Las Vegas — – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV unveiled a new drag racing car Tuesday afternoon at the 2014 SEMA Show.
The 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car features an enhanced exterior design that is more in line with the new look of the production four-door sedan that was unveiled earlier this year.
Mopar President and CEO Pietro Gorlier said designers used the same production-based technology and tools applied to the street vehicle for the new carbon fiber car, which can travel 320 miles per hour.
“The process of designing and building this new race car has been a true collaborative effort between our own engineering team and Don Schumacher Racing, and we are very excited with what we have brought to fruition,” Gorlier said.
The new design is stronger and lighter with no loss in aerodynamic performance compared to the current race vehicle, according Mark Trostle, head of design for SRT, Mopar and Motorsports.
Trostle said the vehicle is “all about function,” but it also has to look good because customers relate to the vehicles on the track.
The new dragster replaces the current Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car that was introduced in 2006 and to date has won two consecutive NHRA Funny Car World Championships with Matt Hagan in 2011 and Jack Beckman in 2012. It is scheduled to make its official on-track National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series debut in Funny Car competition at the 2015 season-opening Winter nationals event in February at Auto Club Raceway in California.
The 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car is in addition to FCA featuring new Dodge performance cars and 14 custom vehicles at the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s annual event running Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas. Featured custom vehicles at the show include 11 all-new vehicles and three Jeep concepts from its annual Moab off-roading event.
Mopar, introduced in 1937 as a combination of motor and parts, distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in more than 130 countries.
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