Every couple of years, the Mopar brand will release a limited production run of hand-built Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak factory race cars to the public. The factory-built race cars give sportsman racers a new, turnkey package, loaded with suspension and chassis upgrades and built for National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) competition. Only about 50 copies of each production year of the car are built, every couple of years.
But back in 2011, there was one iteration of the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak that really stood out. The 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak featured an 8.4-liter (512 cubic-inch) VIPER V10 engine under its hood, which was mated to a 2-speed automatic transmission. It wasn’t the first time that a V10 was placed in the engine bay from Mopar or Dodge, but with a limited production of 50 units, much of the Mopar fan base has never seen the 2011 car nor know about its existence
Or own contributor, R/T Life, wasn’t aware of the V10-powered 2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak until recently. Mopar made sure that the non-street legal race car would only get into the hands of those who would race the car thanks to a strict application process.
At the time, the 2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak included the following equipment…
- Identification Plate with Unique Serial Number Sequence
- Primed and Painted Body, Standard In White, Custom Colors Were Available
- 8.4-liter (512 cubic-inch) VIPER V10 with Unique Engine Calibration (Horsepower & Torque Numbers Non-Released)
- 2-Speed Automatic Transmission with Shift Assembly and Built-In Roll Control
- Special Body-In-White Modified For Drag Racing Use –
- No Windshield Wiper Assembly
- No HVAC System (Included A Block Off Plates)
- No Rear Seats
- No Power-Steering System
- No Underbody Heat Shields
- Complete Fuel Cell Assembly
- Race Headers with Collectors
- Modified Tunnel For Transmission Clearance and One-Piece Driveshaft
- Raised Floor Above Differential For Solid-Axle Conversion Clearance
- Polycarbonate Door Windows
- Smart-Glass Door Window System
- Solid Engine Mounts
- Mopar Solid Rear Axle
- Lightweight Seats From The Dodge Viper To Accommodate 6-Point Harness
- Special Modified K-Member with Drop-Out Crossmember
- Lightweight Drag-Race Only Front Brake Assembly
- Manual Rack-and-Pinion Steering
- Front Chin Spoiler
- Lightweight Cooling Module with Electric Fan
- Lightweight Instrument Panel Assembly
- Special Cable-Operated Decklid Release
- Special Cable-Operated Throttle Pedal and Linkage
- Race-Style Wheels and Tires
Mopar did offer three options for the Drag Pak. First was the Competition Package that included an 8-point roll cage, 6-spoint safety harness, and a mesh window net. It would set the owner back $7,950. The Competition Package made sure that the car was ready to go down the street right from the factory. The second option was a Mopar logo body wrap, that cost $950, while the third option was to have the car painted in a range of body colors for $6,800.
The 2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak had a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $85,512 for those who were accepted by Mopar to purchase one.
As R/T Life’s video shows above, the 2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak proved to be dominating force on the drag strip. It continued to lead the Mopar brand in sportsman competition until the unveiling of the 2015 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. The 2015 package offered customers to choose from a naturally-aspriated 426 HEMI V8 or a supercharged 354 HEMI V8.
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