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Does the Demon stop faster than the Camaro ZL1?

Critics of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon insist that it is nothing more than a drag car, and some claim that the smaller Brembo braking package will cause this supercharged Challenger to offer worse braking performance than the Hellcat cars.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon comes with 14.2 inch rotors and four-piston calipers up front, and 13.8 inch rotors and 4-piston calipers out back.

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More Waymo Pacificas; public to test

According to FCA US, Google subsidiary Waymo is buying 500 more Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, which seem to be replacing Lexus crossovers as the company’s “go to” vehicle. The original plan was for Waymo to buy 100 of the Chryslers.

Chrysler builds the minivans in Windsor, Ontario, then turns them over to Waymo for conversion to self-driving. The first members of the general public to experience the autonomous vans will be in Phoenix.

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leah Pritchett

Mopar magic strikes in Houston

Leah Pritchett scored her third Top Fuel Wally of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello drag racing season and Ron Capps pulled in the season’s fourth Funny Car win for Dodge.

The two Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers were the winners in the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, just east of Houston.

Pritchett tripped the timing lights 0.006 seconds ahead of Steve Torrence to take the Top Fuel win and recapture the top spot in the standings from DSR teammate Tony Schumacher.

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Who’s self-driving?

Automotive News used California’s permit process to discover who is testing self-driving cars in the state. FCA’s public policy on autonomous cars is to eventually work with suppliers, rather than to invest directly; for that reason, FCA has supplied minivans to Google. Engineers have learned what autonomous driving systems need from the car, and can built that into future products. Google itself is now running 24 Lexus hybrid crossovers and five Chrysler minivans in California alone.

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Virginia PDC

New Mopar distribution center

Earlier this week, FCA US opened a new Mopar parts distribution center in Winchester, Virginia. Spanning 400,000 square feet, the facility cost over $12 million, and will provide 70 jobs in two shifts as pickers handle over 50,000 different parts, serving around 200 dealerships — around 9.2 million parts per year.

Mopar chief Pietro Gorlier, UAW Chrysler chief Norwood Jewell, and various politicians appeared at the opening ceremony.

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FCA’s high school design contest

One week remains for high school students to send sketches in to the FCA US ‘’Drive for Design’’ contest, open to all U.S. students in grades 10-12. The goal is to design a 2047 Dodge; the deadline is April 28.

Now in its fifth year, the contest is judged by the FCA design team, EyesOn Design, and Lawrence Technological University; the latter has a $50,000 scholarship and two-week summer automotive design course for winners.

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