Sure the new Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro seem to be hogging up a lot of the spotlight, but let’s not forget about the new-body Dodge Challenger. We ran across this 9-second Dodge Challenger SRT8 on Jon Sibal’s Blog, with Jon recently taking an interest in the car due to a Challenger build he’s currently working on. This one really caught our eye, hitting the track with 9-second time slips and finding its way home the same way it came – without a trailer.
Mr. Norm’s Garage has a tradition of building a series of “legends” cars for the Challenger with each one having its own focus for a theme. This Legend X Challenger was to be a quarter-mile bruiser without sacrificing any of the daily driving amenities we all crave. Starting with the 6.1L HEMI engine, Mr. Norm’s Garage went to work overhauling it with a 2.8H Kennel Bell twin-screw supercharger, Dana rear-end, mini tubes to accept 13-inch slicks, 426 HEMI heads, cams, etc. Basically a complete overhaul of the powerplant and the vehicle from bumper to bumper to be a heavy-horsepower straight-line bullet, all tuned by MPH.
And a bullet it is, pushing out over 1,100-hp and tripping the lights at the end of the quarter mile at 9.574 @ 143.46mph. This was last year at the 2009 Mopar Nationals and as far as we know it still holds the record as the fastest modern Challenger and fastest LX platform (300C, Challenger, Charger) car. It will be interesting to see how well this Challenger does on its next time out on the track. Perhaps 8s isn’t too far away for this legend!
Check out the video of the 9-second pass after the jump:
GALLERY: Mr. Norm’s Legend X Challenger
[Source: Jon Sibal’s Blog]