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UPDATE: Roadkill Nights by Dodge is Back for 2016 with 2 Events

May 18, 2016 - 10:24 PM - by MagnumClub
UPDATE: Kansas City Road Kill Nights, June 18th

A Cash Purse totaling $19,000 will be awarded to the fastest Dodge cars, Dodge body and Dodge-powered cars only. (no trucks allowed)

1st Place = $10,000
2nd Place = $5,000
3rd Place = $2,500
4th Place - $1,500

Now is the time to launch your drag racing career. Pull your team together and head to Kansas City for the June 18th Road Kill Nights! This centrally located event is going to fill up immediately so don't waste time. Details on the Detroit / Woodward event will be announced shortly.

*****Go here for more details and to sign up.*****

After more than 10,000 people turned out for last year’s Roadkill Nights by Dodge event in the parking lot of the old Detroit Lions stadium, the most powerful brand in America will hold two Roadkill Nights events for the summer of 2016 – one in Kansas City in June and another in Detroit in August.

“When more than 10,000 performance enthusiasts flooded the gates at the first ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ event at last year’s Woodward Cruise Week, we promised the event would be back, and it is,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands — Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA — North America. “Even more than a pure enthusiast event filled with drag racing, thrill rides and live music, Roadkill Nights gets people off the streets and onto a track run by professionals, so they can really show how their hot rods perform in a more controlled environment.”

The 2016 Roadkill Nights by Dodge events will follow a similar format to last year’s event in Pontiac, Michigan, except for 2016, the Kansas City event will take place at Kansas Speedway while the Michigan location is yet to be determined (last year's event was at the old Pontiac Silverdome parking lot). Each of these events will have a car show area and a drag racing area, with both fields open to vehicles of all makes and models – although there will be special cash prizes for racers in Dodge vehicles. There will also be a large manufacturer’s midway area with all sorts of Dodge-themed displays, new Dodge vehicles to check out, live music, Dodge schawg and a spread of food trucks. There are also thrill rides in the Hellcat Challenger, the Hellcat Charger, and the Dodge Viper.

There are no specific details on the Michigan event on August 19th shy of the date and general location, but we know that the Kansas City event will open on June... [Read More]
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The Bondurant SRT Experience is a MUST for the Mopar Lover

May 11, 2016 - 10:13 AM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

Whether you own a new Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger or Dodge Viper and you want to learn how to properly handle the performance or if you are just a hardcore Mopar lover who wants to drive the company’s best-performing vehicles of all time in a safe environment – the SRT Experience at Bondurant Racing School is an awesome event. I recently had a chance to fly to Arizona with the folks from Dodge to get the SRT Experience for myself and I can comfortably say that this one-day event was one of the most exciting automotive experiences of my life.

Heading into the SRT Experience at Bondurant Racing School, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have talked to a handle of SRT owners who have gone through their complementary SRT Track Day event at one of the various locations around the country and honestly, none of their reviews were very good. They didn’t get to drive the Hellcat cars or the Viper and what track time they did get was filled with very restricted levels of performance. To put it bluntly, more than one attendee told me “I drove faster on the highway getting to the event than we did on the track” – and because of that, I wondered if the new Bondurant SRT Experience would be more exciting than the details from the previous SRT on-track driving events.

As it turns out, the folks at Bondurant have turned the SRT Experience into an incredible event, allowing you to push the limits of your capabilities under the watchful eye of some of the world’s most skilled racing instructors – all of whom have been trained by racing champion Bob Bondurant. Those instructors will teach you how to handle and enjoy a list of high performance modern Mopar muscle cars, including the Charger Scat Pack, the Charger Hellcat, the Challenger SRT 392, the Challenger Hellcat and the Dodge Viper TA2.0.

The day begins with classroom time, where the instructor will explain to the students what they will be doing, what they will be driving and what they will be learning both during and after time on the track.

Before getting onto the road course or into the Hellcat Challenger, Hellcat Charger or Viper TA2.0, your track time begins on a skid pad in a specially equipped Charger Scat Pack. This car has an extra set of wheels attached to a hydraulic cradle system under the car and these extra wheels are connected to a button panel inside of the car. As the student drives around the skid pad, the instructor raises and lowers the front and rear cradle systems. Raising the front end reduces steering input and increases understeer while raising the back end reduces traction and increases oversteer.

As you drive around the skid pad, the instructor changes how the car reacts, so you might have to drive through an extreme oversteer condition four times around a turn, only to have it understeer on the fifth time – forcing you to react differently to keep the car straight. Until you have proven to the instructor that you can handle an extreme oversteer or extreme understeer condition, you cannot get onto the race track in the high performance cars. The video below shows the skid pad action from someone (not myself) having a difficult time with oversteer.

Once you have proven that you can “save” the car in a situation of extreme oversteer or understeer, you head on over to the road course for the real excitement. The Hellcat Challenger, Hellcat Charger and Viper TA2.0 were next up and while Bondurant uses a lead-and-follow format – it is the most exciting and the most educational lead-and-follow I have ever experienced. You hit the track in a group of 3 or 4 students behind an instructor, but unlike other racing schools where there is an instructor in the car coaching you as you go – you are on your own in the car. You hit the track and do your best to keep up with the instructor in the lead car. The better the students keep up, the harder the instructor pushes his car around the track. At times, the instructor will be forced to slow down to let a car or two catch back up and after the session, you all head into the pits where the instructor gives you pointers on what you can do to better get around the track. Then, you head back onto the track to apply what you were told in one of the two Hellcat cars or the Viper TA2.0.

After you have spent some track time getting a feel... [Read More]
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Happy Birthday Brampton - Birth place of Modern Mopar Muscle

Apr 29, 2016 - 3:48 PM - by MagnumClub

Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA) Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton Ontario is celebrating 30 years of continuous automobile production. Originally opened in 1986, the plant was designed to build the Renault Premier. Chrysler bought controlling interests of AMC & Jeep from Renault before the first model came off the line and it was renamed the Eagle Premier (BB body code). in 1990, it was joined by the Dodge Monaco (re-badged Premier) until the end of 1992 production. the plant was then re-tooled for LH model (Intrepid, Concorde, Vision, New Yorker, & LHS) production (Edit: Thanks for the clarification Pete). The plant covers over 2.95 million square feet and sits on 269 acres of land. The high tech facility houses 581 different robots and employs 3,452 employees including a number of our very own members (hi Rab!).

Rab McLarnon was kind enough to organize a tour back a couple of years for a select number of lucky LXForums members so I’ve had the honor of actually going through the birth place of Modern Mopar Muscle. The assembly line employees were extremely professional and friendly as we stood and stared, mouth agape, as beautiful Challenger, after Charger, after 300 rolled down the line. We started at one end of the colossal facility where rolls of sheet metal come in and finished at the opposite end where completed vehicles drive off the line. The four story parts bin where robots automatically grab pieces off the shelf just in time to be assembled on to the next car is especially impressive.

Watching body meet chassis on the factory floor, with my fellow enthusiasts, I felt a tremendous amount of pride and admiration for the teams of people that bring our cars to market. We owners owe a serious debt of gratitude to the men and women who so carefully and meticulously craft the vehicles that we love, obsess over, modify and race.

So Happy Birthday Brampton! Keep up the good work and here’s to the next 30 years of ass-kicking, chest pounding, adrenaline pumping, Modern Mopar Muscle production!!
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