A new NHRA Funny Car version of the Dodge Charger Hellcat will soon make its debut at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, July 20-22.
The drag racer (sort of) takes after the production 707 HP Dodge Charger Hellcat, featuring a new front splitter (for added downforce), deeper body side scallops (mitigating body burn) and a more efficient way to release energy, utilizing a burst panel positioned above the engine compartment.
“Our job at Mopar is to put the best race car underneath our drivers and keep them winning. We know this new body, developed in collaboration with the Dodge//SRT brand and Don Schumacher Racing, will do just that,” stated Mopar exec, Pietro Gorlier. “The changes made to this new Funny Car body will improve on-track performance and help us carry on the Mopar brand’s long tradition of success at the dragstrip.”
Designers used the Charger SRT Hellcat as a template to also create unique vehicle graphics. For example, the front end graphics are meant to recreate the Hellcat’s grille and badging, while the decal markers represent the air extractors and hood scoop of the production car.
“We are really excited to run the new Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat body in competition, both in qualifying and the race itself at Denver,” said DSR team owner Don Schumacher. “It’s been a great project, working together with Mopar, Dodge//SRT, DSR and DSM to get the whole project finished and done in this period of time. We are really looking forward to how it’s going to change our program.”
This new Hellcat Funny Car body replaces the current generation Mopar Dodge Charger R/T race car, which has amassed 50 wins to date, including 42 runner-up finishes and 40 No.1 qualifier spots.