This Trans Am TA4 / NASA American Iron-Prepared Dodge Challenger SRT-8 Is Absolutely Lust-Worthy!


This Trans Am TA4 / NASA American Iron-Prepared Dodge Challenger SRT-8 Is Absolutely Lust-Worthy!

The Trans-Am race cars of 1970 were royalty, and that statement holds up when you look at the values of each version of the Over 2-Liter class. Ford Mustang Boss 302, American Motors Javelin, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Pontiac Trans Am, Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda and the Dodge Challenger T/A rounded out the field. If you can’t find one you wouldn’t want to take home…well, we’ve got nothing to offer you. These weren’t silhouette¬†race cars, these were highly modified production vehicles that had all the detail and attention that a race car has to receive in order to be competitive.

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With as little focus as there is on it, you’d be amazed to know that Trans Am racing is still a thing, and it’s divided up into different categories, like sports car racing. The class that best represents what the Trans Am racing of yore looked like is TA4, which is a modified production Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro or Dodge Challenger that is set up to mimic NASA American Iron rules, which puts all cars on an even playing field based mostly upon power-to-weight. So what does that mean for a modern Dodge Challenger SRT-8?

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From the listing:

Basic Overview:
– 6.4l Hemi, made over 450whp on 91 octane with extremely conservative production based calibration, very reliable engine. 400hp American Iron tune also supplied.
– TR6060 transmission, 3.90 ratio limited slip
– Front/Rear Brembo fixed calipers, Stoptech 355mm 2pc floating front rotors, 350mm 1pc rear
– Custom 8 point rollcage, FIA containment seat, 6pt harness, fire suppression system, etc. all built to, and passed NASA and SCCA Pro tech.
– Bracing and welding done in areas of significance or where it was known to be needed in these cars
– Front independent 4-link, and rear independent 5-link suspensions tuned for proper kinematics/compliance and balance with spherical bearings in key joints, custom coil-over mounting system with custom valved Bilstein dampers, 4 wheel adjustable coil spring seats, and 3-way adjustable front and rear stabilizer bars.
– Very effective aero package with custom designed and fabricated hood vents, front splitter, wheel arch flares, angled and ducted radiator, and adjustable rear wing
– 18×10.5 lightweight custom machined Enkei wheels and 315/30R18 Hoosier R7’s front and rear (TA4) and 18×9.5 custom Enkei’s with 275/35R18 Toyo RR’s (American Iron)
– Weight is currently at 3468lbs with 1/8 tank of fuel (impressive considering the production starting weight of 4200lbs!) but no excessive hacking and nothing exotic has been done to get there so more weight savings opportunity is still on the table if so desired.

No, those aren’t Powerball tickets on my desk. They’re…uh…receipts. Yeah, that’s it. Receipts.

eBay Link: 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT-8, TA4/American Iron Legal

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