DENVER – A new, Mopar-powered National Hot Rod Ass’n Funny Car version of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has been let loose and is coming soon to a drag strip near you.
The new 2019 Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car body will make its competition debut this weekend at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, July 20-22.
The Mopar and Dodge/SRT brands will show the new body for the first time Thursday afternoon during a pre-race press conference.
“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,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “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.”
“The Dodge/SRT brand is all about performance, and the introduction of the Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car body showcases our commitment to performance and excellence at the dragstrip,” added Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge/SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “We are looking forward to celebrating our brand’s first year as title sponsor of the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar by treating fans to the competition debut of the new Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car.”
Hagan will be the first to harness the new 10,000-plus horsepower beast. The two-time Funny Car World champion will debut his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar.
Hagan’s DSR teammates – Jack Beckman, Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. – will make the transition to the new Funny Car body later in the 2018 season.
“This new Funny Car body is something that Mopar and Dodge/SRT have put a lot of work and support behind, from R&D to wind tunnel testing,” said Hagan, who has spent all ten years of his drag racing career behind the wheel of a Mopar-powered Dodge Charger. “We improved on the body design. It was already a great design, a great body. But now, we’re going to have a little more downforce, a little more traction on these racetracks, and it will be a huge performance advantage. We will be able to press harder, with more downforce on the nose, which translates into huge amounts of downforce on the run.”
The new body features major design changes in three key areas: the front end, bodysides and burst panel placement.
At the front, the shape of the nose has been tweaked, and a new splitter, built of carbon fiber and Kevlar, like the rest of the Funny Car body, has been added. The splitter substantially mimics the look and shape of the production vehicle’s splitter, while generating greater downforce to help plant the Funny Car to the track.
The bodyside scallops have been redesigned to more closely identify with the production Hellcat, while also enhancing on-track function and performance. The deeper character lines provide greater visual ties to the street version of the Hellcat, while also helping to mitigate the “body burn” common on all Funny Cars due to the close positioning of the exhaust headers.