Dodge has already unleashed an 840-hp, rear-wheel-drive muscle car onto public roads, but at least it’s offering owners a no-cost way of learning how to manage all that power. Dodge SRT is starting up a new drag-racing course at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving that is included with the purchase of any Challenger SRT Demon. Taking place at Bondurant’s official NHRA drag strip at its HQ in Chandler, Arizona, the one-day class will also be available as an upgrade on top of the general high-performance driving class that Dodge already offers for buyers of other SRT models.The day starts off with classroom instruction surveying some drag-racing fundamentals including launch, staging, reaction time, signals, and all sorts of safety checks. Then participants are let loose on the drag strip in a variety of Challenger models, including the 485-hp Challenger SRT 392, the 707-hp Hellcat, and, of course, the big kahuna that is the 840-hp, drag-optimized … [Read more...] about Closed Course, Do Attempt: Dodge Demon Owners Now Get Free Drag-Racing School
The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is built with the drag strip in mind. That said, it can be a little intimidating getting behind the wheel of an 840-horsepower monster with front-wheel lift and aim it down a thin strip of pavement. Now, though, Dodge Demon owners can get professional training from a new drag racing course through the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.The course is for free to Demon owners, and it includes a day of instruction at the drag strip. SRT owners (who already get a free day of training) can upgrade to a two-day course for $999, with a day on the drag strip and a day on a road course. If you don't own a Dodge, you can purchase the Dodge SRT Bondurant Drag Racing School course for $1,999, and learn to drag race in a Challenger SRT Demon, SRT Hellcat, Hellcat Widebody and SRT 392. "With great power comes responsibility," says FCA Head of Passenger Cars Tim Kuniskis, "so we want our enthusiasts to respect the full capability of their machines. … [Read more...] about Learn to drag race a Dodge Demon with Bob Bondurant Racing School
Bill Marsh Chrysler in Traverse City, Michigan, will sell a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon for a dollar less than its $86,090 sticker price on Wednesday, Jan. 10. The catch? You'll have to bid for the opportunity to buy it for that price -- but in this case, it's for charity, so everyone wins. The auction starts at 6 p.m.“This is a car that, in the open market, would go for many thousands above sticker price,” says Bill Marsh Jr. “We’re taking the excitement and attention being generated by this rare and special car and turning it into a fun event that benefits our community.”Proceeds from the auction will go to Father Fred Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan, Toys for Tots and the T.C. Patriot Game.Bidders have to be repeat Bill Marsh customers, so get down there and purchase three cars, pronto. For more info, go to the event's Facebook page here. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon first drag: We wreck the quarter-mile in … [Read more...] about Get this 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon under MSRP and get a charity tax break
Transport yourself back decades to a Saturday matinee with a dim room on the screen. A single bulb lights the dark corner of a dismal laboratory as a mad scientist analyzes the sum of parts laid out on a table. Much like this lab, walking into the confines of Wilson & Steely Kustom Coachworks months ago, a similar scene was laid out in the scarcely lit corner of the former Hudson dealership in Athol, Massachusetts. There it was, the shape of a 1932 Dodge coupe body, immediately recognizable in bare metal perched atop a mountainous chassis looking like it was ready to take on the end of days.Shop co-owner Steve Wilson explained to us what led him to create such a radical hot rod for longtime client Phil Cercone of Walpole. Wilson actually found the Dodge lurking in the basement of a dilapidated house waiting to be torn down. Strangely enough, the coupe had seen plenty of hot rod duties on the streets of nearby Orange in the early ’60s. This just so happened to coincide with … [Read more...] about This ’32 Dodge Is Both Street Rod & Off-Road Pre-Runner!
Long after sundown, on a quiet stretch of I-65 an hour or so north of Nashville, an RX-8 materializes in the rearview mirror. The guy wants to race. No real surprise there. It’s the kind of thing you come to expect when you’re driving a Viper. More so when that Viper is the street-legal race version, the ACR, what with its towering rear wing, ground-scraping front aero, semi-slick tires and particular brand of large-displacement attitude.By design, any Viper makes a very unsubtle statement—one which must from time to time be backed up with action, if only to uphold the reputation of the good people back in Detroit who hand-built the thing.The Mazda is decidedly nonstock; its rotary wails and its tailpipes spit flames. But even before I drop to third gear, wind up the V10 and punch a Viper-size hole in the darkness, its driver has to know there is no way in hell he has the faster car. No, he just wants to see what the Dodge can do.There are two kinds of people out … [Read more...] about Saying goodbye to the Dodge Viper with a V10-powered road trip