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The Dodge Challenger and Charger are the most powerful cars in their segments, but they are also among the safest - achieving the highest score possible from the NHTSA crash test system. Patrick Rall reports for TorqueNews.com.
FCA has announced that the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger for the 2017 model years have received the NHTSA’s 5-star overall safety rating – the highest score available – essentially making the most powerful American models among the safest as well.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has become the most trusted source in terms of safety ratings and based on their latest scores for the 2017 Challenger and 2017 Charger, these two high performance Dodge cars are among the safest cars on the road. Both the 2017 Challenger and the 2017 Charger scored a 5-star overall rating, the highest possible score in the NHTSA crash test system and for the Charger, this is the 10th straight time that it has received the top overall score.
How NHTSA Crash Tests Work
Before getting into the results of the 2017 Challenger and Charger NHTSA testing, a quick overview of how the system works.
The NHTSA crash test safety scores are broken up into 3 key tests which lead to the overall score – Frontal Crash, Side Crash and Rollover. Frontal Crash has the car hitting a fixed barrier at 35 miles per hour. Side Crash has each side of the car being hit at 35mph by a barrier (simulating an intersection type impact) and the car being push into a pole at 20mph. The Rollover test includes an aggressive lane change maneuver intended to create the best chance of the car flipping over.
Within each of those 3 tests, there are specific metrics based on the simulated crashes mentioned above, all of which lead to the overall score.
There is a new quickest Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, with the new quarter mile record for the supercharged 4-door sedan being a 9.58 - just over a tenth of a second behind the world's quickest Hellcat Challenger! Patrick Rall reports for TorqueNews.com.
This past weekend in Wisconsin, a Plum Crazy Purple Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat set a new quarter mile record for the factory-supercharged sedan, stopping the times at 9.58 with a trap speed of 142.94 miles per hour – and we have the details on this monster Mopar.
While the records for the quickest Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – both with the manual transmission and the automatic – have changed hands a few times over the past year few months, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat quarter mile record has stood for nearly a year. Linda T’s 9.71 last November was the quickest quarter mile time by the new supercharged sedan and while there are lots of big-power Hellcat Chargers running around – none of them had beaten Linda’s 9.71 @ 140.39mph record.
That all changed this past weekend, when a gentleman named Steve blasted down the quarter mile in his Hellcat Charger in just 9.58 seconds, setting the new record for the quickest Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in the world.
The New Quickest Hellcat Sedan
While I am still working on getting the full details, here is what we know now about the world’s quickest Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
This beautiful Plum Crazy supercharged sedan has a relatively short mod list, including upper and lower pulleys, larger injectors, Kenne Bell Boost-A-Pump, a BWoody cold air intake, drag radials and a good tune from Barth Tuning – with the setup running on E85 rather than gasoline. It should be noted that unlike the other Hellcat record cars that we have talked about over the past few months which were tuned by High Horse Performance, the new Hellcat Charger record holder was tuned by Tim Barth of Barth Tuning.
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff
The Ford Raptor has got a Hellcat sized target on it's back. Would you rather have an engine called "EcoBoost" or "Hellcat"??
FCA recently introduced the Ram Rebel TRX Concept at the Texas State Fair with Hellcat Hemi power and if this truck should make it to production – and it most certainly looks production-friendly in almost every way – it would very easy kill Ford’s F150 Raptor. The Hellcat Ram will almost certainly cost more, but with far more power, heavier duty braking components and a race-ready suspension setup, the EcoBoost’d F150 would have a hard time keeping up on road or off.
In case you haven’t read about the Ram Rebel TRX Concept, here is a quick rundown.
First and foremost, this Ram 1500 concept is powered by a supercharged 6.2L Hemi known as the Hellcat in the Dodge Challenger and Charger, but since “Hellcat” is evidently a Dodge brand thing, the Ram Rebel TRX Concept doesn’t actually use the Hellcat name anywhere on the truck or in the marketing materials. However, there is no question that this is the Hellcat Hemi with a lower power rating – 575 horsepower, to be exact. That power is sent to all four wheels via the heavy duty TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, a Borg Warner heavy duty transfer case, the standard Ram 1500 front axle and a Dynotrac Pro rear axle.
The Ram engineers then added a high performance suspension setup featuring internal bypass dampers at all four corners with unique springs at all four corners, taking advantage of the Ram 1500’s segment-exclusive rear coil spring setup. This suspension setup allows for 40% more wheel travel than the standard Ram Rebel dampers, making plenty of room for the 37 inch mud tires on beadlock wheels. Handling is also improved by adding the braking system from the Hellcat Dodge cars, including Brembo 15 inch rotors up front with 6-piston calipers and 14 inch Brembo rotors out back with 4-piston calipers.
Finally, the Ram Rebel TRX Concept has a heavily modified body, with a unique hood, a unique grille, a new front bumper, fender flares around all four wheels, a new rear bumper, a rollover bar with a built-in dual tire carrier and overhead accessory lights and a set of side skirts which have the side-exit exhaust system integrated into them. On the inside, the TRX Concept gets unique seats, special badging and cool pull straps instead of door handles.
In short, Hellcat Hemi engine with 575hp, heavy duty 4WD components, high performance off-road suspension, massive Hellcat brakes, big off-road tires and a body which has many of the same upgrades as a modern trophy truck – but all in a street-legal package.
The problem, of course, is that this Ram Rebel TRX Concept is just that – a concept. However, when you look at the features, their basic availability and their similarities to the Ford... [Read More]
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