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The Spring Festival of Lx's has its roots in Southern California as an enthusiast gathering for the hottest car platform to hit the American car market in years. Starting in 2004 (for 2005 model years), LX first referred to the new generation vehicle platform for the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum. For the 2006 model year, the Dodge Charger was added. We now use the Lx designation to generically refer to first generation LX as well as now encompassing the next generation platforms for LX (Chrysler 300), LC (Dodge Challenger) and LD (Dodge Charger). WHERE: Verizon Amphitheater, Irvine CA
As a group of SoCal car enthusiasts, our first meet in 2004 consisted of only 4 vehicles. Our next few meets in 2005 quickly grew to approach 100 vehicles. Starting in 2006, we kicked it up a notch and surpassed 300 vehicles with participants from all over the US and Canada. This event has grown every year since and we now expect over 1000 vehicles for the 2012 Spring Festival. As a community and enthusiast event, we have the tremendous support of Chrysler, Dodge, Mopar and SRT. We have had many executives in attendance from both the local Irvine office as well as Auburn Hills. The Spring Festival is becoming one of their favorite events as well!
As participants at this event, you share the passion we have for these cars. Through the various online forums, we post photos of our cars, our mods and ask questions. The Spring Festival is the place where you will see it all first hand and talk directly to other members that you have become friends with online. You may be a senior member or a newbie, have a full blown modified car or a totally stock car, it makes no difference. If it will be your first event you will not believe how great the people are. This is an experience of a lifetime and those who return year after year will tell you so. That's why they post and encourage everyone to attend. We hope to see you there.
WHEN: March 21, 2015 (but people start gathering as early as Tuesday, Mar 18)
HQ HOTEL: Double Tree Hotel, 90 Pacifica, Irvine, CA or
The 2015 Dodge Charger funny car won its debut event at the Winternational in a Dodge-Dodge final round, making short work of the new Camaro funny car in the process.
This past weekend marked the competition debut for the new 2015 Dodge Charger funny car and things couldn’t have gone much better – 2014 series champion Matt Hagan driving his Team Mopar Charger to the winner’s circle, beating teammate and fellow Charger driver Ron Capps.
There were five Dodge Charger funny cars competing this past weekend at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California, and four of those teams were debuting the redesigned 2015 Charger body. While there had been practice sessions with these new Charger bodies, this past weekend’s 2015 season opener marked the first time that Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. would go head to head with the best from Toyota, Ford and Chevrolet with the newest Charger funny cars. The fifth and final Charger driver in the Winternationals field was John Hale, who was driving the Jim Dunn Charger that is still wearing the 2015 body.
Qualifying Struggles, Crashes
The qualifying rounds for the five Dodge Charger funny cars didn’t go as well as any of the teams would have liked or how any of the fans would have expected. John Hale was the first Mo-powered car to hit the track, and when Bob Bode’s Totoyta Camry had early traction issues, Hale ran an easy 4.440, off the pace at the end. Jack Beckman was the first driver to bring a 2015 Charger to the line, and like Hale, the run could have been better. Beckman got off of the line well against former Mopar driver Jeff Arend, but Beckman lost traction late in the run and had to settle for a 4.485. Ron Capps was the first 2015 Charger driver to turn a decent time, running a 4.102 at 311mph but Tommy Johnson Jr had more traction issues, running a balmy 4.227. Matt Hagan finished off round one of qualifying for the Dodge teams, running a 4.191 ay 296mph.
After the first round, Capps was 5th quickest, Hagan was 11th, Johnson was 12th and both Hale and Beckman were below the cut line at 13th and 15th. Not very good.
In the second round of qualifying, things didn’t get a whole lot better for the 2015 Charger funny cars. First off, Jack Beckman had engine troubles and didn’t make a full run. Both Ron Capps and John Hale had traction issues and didn’t improve on their first time and while Matt Hagan turned a strong time of 4.090, he blew a motor just past the finish line that set the car on fire (as seen in the video below). Hagan got out unharmed, but the team was forced to change car bodies before the real racing began. The good news for round two was that Tommy Johnson Jr ran a 4.018 at 314mph to grab the top spot (after two rounds).
