There are tens of thousands of grassroots drag racers across the United States and Canada who compete in events sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) every year. As competition has continued to get tighter each year, more racers have looked toward modern drag racing versions of today’s current muscle cars to lead them to victory. Thanks to the latest safety innovations, technology, and horsepower, all of Detroit’s Big-3 automakers continue to produce limited-production non-street-legal race cars every couple of years.
This year, Mopar and Dodge//SRT introduced its fourth-generation Dodge Challenger Drag Pak package. Using what the group has learned with its successful third-generation, the fourth-generation Drag Pak gave racers a choice of buying a complete, turnkey package that is ready for the drag strip. Only 50 of the serialized units were built.
Starting as a Body-in-White (BIW) Dodge Challenger off of the production line at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, the Mopar team integrates an SFI-specification welded roll cage, rated for quarter-mile runs as fast as 7.50 seconds into the body.
The fourth-generation Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is then equipped with a Strange rear axle assembly which uses Coilover shocks, four-link suspension with a wishbone, and an anti-roll bar. Another new standard feature for the 2021 car is the addition of a wheelie bar and a parachute mount, which are integrated into the chassis for the first time.
Upfront, the Drag Pak comes with a unique engine cross member, which lowers the center of gravity and improves weight distribution. Also included are drag-specific Bilstein double-adjustable struts.
The 2021 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak comes with a lot of muscle to back up its drag racing-oriented suspension. Returning to the Drag Pak is the supercharged 354-cubic-inch HEMI V8. While official power numbers have not been released, the third-generation cars with the supercharged 354 HEMI were making anywhere from 1,000 horsepower to 1,200 horsepower. The monster HEMI is mated with a T400 3-Speed transmission with Kwik-Shift manual shifter.
The Drag Pak also features a ton of other powertrain goodies, which include a lightweight driveshaft, front and rear racing specific brakes, a pair of Racetech seats, a Racepak Smartwire fully programmable power distribution center, and a new Drag Pak exclusive lightweight Weld Racing wheels with Mickey Thompson tires.
This particular Drag Pak shown is crossing the auction block at Mecum in Kissimmee, Florida on Thursday, January 13th, 2022. The car is the No. 17 of 50 and doesn’t have the Drag Pak livery we have seen most of the 2021 models have. Featured as Lot # T193, you can visit the Mecum auction site for more details and to make a bid on the car once it goes up for auction.
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