Hellcat What? Meet the 10,000-hp Version of the 2015 Dodge Charger

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    Hellcat What? Meet the 10,000-hp Version of the 2015 Dodge Charger
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    What’s technically “funny” but actually has zero sense of humor? This thing, the new 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car that was freshly unveiled by Mopar at the 2014 SEMA show. Okay, it’s a little funny looking, but don’t say that to its face.

    The 2015 Charger R/T Funny Car is the first collaboration between the production and racing engineers at Mopar, Dodge, and Don Schumacher Racing since the last Charger R/T Funny Car was introduced way back in 2006. The redesigned body is aesthetically a little more cab-rearward than before, and it uses Kevlar and carbon to increase strength and durability while reducing weight. Unless you’re an NHRA fan, you’re probably thinking: Does weight matter when you’ve got approximately 10,000 horsepower at your beck and call? Absolutely. When the difference between a win and a loss can come down to a single one-thousandth of a second, every gram counts. (These cars weigh about 2400 pounds, including the driver. Nice power-to-weight ratio, eh?)

    The red and black paint scheme is particularly sinister, although it’s unlikely that we’ll see it raced in that livery, at least not without a billion sponsor stickers plastered all over the thing. The side scallops are a new feature for the car, and we’re told they have a neutral effect on aero but do something for the body rigidity; just as important from a spectator standpoint, they help make it look more like the production 2015 Charger. Other Charger-isms include the front- and rear-end graphics, which are just as distinctive as those of the real car. And even the window line has that Charger kink.

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    Speaking of windows, the biggest improvement, according to DSR driver Matt Hagan, is outward vision. The greenhouse has been moved back toward the driver, resulting in 10 degrees of additional side view and twice as much upward visibility, thus providing a panoramic view of the world as its topographical features stretch into time-warp blur. “When I sat in it, my ‘lights’ time improved,” Hagan said of his reaction time to the drag-strip starting lights. “I really think it’s going to improve the driving ability of anyone fortunate enough to get behind the wheel. Making Friday-night qualifying runs with the new body is going to be so much fun.”

    The new design also optimizes clearances for injectors, blowers, and the engine itself, Dodge says, as well as offers increased downforce to keep the thing on the ground at the 300-plus mph that the car will regularly see in competition.

    The Charger R/T Funny Car has some fast shoes to fill, given that the last one earned 68 Funny Car event titles, was the first car to run the quarter in less than four seconds in 2011 (which it has done 10 more times since), and has seen 320 mph “many times,” according to Dodge. We will be watching to see if it indeed fills the footwear when it charges out to Pomona, California, for its racing debut next February at the 2015 Winternationals.

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    Cant wait to see it at the Winter Nationals. Should run great times if the weather holds out here in the Inland Empire.......Cool, High Pressure, and limited Humidity all the things a Super Charged Nitro Methane car needs to run great times.......As long as the Power Plant stays together......
     
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    Hey Hellcat.org senior, VIP, administrator and members in the know!!!!
    How about a contest for a ride down the track or a track day in the pits?
    Car & Driver or MOPAR magazines might even be persuaded to do an article benefitting all involved!
     
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    How about some " likes " for that idea!
     
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