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July Hellcat of the Month: The Epling Garage 007 Challenger

Aug 11, 2018 - 12:35 PM - by armtorque
July Hellcat of the Month: The Epling Garage 007 Challenger-epling_challenger-jpg


The July 2018 Hellcat of the Month as picked by the members of the SRT Hellcat and Demon Facebook Group is the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat shown above, owned by Leon Epling and raced by his son, Jason – making this Mopar muscle car a family affair, reports Patrick Rall of Torque News.

Over the course of the past two years, TorqueNews has worked with the members of the SRT Hellcat & Demon Group on Facebook to choose the Hellcat of the Month. The members – numbering nearly 18,000 – are asked to nominate five Hellcat cars that are owned by active members of the online community. Once those five Hellcat cars are chosen, the members are asked to vote on their favorite car of the five in the running.


In July, we focused on the Challenger and of the five nominations, the Epling Garage car pulled down 51% of the votes while the second place car received just 22% of the votes.


Some of you might have immediately noticed that we are discussing the July 2018 Hellcat of the Month even though it is August. When Epling Garage guys were busy getting their new setup into the car late last month when I reached out to them and when Leon got me the information, I was on the road for the Redeye first drive. In other words, we are running a bit behind schedule, but that doesn’t make this Challenger any less impressive.
In fact, this is one of the most impressive Hellcat cars in the world – currently holding the record for the quickest quarter mile time by a Hellcat car and the quickest quarter mile time by a Hellcat car with a manual transmission.
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NHRA Drag Racer Leah Pritchett Talks Racing, Challenges and Challengers

Jul 23, 2018 - 3:09 PM - by armtorque
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NHRA Drag Racer Leah Pritchett blew the doors off the competition at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar. It was a big weekend for Pritchett who helped introduce the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320.

It was a huge weekend for 30-year-old Leah Pritchett as she rocketed her way to victory at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar. On Thursday, she was selected to introduce the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, doing a burn out to illustrate the power of the new Dodge. She demonstrated the Mopar Dodge power all weekend long, not only winning but setting a track record of 327.19 mph during her top fuel dragster qualifying.

This was Pritchett’s first win at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, the 11th win of her career and puts her third in the overall standings.

Pritchett’s Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster was sporting a large 1320 in honor of introducing the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. It was also sporting a large ‘Angry Bee’ logo, the same logo on the new Challenger.

Big Victory for Dodge and Pritchett
Dodge has sponsored the NHRA races at Bandimere outside Denver for 30 years, but this was the first year as the title sponsor. Pritchett admits that it is pretty special to win your sponsor’s race. “I think there is something different about pressure. You can look at it as, you have to do well at your sponsor’s race, or you have a partner who believes in you, and all the people there bring that vibe and that energy. Like I said, we have our own zip code on the Mopar midway, and pitting with (Matt) Hagan and his new (Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) body. You can look at it two ways, as pressure or positive momentum, and that’s what happened this entire weekend.”
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Meet the 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat Funny Car

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:23 PM - by armtorque

Mopar introduced their new funny car body for the 2019 model year, which takes on the appearance of the 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – effectively replacing the Charger R/T funny car that has dominated the class since hitting the track back in 2015, reports Torque News.

Over the past three NHRA seasons leading up to 2018, Don Schumacher Racing has dominated the funny car class with the Dodge Charger R/T race car, but this season hasn’t gone quite as well as the past three. Perhaps with that in mind, Mopar and Don Schumacher Racing have teamed up to design the 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat funny car body, with DSR driver Matt Hagan being the first to run this new body when the cars hit the track this weekend at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar.

“The Dodge//SRT brand is all about performance, and the introduction of the Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car body showcases our commitment to performance and excellence at the dragstrip,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “We are looking forward to celebrating our brand’s first year as title sponsor of the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar by treating fans to the competition debut of the new Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car.”

Dodge Charger Hellcat Funny Car
Some people will be quick to point out that the 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat funny car really has little connection to the 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat street car, but the look of the 707-horsepower sedan is featured across the face of this new race car. Whereas the previous Charger R/T body had the front window dressing to provide the look of the 2015 R/T front end, this new car has the Hellcat-style front end stamped across the nose of the race car. This includes the new grille design with enlarged outlets on both sides – although the grille on the funny car doesn’t actually do anything – other than look cool.

While the aesthetic design of the 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat funny car is the easiest change to see in pictures, this new race car isn’t just a new paint job. DSR and Mopar worked together to improve the carbon fiber and Kevlar body, making changes to the lower portion of the nose, tweaking the sculpting along the sides and changing the “burst panel” above the engine to more adequately relieve pressure under the body in the event of an engine failure.
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