Two 600 horsepower Dodge Dart rally cars were created to compete in the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) Series, driven by four-time Rally America Champion and 17-time X Games Gold Medalist Travis Pastrana. The 28 year old racer also owns Nitro Circus, which includes a television show and 3D feature film project. Pastrana is one of the most searched athletes in the world (6 million Google searches in 2010) and has more than 3.5 million Facebook followers.
“When I first heard about GRC, I was really interested, and after watching some of the rounds last year and then actually competing at X Games I was hooked!” said Pastrana. “Now to be able to partner with Dodge to field my own program this year is a dream come true. The new Dodge Dart offers the perfect platform for rally cross, and I look forward to putting it on the podium all season long!”
The Dart rally cars were custom-built for Global RallyCross racing. They are powered by specially built, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbo-charged 600-horsepower engines mated to Sedav 4-wheel drive gear boxes; the engines produce over 550 lb.-ft. of torque.
David Bailey, Senior Engineering Manager for SRT Motorsports, said, “The sport is extremely exciting and the on-track action can be brutal on the drivers and the cars. The cars are jumping higher than ever and landing safely. The zero to 60 mile-per-hour times are incredible, as low as 1.9 seconds.”
Global RallyCross is a spin-off of the X Games rally races, and has seven races events. The series begins May 26 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and concludes September 29 in Las Vegas. Also included are races at X Games scheduled for June 30-July 1 in Los Angeles. ESPN will broadcast live coverage of the entire 2012 race series.
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