Looking to make a connection with the Gen Y crowd, Dodge has announced that the new 2013 Dart compact car will compete in this year’s Global RallyCross series. Looking for success, Dodge has hired on four-time Rally America Champion Travis Pastrana, who also just so happens to have 17 gold medals at the X Games.
Stacking the deck further in their favor, Dodge has built a custom Dart, using all-wheel drive rather than the street car’s front-drive setup and has also upped the horsepower considerably. Using a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, Dodge says the Dart race car is capable of 600 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque.
“At Dodge, racing is an integral part of our heritage and embodies our competitive spirit, so we’re very excited to announce the next chapter in racing for Dodge with our all-new Dodge Dart,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO of Dodge. “The new Dart Global RallyCross Championship car with 600 horsepower and driver Travis Pastrana takes our passion for performance to all new heights.”
Said Pastrana; “The new Dodge Dart offers the perfect platform for rally cross, and I look forward to putting it on the podium all season long!”
An off-shoot of the X Games, Global RallyCross combines rally racing with motocross, with cars capable of hitting 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds and jumps of 70 feet (over other race traffic below).
The series starts May 26 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a total of seven races for the season including two at the X Games. The entire series will air on ESPN.
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