Forget spending hours in the garage welding an old, rusty chassis to build the muscle car of your dreams: Dodge will now sell you a full carbon case for the 1970 Charger, and will be the next Plymouth Barracuda and Road Runner in the composite treatment line.
Fully licensed bodies come from Finale Speed, are built to OEM chassis specifications, and are available through Dodge’s newly expanded Direct Connect Performance Parts Program. Dodge enthusiasts wanting to add some carbon to their modern-day powerhouses can get their hands on a rear spoiler, front splitter, rocker panels and rear splitter for the current Challenger thanks to a collaboration between Dodge and Speedcore.
Meanwhile, Challenger owners whose driving skills are somewhat less impressive than their cars’ performance will be cruising into parking lots across the country in celebration that Dodge will now sell them a steel frame replacement for just $7,995, another addition to the Direct portfolio. Connection. The Challenger Convertible’s body is available in white with a standard e-coat ready to paint, or optionally finished in a selection of exterior colors, and is aimed at racers looking to build a competition car.
More serious racers may also want to consider the Rolling Drag Pak chassis that is designed as a building block for a complete straight line for the National Hot Rods Association (NHRA). The rolling chassis features an NHRA-approved TIG welded coil-cage, four-link rear suspension, Bilstein adjustable shocks, a 9-inch Strange Pro rear axle, Strange Pro Series II brakes, and lightweight Weld Beadlock wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson rubber.
A rolling Drag Pak chassis will cost you $89,999, but the cost certainly doesn’t end there. Dodge leaves the engine bay empty so customers can decide on engine and transmission specs, and if you’re planning on taking some prizes, you’ll need to put aside serious money for a serious powertrain.
Dodge can also provide plenty of powertrains for your other projects, including a plug-and-play TorqueFlite 8HP70 transmission for use with box engines, 2.7 and 3.0L supercharger kits, and American Racing Headers 304 stainless steel tubes for the Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Durango. We’ll find out more about the availability and pricing of the latest Direct Connection products at the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November.