Mopar and Dodge//SRT have just pulled the covers off of their fourth-generation Dodge Challenger Drag Pak at the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The 2020 version of the grassroots drag racer that is available to compete in events sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) is back and better than ever.
Using what the group as learned with its successful third-generation, the fourth-generation Drag Pak gives racers a choice of buying a complete, turnkey package that is ready for the drag strip, or a variety of modular kits to install on their own Dodge Challenger drag car. Only 50 of the serialized units will be built, with ordering details and pricing coming in the future. But, let’s take a look at some of the new features of the 2020 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.
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.
For the 2020 car, 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 2020 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 2020 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 and Mickey Thompson tire package.
Exterior changes for the 2020 car include the use of the front and rear fascias from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, as well as the same hood that was used on the 2015 to 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat models and this currently used on the drag racing-oriented 2020 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320.
“Mopar and Dodge//SRT collaborated to make this factory production-based Challenger Drag Pak not only a forced to be reckoned with at the strip but also an instant collectible for Mopar enthusiasts,” said Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts & Customer Care, FCA – North America. “Our legacy has been won at the track by the women and men who pour all they have into being the best. This new Challenger Drag Pak gives them the tools to stay in front of the competition.”
Another new feature for the fourth-generation Drag Pak is its new heritage-inspired graphics package. The new graphics package uses 1970s Mopar classic colors of red, white and blue and plays on the nostalgia look with blue Mopar logo and red “dragpak” badging on the quarter panels above the rear wheels, while the red band wraps around the rear of the car and connecting the graphics from the other side.
A wide blue stripe, with red tracers on each side, runs from the edge of the front fascia, over the roof, and through to the rear edge of the decklid. The graphic highlights the width of the Challenger Drag Pak and complements the variety of stripe packages Mopar offers for the Dodge Challenger. A blue band runs along the lower quarter of each side of the Challenger Drag Pak, accented by a red tracer line.
“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 stand out,” says Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design for FCA – North America. “Mopar people are proud of the heritage, and the look and they want to show that off.”
So what do you like about the fourth-generation Drag Pak? What is your favorite feature? Leave your comments below.
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