2009 Dodge Challenger SRT-8
Running in our power adder class, Jaime Thompson from Jacksonville, North Carolina, is married to another of this year's competitors who also ran in the power adder class. Jaime's '09 Challenger SRT-8 is modified with Brembo brakes and Hotchkiss suspension components, and still sports the factory Tor-red paint. The 6.1 Hemi in Jaime's car is modified with forged internals, cylinder head work, a custom HHP roller camshaft, and a Kenne Bell 2.8 liter twin-screw supercharger. Exhaust is expelled through Kooks headers and a Corsa exhaust, and the factory transmission is shifted with a Hurst short-throw shifter. This Challenger is Jaime's daily driver, but she's also earned the nickname of “Bikini Model Racer” as she is a professional model and loves taking her car down the track. On our chassis dyno Jaime's car made an impressive 541 horsepower at the rear wheels, besting her husband Jason's supercharged Dakota by a single horsepower for family bragging rights.
Jaime Thompson loves the powerful look of her bright red 2008 SRT-8 Challenger, and backs up the car’s good looks with plenty of late-model Hemi power. Jaime claims that racing cars is not only a sport for boys, and proved it by making 541 rear-wheel horsepower during our competition.
1967 Plymouth Barracuda
Matt Austin hails from Mason, Michigan, and brought one of this author's favorite Mopar body styles to the showdown, a '67 Barracuda fastback. Matt has owned this car for five years, modifying the small-block engine with a 4-inch stroke Eagle crankshaft and Keith Black forged pistons for a displacement of 414-inches. The factory “J” casting cylinder heads have been ported, polished and gasket matched, and the engine utilizes a Comp Cams hydraulic flat-tappet camshaft. Topped with an M1 single-plane intake and Davinci 750 cfm carbureotr, power is transferred to the rear wheels through a factory TorqueFlite transmission, 3,000 rpm stall converter, and 4.10 geared 83⁄4 rear end. On the dyno, this potent A-Body spun the rollers in our normally aspirated class to the tune of 314 horsepower, and has run a best quarter mile time of 12.59 seconds at 107 mph.
Matt Austin loves second generation Barracuda fastbacks, and this example is nicely modified with a 414-inch small-block and ported factory cast-iron cylinder heads. As a daily driver with 314 rear-wheel horsepower, we’re sure it’s a fun ride.
2003 Dodge Ram 1500
We had a good variety of Mopars in the inaugural chassis dyno contest, including some very nice early models, late models, and Ram trucks. Dave Belcarz from Flat Rock, Michigan, brought his '03 Hemi Ram 1500 to the Mopar Nationals this year, and decided it would be fun to see how his Mopar compared to the others in our contest. Equipped with the factory 5.7 Hemi, Dave has added short tube headers, Dynomax mufflers, and a cold air intake to his Dodge. Equipped with factory 3.92 gears, Dave's truck has run a best elapsed time of 14.79 seconds in the quarter mile. On the dyno, this Ram truck made 268 rear wheel horsepower. which is pretty respectable for a stock Dodge truck.
Dave Belcarz had all kinds of Mopars in the first annual AMSOIL/Mopar Muscle Numbers Don’t Lie Dyno Showdown, including a variety of Dodge trucks. This 2003 Ram 1500 owned by Dave Belcarz made 268 horsepower at the rear wheels, which is good for high 14 second quarter mile times.
The Mopar Nationals is the biggest Mopar only event in the country, and we made it even more spectacular by holding the first annual AMSOIL/Mopar Muscle Numbers Don't Lie Dyno Shootout right in the main alley of the midway between the staging lanes and bleachers. Since this year's contest was such a big hit, we plan to expand the shootout next year to include a power adder and normally aspirated class for street cars as well as a Diesel powered class, which will be judged on peak torque. And, for those who feel they have the baddest Mopar around, how about an Open Outlaw class, which will allow any Mopar car, truck, or racecar with no rules regarding tires or power adders, even multiple power adders. So start working on your combination for next year's Mopar Nationals, and be sure to send your application in early when they come out in the magazine and on our website.
There are a lot of reasons to enter the AMSOIL/Mopar Muscle Numbers Don’t Lie Dyno Showdown, including a goodie bag, event shirt, decals, and a trophy, jacket, and prize package for the winner of each class. And if that doesn’t entice you to enter, how about five gallons of free Rockett Brand fuel and the opportunity to see your car in the pages of Mopar Muscle magazine.