarter-mile runs in a blistering 7.5 seconds — a full three-seconds less than the 807hp SRT Super Stock-spec Challenger. A bonafide, pro-grade, turn-key drag racer, this track-only vehicle’s interior is largely gutted to save on weight and packs an NHRA-certified 4130 Chromoly roll cage, race seat, and a race gauge cluster and Holley EFI seven-inch digital display. There’s also upgraded, drag-specific suspension with two-way adjustable Bilstein coil-overs, race fuel-pump-equipped SFI-certified three-gallon fuel cell, a 10’ parachute, wheelie bars, and the choice between Bogart or Weld Racing wheels (15” front, 17” rear) though both come shod in Mickey Thompson drag radial tires. Available beginning September 9 and limited to 50 units, the 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak is priced at $143,485.