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Dodge Challenger SRT8 Runs a 9.53, Setting a New World Record

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:32 PM - by armtorque
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This past weekend, David Crockett and his 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 rocketed down the quarter mile in just 9.53 seconds during the Modern Street Hemi Shootout event at Virginia Motorsports Park – setting a new world record for the quickest modern Challenger with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Before getting into David Crockett’s world record run, I want to clarify his record claim. In running a 9.53 quarter mile, Crockett’s 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 set the record for the quickest quarter mile time by a modern Mopar machine with the factory-equipped 6-speed manual transmission. Some of you might be wondering how this record relates to the current Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat quarter mile record set by the Epling Garage car at 9.06. Leon Epling’s record-setting Hellcat Challenger does feature a manual transmission, but it is an aftermarket racing transmission, not the factory-equipped TR6060, and that is the key difference between the two records.

With the Liberty race transmission, Leon Epling’s Hellcat Challenger set the record for the entire Hellcat community, but in terms of those Mopar muscle cars with the original 6-speed, David Crockett’s Challenger is the quickest in the world. Not to take anything away from the Hellcat record-setting run in the Epling Garage Challenger, but this 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is being shifted with the clutch like your average street-driven cars – and David Crockett gets through the gears well enough to lay down a mid-9-second quarter mile. No Dodge Challenger with the factory-equipped manual transmission has run a quicker ET.

David Crockett’s 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8
David Crockett bought his 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 new and he quickly decided that he wasn’t happy with the stock horsepower. With the help of Josh Schwartz at High Horse Performance, this Challenger has been transformed into the quickest of its kind and the heart of that record is under the hood.
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2017 Dodge Hellcat Challenger, Charger Production Numbers Hit the Net

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:56 PM - by armtorque
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Production numbers for the 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and 2017 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat have arrived online and while they are not official numbers, the lack of official numbers of a particular trimline leaves us to rely on these unofficial numbers for the 707 horsepower Mopar muscle car – just like we have done for the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Before getting into the production totals for the 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 2017 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, I want to explain the source of these numbers. These numbers come from a member of the forum Hellcat.org who goes by the name PLMCRZY, and he has posted the accepted Hellcat production numbers for each of the 3 model years. He doesn’t explain where he got the information and these numbers are neither official nor are they officially confirmed, but they are the only Hellcat production numbers available.

FCA will occasionally reference sales totals for a model like the Hellcat cars, but the company (and other automakers) do not offer a detailed breakdown of sales units for a particular trimline. FCA will announce how many Challengers and Chargers they sell in 2017, but the company is unlikely to announce production numbers specifically for the Hellcat Challenger for the 2017 model year. Because of that lack of official information, we have been forced to rely on unofficial numbers gathered by a source which is believed to be reliable.

It should be noted that FCA would not confirm these numbers (just like they would not for the 2015 and 2016 model years), but an insider who asked to remain unnamed told me that “the totals sound about right”, and this is a person who likely knows the actual numbers.

So the bottom line is that these are not official numbers, but the numbers from PLMCRZY have been accepted as accurate over the past few years, so these are likely the only production numbers that we will get for the 2017 Dodge Challenger and Charger in their SRT Hellcat forms.

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Production
For the 2017 model year, Dodge built 2,976 examples of the Hellcat Challenger, with 735 having the 6-speed manual transmission and the other 2,241 are equipped with the 8-speed automatic transmission. Pitch Black (640 units) was the most popular color for the 2nd year in a row, Destroyer Grey (365) was 2nd, Yellow Jacket (355) was 3rd, White Knuckle (328) was 4th and Go Mango (298 – shown above) was 5th. The least popular color for the 2017 Hellcat Challenger was Maximum Steel for the 2nd year in a row, with just 41 units built.

Reprinted from TorqueNews.
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The Trackhawk Really is That Good

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:59 PM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXFORUMS Editorial Staff

The Trackhawk Really is That Good

Last month, I traveled to Portland, Maine to drive the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and I can comfortably say that this is the Hellcat SUV which the Mopar community has been dreaming of – combining the luxury of the SRT Grand Cherokee with the performance of the Dodge Hellcat car, but with an advanced all-wheel drive system making that power a whole lot more usable.

If you have driven a Hellcat car or any other 700+ horsepower, rear wheel drive vehicle, you know what it feels like to put all of that power to the ground and to accelerate with incredible urgency. At the same time, if you’ve driven a car with that kind of power, you know what it is like to try to launch with all of that power – without roasting the tires. The “worst thing” about the Hellcat cars is trying to get traction, which is quite a chore with the stock tires.

The difficulty in getting good traction was one of the reasons why the early rumors of a Hellcat-powered SRT Jeep Grand Cherokee proved to be so popular. The idea was that an advanced all-wheel drive system coupled with the supercharged Hemi and the 8-speed automatic transmission from the Hellcat cars would make for one of the greatest performance SUVs in the world and one of the greatest American performance cars of all time.

Those ideas were accurate, as the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the easiest Hellcat-powered vehicle to drive, affording this high performance SUV incredible acceleration capabilities whether you are launching at the drag strip or throttling hard out of a tight turn on a road course. As we all expected, an AWD SRT Jeep with 707 horsepower and 645lb-ft of torque is the kind of vehicle that you can just hammer the throttle without any real concern of traction. It will spin the tires a little, but the tires bite quick and away you go.

Although the Trackhawk weighs more than 5,300lbs, the combination of the AWD system and the 707 horsepower Hemi allows this supercharged SUV to dash from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds officially, but during my test session, I was able to get down to a 3.4 with only a handful of runs, so to say that 3.5 is easy with the Trackhawk is a big understatement.

The trick to those smokin’ fast 0-60 times (and mid-11 second quarter mile times) is the combination of the Launch Control system and the Torque Reserve system. When you launch a Hellcat Challenger or Charger, there is almost no boost pressure right at the point of launch, so they make around 100lb-ft of torque right at the point of launch. The Torque Reserve system in the Trackhawk allows you to launch with around 5 pounds of boost, so the torque output at the point of launch is considerably higher. If you launched with those torque levels with an otherwise stock Hellcat car, it would just smoke the hell out of the tires, but the Jeep’s advanced AWD system allows you to make use of all of that power as soon as you let off of the brakes.

Running a 3.5-second 0-60 with a Hellcat Challenger or Charger takes some experience and skill, but the Trackhawk’s Launch Control system with Torque Reserve makes those numbers fairly effortless. In other words, this is a vehicle that is going to be an absolute beast in a stoplight sprint, so street racers will want to avoid these supercharged Jeeps, unless you are confident that you can pull 3.5 0-60s on the average street surface.

While the odds are good that most Trackhawk owners will spend most of their racing time in straight line sprints, my time at Club Motorsports in New Hampshire proved that the supercharged Jeep is not a one trick pony. The AWD system and the supercharged Hemi allowed the 5,300lb SUV to rocket out of corners and up the steep hills of the flowing road course, while the adaptive suspension and the Brembo brakes allowed the big ute to cut through the corners as well as any vehicle in the class. I don’t expect that... [Read More]
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