Dodge Challenger Drag Pak: Non-street legal and it can do wheelies

Nov 09, 2019 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates
At this year's SEMA, Dodge introduced the Challenger Drag Pak; a track-only Challenger equipped with wheelie bars, a parachute, and a roll-cage.

Introduced back in 2008, the 3rd-generation Dodge Challenger is an American muscle car that has spawned a good number of variants in the eleven years it existed. There’s the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Challenger R/T, the SRT8, the SRT 392, the powerful SRT Hellcat, the Challenger GT, and of course…the ludicrous but still street legal Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

In this year’s SEMA Show though, Dodge introduces the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. A drag oriented, a track-only car with certifications from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and the National Muscle Car Association. Sweet.

What sucks though is the Dodge is making only 50 of these beasts and they aren’t even making the price public.

A picture of the Challenger Drag Pak on a dragstrip.

Guaranteed wheelie for every gear shift. Ha!

What’s so special about the Challenger Drag Pak?

For starters, the Challenger Drag Pak is a car built to go fast on a straight line. To do just that Dodge tuned its 5.8 Liter supercharged V8, gave it a three-speed Kik-Shift manual shifter, a programmable power distributor called Racepak Smartwire, a very non-standard and very lightweight driveshaft, and a non-standard cross member which lowers the car’s gravity from the center.

Challenger Drag Pak

Not much was done to the exterior except for the sweet paint scheme

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Aside from those goodies, MOPAR, Fiat Chrysler’s service and customer care organization also fitted the special Challenger variant with a sturdy roll cage for safety, Bilstein double-adjustable struts and a pair of coil-overs for the rear as well. The kicker though is the addition of a chassis-mounted parachute and wheelie bars because the car does wheelies like its business.

Drag Pak rear

View it from the rear and you'll know this car means business

When it comes to its visual design, here’s what Mark Trostle, the head of performance, passenger car and utility vehicle design for FCA North American said:

“We want this to look so cool that when the customer buys a Challenger Drag Pak, he or she wants to run these graphics because they are so iconic and it stands out.”

Does the Challenger Drag Pak inspire you? Let us know when you decide to build something similar: A drag-track car that’ll do wheelies. For that though, check out our cars for sale section for listings of the Dodge Challenger, new and used.

A picture of the Challenger Drag Pak at a drag strip.

Only 50 will be built and it is not road legal

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.