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Check Out This Slightly Modified Dodge Durango Pursuit With A 797 HP Engine

This year’s 2019 Tire Rack One Lap of America Presented by Grassroots Motorsports Magazine kicks off May 4 in South Bend, Ind., and Dodge//SRT is defending the Dodge Durango SRT’s 2018 One Lap truck/SUV class title, upping its game with a new Durango SRT Pursuit concept called “Speed Trap.” 

This is a 797 horsepower Dodge Durango SRT built for the One Lap Of America race.

Last year, Dodge won the SUV class at the 2018 Tire Rack One Lap of America race. Held since 1984, One Lap of America sees several classes of vehicle take part in a combined series of road and track races that--as the name suggests-- take them on a lap of America.

Or at least, it used to. Previous editions of the race would have people drive from coast to coast, but this year the race takes place in the Midwest, starting in Indiana before going through Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, and then finally back to Indiana. The entire race covers almost 4,000 miles across 7 states and 8 race tracks.

In order to retain their crown, Dodge decided to take a Durango SRT Pursuit (that’s the police interceptor version of the big SUV) and swap out the 6.2-L HEMI V8 for the one they put in the Dodge Challenger SRT Redeye. That’s the same displacement but adds a supercharger for 797 horsepower, which is quite a bit more than the 475 horsepower it started with.

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Other modifications include a new stainless steel cat-back exhaust, custom 20x11-inch wheels, Pirelli P-Zero tires taken from a Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, and new springs that lower the overall ride height by 0.6-inches. It also comes with the Durango SRT’s big Brembo brakes.

via Dodge Garage

The Pursuit retains the police modifications, including a low-profile cop flasher on the roof and a speaker just behind the grille. It also wears a vaguely official-esque livery that pays tribute to the men and women in blue (although it seems a little more white than blue).

On the inside, the Durango ditches the second and third row in order to save weight and installs a roll cage in case the whole thing flips over on a race track. A set of racing seats with 5-point harnesses also improve driver survivability.

Dodge calls it “Speed Trap” as a sort of tongue-in-cheek nickname.

One Lap of America started last weekend and Speed Trap is currently in 21st place overall but first in the SUV/pickup class. We suspect that with 797 horses at its beck and call, Speed Trap will have no trouble beating out any other competitor in its class.

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