After round two, Johnson was in the top spot, Hagan sat 8th, Capps was 10th and both Beckman and Hale were below the cut line, sitting 16th and 17th.
In the third round of qualifying, Jack Beckman had more engine problems at the starting line against John Hale and while Beckman’s 2015 Charger didn’t get a time, Hale’s time of 4.193 put him into the top 16 for the eliminations. Ron Capps also improved his position in round three, running a 4.037 at 317 and while Hagan’s run of 4.174 didn’t have any impact on the top of the ladder, his opponent’s run in the third round did, as Courtney Force ran a stunning 3.995 to claim the top spot. That time would not be beaten by any funny car at any point in the weekend. Tommy Johnson Jr also ran slower in round 3, leaving him in the 2nd spot after round three.
The fourth round of qualifying was rained out, leaving Beckman out of the field and locking in the rest of the field. This meant that Johnson would sit #2, Capps was #6, Hagan was #12 and Hale was #13 for eliminations.
In the first round of eliminations, it was the Dodge Charger show. Hale beat #4 qualifier Crus Pedregon, Matt Hagan beat #5 qualifier Tony Pedregon, Tommy Johnson Jr beat Jeff Arend, and Ron Capps beat Alexis DeJoria.
In round two, the 2015 Charger of Matt Hagan beat John Hale’s 2014 Charger when Hale redlit and when Bob Bode broke at the line, Ron Capps got the easy win. Unfortunately, the quickest Charger in the field – Tommy Johnson Jr – lost a very... [Read More]
Since the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was introduced back in August as the quickest, the fastest and the most powerful 4-door sedan in the world, there have been some people who questioned the top speed capabilities, but today we have an official video of the 707hp Charger topping 206 miles per hour during testing. Patrick Rall reports for Torque News.
When the Chrysler Group announced that their 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat would go 204 miles per hour, making it the fastest 4-door sedan in the world, it was a very big deal in the performance car world. This is the kind of claim that an automaker would never make if the car wouldn’t actually run the numbers, but skeptics still insisted that there had to be some sort of trickery involved with a big, heavy sedan going 204 miles per hour. It had to be downhill. It had to be with a ton of wind behind it. The excuses went on and on.
Fortunately, the Chrysler Group has met all of that skepticism with the best proof possible – videos of the top speed record-setting run with a very clear explanation of how that record was recorded.
How Top Speed Records are Established
There seems to be a great deal of misunderstanding about how an automaker comes to an official top speed, particularly with a vehicle like the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Top speed verification runs don’t take place in an area like the Bonneville Salt Flats, where cars can rely on a near-endless area in which to build speed while getting some assistance from the conditions.
For a car to make an official top speed record run, they need to make two runs, one in each direction on the same stretch of track, and then taking an average of the two runs. Doing it this way allows automakers get a more realistic top speed figure, as the average figure helps to represent what the car in question can do without a tail wind. This is the same process used by the Bugatti Veyron in establishing the record for the world’s fastest production car and the fact that Hennessey did not follow these steps is why the Venom GT has not been recognized as the world’s fastest.
When the Chrysler Group set out to see just how fast the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat would go, they used these standards so that in the event that the Hellcat sedan hit a very high top speed – they would be able to confirm the top speed as an official record.
The Record Runs
While the Chrysler Group didn’t introduced the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat until mid-August, the record-setting run actually took place on a cool morning in July. The team took the 707hp sedan to the 7.5 mile test track, where a pair of 3 mile straightaways would allow the Charger to reach its top speed in safe confines. There were fluctuating winds of 8 to 14 miles per hour, which made the two run average that much more crucial.
On the first run with the tail wind, the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat hit a whopping 206.9 miles per hour. Mind you, we aren’t talking about gale force winds, but the wind was pushing the car down the track a bit. They then turned the Charger around and made another run, this time going into the wind. This run was slower, but only by a bit, with a top speed of 202.2 miles per hour. When you average those two numbers out, you get an official top speed of 204.55 miles per hour.
Without further delay, watch the video below of the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat blasting down the track at over 200 miles per hour and if you were a naysayer – prepare to snack on your words.
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