When Brad Keselowski won the Sprint Cup on Sunday, it capped a winning season for Dodge and Ram in North American Motorsports. All in all, drivers of Mopar- and SRT-supported vehicles claimed six outright championships as well as several top-five finishes.
In NASCAR-sanctioned events, there were two champions: Keselowski and D.J. Kennington, who was the season champ in the Canadian Tire Series. Sam Hornish Jr. finished fourth in the Nationwide Series, a big improvement from his 23rd-place ranking last year, and Alex Bowman and his St. Jude Hospital Dodge Charger finished fourth in the ARCA presented by Menard’s stock car series. Also of note was rookie Ryan Blaney, who came up from ARCA to deliver Ram’s first victory in the Camping World Truck Series.
Looking at NHRA professional drag racing, Allen Johnson and Jack Beckman are the 2012 world champions in Pro Stock and Funny Car, respectively. It was the second consecutive win for Dodge in Funny Car. Ron Capps, driver of the NAPA Dodge Charger, was the runner-up in Funny Car and Vincent Nobile was third in Pro Stock. Johnson has a career-best seven wins in the 2012 Full Throttle season, the most of any driver. Ron Capps set a national speed record in Funny Car. Three Charger drivers earned a spot in the Funny Car Countdown to the Championship; four Avenger drivers did the same in Pro Stock.
Ram drivers took two out of three top spots in The Off Road Championships. Ricky Johnson was the winner in PRO 4X4 while Bryce Menzies took the honors in PRO 2WD. The team of Rob MacCachren and Andrew Caddell was the runners-up in PRO 2WD. Caddell was close to the third championship in PRO Lite, but had to settle for runner-up.
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]