Dodge grabbed headlines with its 10-second-ready Challenger SRT Demon in 2017 when it debuted at the New York auto show -- and rightfully so, the Demon was one of the coolest cars to roll out of a Dodge factory last year. Though, if you’re really trying to race, the Demon isn’t your Dodge of choice. No, that’d fall to Dodge’s purpose-built drag racer, the Challenger Drag Pak.

The Drag Pak isn’t exactly new -- it’s been around since about 2009 -- but it finally has taken top honors in its special NHRA class called Factory Stock. The class harkens back to the early days of NHRA’s Super Stock class and requires the cars to be, effectively, factory stock. That means this Challenger, and the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet and Chevrolet Copo Camaro, are stock race cars.

This particular Challenger is raced by NHRA Top Fuel pilot Leah Pritchett -- probably a refreshingly scenic trip down the asphalt aisle compared to her 11,000-hp Top Fuel Dragster -- and helped her win last year’s Factory Stock championship. It’s also, according to Pritchett, the very first Drag Pak Challenger, which means it’s been updated to share the same appearance as the current model year Challenger.

Now, there are some distinct differences from the rest of the Challenger lineup even when comparing it to the Demon. The Drag Pak cars use a GM transmission, mostly because of its aftermarket support in the drag-racing world. It also uses a live rear axle, as opposed to the Challenger’s independent rear. The interior also has some minor alterations to make it ready to race, like a 10-point cage, extra gauges and a switch panel to control different functions.

As for what is stock, you can check that out in the video above.

Source: Autoweek

December 3, 2018