Four generations of Challenger Drag Pak. Four. It’s amazing that FCA has stuck with the limited-edition drag machine, but at SEMA 2019, they rolled out the newest form of the professional’s coupe to pick up. While they are hoping most of your attention is focused on the retro-tinged paint job, it’s the hardware we are concerned with. As with all Drag Pak cars, they start out as body-in-white units that get an SFI-spec rollcage good to 7.50 in the quarter before getting a new Strange rear axle assembly that runs adjustable coil-over shocks, a four-link with a wishbone and an anti-roll bar. Wheelie bars and the parachute mount are standard items on the Drag Pak, which is probably a good thing…especially if you’ve ever seen the footage of Rutledge Wood pointing the headlights at the sky in one a few years back.
A Drag Pak-unique engine crossmember lowers the center of gravity, and Bilstein double-adjustable shocks handle the bounces that the 354 cubic inch mill is likely to incur. Transmission is a T400 automatic with a Kwik-Shift manual shifter. A Racepak Smartwire fully programmable power distribution center handles the sparky stuff, Drag Paks get their own exclusive wheel and tire package and racing brakes, natch.
The only other change for the 2020 Drag Pak is the switch to Hellcat body panels for extra heat extraction. Otherwise, this is the same beast that Ma Mopar has been selling to hot shoes for years now. If you want to be one of the fifty for this year’s coming allotment, you’d better get moving.