This 2011 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is powered by a Viper’s 8.4-L V10 engine for a total of 650 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque.
To say this car is a drag racing monster is a bit of an understatement. Sure, more modern Challengers like the Hellcat and the Demon might have more power thanks to their supercharged V8 engines, but this car manages some impressively fast quarter-mile times without the benefit of forced induction.
How, you ask? Using the oldest trick in the book: throwing away everything that it doesn’t need.
Windshield wipers? Gone. Air-conditioning and heating? Who needs it. The wind is all the air-conditioning you’ll ever need. Rear seats? Tossed. Power steering? What power steering? This thing only goes in a straight line anyway.
Window glass has all been replaced with lightweight polycarbonate, while the front seats are racing-style light-weight buckets. All in all, this drops the Drak Pak Challenger’s weight down to 3,250 lbs, which is over 1,000 lbs lighter than a Hellcat and is all the more impressive when you consider that this thing has a much heavier V10 engine from a second-gen Viper.
Other upgrades include a 2-speed automatic transmission with built-in roll control, a Mopar solid rear axle, and a one-piece driveshaft. Goodyear Eagle drag radials adorn the rear wheels with slick rubber, and the whole thing is covered in unique graphics that honor a leading high-performance Dodge dealer, Norm Krais.
Norm got started with making high-performance Dodges back in '66 with the GSS 383 M-Code Dart at Grand Spaulding Dodge. From there, he just kept making super-fast, race-ready Dodge models every year. This car is specifically built to honor "Mr. Norm's" Super GSS with its own logo of a ram with a big V8 strapped to its backs and exhaust tubes for horns.
And best of all, you can own this car. Head on over to Worldwide Auctioneers and check out Lot 111. Don’t expect it to go cheap though--with only 70 Drag Pak models made in 2011, they’re all expected to appreciate in value. Also, keep in mind this car is definitely not road legal, so bring a trailer.