Modern Street Hemi Shootout 2020 Season Update

The early stages of the 2020 Modern Street Hemi Shootout schedule have been ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many drag strips around the country were forced to close to delay the start of their 2020 racing season and unfortunately, that includes several of the tracks where the MSHS was scheduled to run over the course of the past few months. As a result, series boss Dan VanHorn has been forced to make several changes to the schedule going forward and since so many racers are itching to hit the track,

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Dodge Challenger T/A born 51 years ago today, with a memo

Today marks the birthday of the Dodge Challenger T/A, as measured from its conception in Product Planning Letter #A340, dated May 13, 1969.

The goal was to “create a modified Challenger which will be merchandised as a ‘Trans-Am’ package.” The mandatory options would include heavy duty suspension, power disc brakes, Sure-Grip axle, and special-build 340 cubic inch  V8, with optional 440 Six-Pack and Hemi engines.

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Winners, FCA restart, losing $1.8 billion, Chevy’s TRX and Ford’s hybrid truck

Last week, FCA announced that it had lost $1.8 billion over the last quarter, a bit less than Ford’s $2 billion loss. GM, somehow, managed to declare a profit.  All three companies have opened up new lines of credit; GM in particular has been stashing away cash as though there might be no tomorrow, desperate to avoid another bailout. Electric car maker Rivian actually gave money back to the city of Normal,

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FCA trademark filing rekindles Dakota return rumors

It seems like we have been talking about the return of the Dodge Dakota midsized pickup since it was discontinued after the 2011 model year. Shortly after production of the third generation Dakota – sold from 2009 through 2011 as a Ram model rather than a Dodge – there were rumors that FCA was working on a replacement. Unfortunately, those rumors were followed by reports that the Dakota replacement project had been “shelved”,

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Is a Barracuda still on?

As the world grips both recession and pandemic, it seems insane that FCA would be working on a new Barracuda coupe, to compete better against the 6,000-US-sales-per-month Mustang and 4,000-sales-per-month Camaro. But the rumors are flying, and maybe they’re even true.

A Barracuda, basically a lightweight version of the Challenger, would be closer in size to the Alfa Romeo Giulia than today’s big Charger-based coupes. The base power would almost certainly come from a four-cylinder,

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Hemi Day: links, pics, and a book discount

On 4-26 each year, we celebrate Hemi Day—remembering the legendary 426 Hemi engine, rated at 425 horsepower in street form. The “elephant engine” dominated street and strip alike for many years; and Mopar has developed crate engines for racers and people who just want to retrofit their vintage muscle.

Allpar has numerous pages devoted to the 426 Hemi, but before we send you off down those links,

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A Future Mid-Engine Viper with Hellcat Power: Yay or Nay?

There is very little going on in the automotive world and social media is packed full of negativity, so today, we thought that we would discuss the future of the Dodge Viper. The legendary Mopar supercar officially left the lineup in 2017 and since then, there has been no word on a return. However, as was the case when the Viper went out of production back in 2010, fans of the brand continue to dream about what might be coming next.

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Big reverse recall for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram

FCA is recalling a wide range of 2019 and 2020 vehicles with the big 8.4 inch or 12 inch displays, because a software error can show the rearview camera image after the vehicle is shifted back into Drive. This can distract the driver and, theoretically, contribute to a crash.

The solution, not surprisingly, is to update the software. 318,537 vehicles in the US, and a certain number (we estimate roughly 50,000) elsewhere,

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