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.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette. The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission). Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight [...]
Dodge has released pricing for the full Charger lineup, starting with the V6/eight-speed Dodge Charger SE at $28,990 (all prices include $995 destination for the “49 states”). Charger was thoroughly renovated for the 2015 model year, with a new look, suspension and electronics revisions, a standard eight-speed automatic for ever engine, and other upgrades. The top Charger, the SRT Hellcat, has [...]
Allpar’s informal sources have agreed that there are plans for a new Dodge Viper ACR, debuting for the 2016 model year, possibly replacing the current TA (Time Attack) model. Artist suzq044 provided the following rendering, which uses SRT’s trademark black wheels and a Dodge concept-car semi-rendering. The Viper ACR may have a mild power boost, but will be mainly a suspension and/or airflow upgrade, to increase track [...]
Keeping a years-long tradition, Chrysler today released a number of “teaser images” for concepts to be revealed at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each brand is covered, though Chrysler has but one car — the 200S. That can be explained by the status of the brand’s three cars: the 2015 300 has yet to be launched, and the [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]