The Dodge Dart Rally Car
Dodge and SRT Motorsports announced that a 600-horsepower Dodge Dart rally car will compete in the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) Series.
At the wheel will be by four-time Rally America Champion and 17-time X Games Gold Medalist Travis Pastrana. A four-time Rally America champion and owner of multiple supercross and motorcross championships, the 28 year old racer also owns Nitro Circus, which includes a television show, live tours, and 3D feature film project. Pastrana is one of the most searched athletes in the world (6 million Google searches in 2010) and he has more than 3.5 million Facebook followers.
“When I first heard about GRC, I was really interested, and after watching some of the rounds last year and then actually competing at X Games I was hooked!” said Pastrana. “Now to be able to partner with Dodge to field my own program this year is a dream come true. The new Dodge Dart offers the perfect platform for rally cross, and I look forward to putting it on the podium all season long!”
The Dart rally car is custom-built for Global RallyCross racing. Powered by a specially built, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbo-charged 600-horsepower engine mated to a Sedav 4-wheel drive gear box that puts out more than 550 lb.-ft. of torque.
David Bailey, Senior Engineering Manager for SRT Motorsports, knows the new Dodge Dart rally car is equipped to handle the intense racing conditions. “The sport is extremely exciting and the on-track action can be brutal on the drivers and the cars. The cars are jumping higher than ever and landing safely. The Dart rally car is lightweight with a very powerful motor. The zero to 60 mile-per-hour times are incredible, as low as 1.9 seconds, so with Travis behind the wheel, we can’t wait for the season opener.”
Now in its second season, Global RallyCross is a spin-off of the X Games rally races. The series consists of seven races events on closed-course rally tracks and incorporates bumper-to-bumper, high-flying extreme competition.
The series begins May 26 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and concludes September 29 in Las Vegas. Also included are races at X Games scheduled for June 30-July 1 in Los Angeles. ESPN will broadcast live coverage of the entire 2012 race series.