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New Charger drag car

by David Zatz on

Dodge Charger NHRA car

While the Dodge Avenger drag cars have already been replaced by Darts in Pro Stock, those don’t quite match the muscle image of the 707 horsepower Dodge Charger Hellcat.  It comes as little surprise, then, that Mopar has unveiled its new Dodge Charger R/T for National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Fuel Funny Car competition.

Charger Funny Cars are driven by several drivers, including the Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car team of Matt Hagan (current points leader in the Funny Car championship race), Ron Capps, Jack Beckman, and Tommy Johnson Jr.

Hagan and Beckman drove Chargers to two World Championships, in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Jeff Arend drives the Grime Boss Charger for Jim Dunn Racing.

While the actual cars will runs the colors dictated by their sponsors, the new Charger on display at the SEMA show in Las Vegas features generic Mopar graphics including a Hemi 50th anniversary logo which presumably will last through the end of the year. The car is clearly called out as a Charger by the rear stabilizers, and as a Dodge by large graphics on sides of the hood.

For aerodynamic and weight reasons, the “grille” and lights, front and rear, exist only as images incorporated into the vehicle graphics.

The new Charger will make its official 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition debut at the season-opening Winternationals February 5-9 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.

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