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Is Dodge Working On A New Special Edition Challenger?

New Track-Oriented Challenger Coming?

After the huge success of the drag racing-oriented 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Dodge has shaken up the muscle-car world with a fury of new models like the Challenger SRT HELLCAT Redeye, Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, and the Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT Widebody. While it seems that the Dodge//SRT brand has pushed production of the next-generation back an additional two model years to 2023 (sorry, to disappoint fans), it isn’t stopping the performance brand from making even more crazy models for the next two model years.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. (Dodge).

According to close sources to MoparInsiders.com, it seems that Dodge is quietly working on a surprise to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Challenger nameplate next year. That surprise, according to our sources is a new road racing trim for the Challenger. 

That’s right, a road course-oriented factory race car. The car will feature an extreme aerodynamics upgrade for maximum downforce and will feature some of the same technology that went into the GEN V (fifth-generation) Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer). Matter of fact, it seems that this special edition Challenger will wear the ACR nameplate.

2011 Dodge Challenger ACR Concept. (Dodge).

This wouldn’t be the first time that the Challenger carried the ACR nameplate. Dodge and Mopar brought a concept car to the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. The concept was a Challenger SRT8 featuring a vast amount of lightweight materials, including lots of carbon fiber. The car was one of the starring cars of the show, but never really gained traction due to cost to manufacturing.

The new Challenger ACR road racer, should put those who make fun of the big muscle car for being a “barge” in their place. The SRT Demon already showed that Dodge//SRT engineers can already make the heavy two-door into the fastest accelerating vehicle on the planet with a 0-60 mph time of 2.3-seconds.

Wesley Motorsports Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCAT Redeye Race Car. (Dodge).

While we still don’t know what powerplant will be in the car, we know that the road course race car from the factory-supported Wesley Motorsports team uses a 797 horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 from the SRT HELLCAT Redeye. We do expect the car, just like the race car to be made from the Widebody configuration. The Challenger SRT HELLCAT Widebody has already proven itself on the track. According to Dodge//SRT, the Challenger SRT HELLCAT Widebody on a 1.7-mile track, cut approximately 2-seconds per lap off the standard SRT HELLCAT’s times. That’s about 13 car lengths after just one lap.

2016 Dodge Viper ACR Extreme. (Dodge).

Expect the Challenger ACR to feature a massive adjustable dual-element carbon fiber rear wing, detachable extension for the front splitter, and additional dive planes. We are hearing that the car will also feature an option similar to the SRT Demon and the R/T Scat Pack 1320, that only the driver seat will be available with the car, but an additional passenger seat will only be $1.

Be sure to stay tuned to MoparInsiders.com, as we will continue to bring you the latest details on this upcoming special edition Challenger.

So what do you think of a road course Challenger racer? Leave your comments below.

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Mike Volkmann

Michael Volkmann, a mechanical engineer in the steel industry, autocrossed and road-raced Neons. Michael has drag raced his 1971 Duster 340, 2015 Dodge Charger SRT392, 2009 Challenger R/T, and Neons, of which he’s owned seven — one SRT4, three ACRs, and three Sport Coupes.

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