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 |  Jun 18 2011, 8:45 PM

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Currently up on eBay is Hubinette Racing’s / NuFormz Dodge Charger SRT8 originally built for the Formula Drift competition. And while it’s a truly formidable drift machine – it captured first place in Summit Point in 2007 – it’s more about owning a piece of history if you’re a a fan of the sideways sport. The reason? It was the first domestic four-door drift machine ever built, having spent the last couple of years sitting in the NHRA Museum after Sean Carlson’s untimely passing.

The only steel piece left on this car is the roof, while all the other panels have been swapped out for carbon fiber and fiberglass counterparts. It features a fully built 6.1L HEMI engine, naturally aspirated, though the exact specs of the powerplant were not mentioned in the auction. What is mentioned however is the extensive suspension and drivetrain modifications and the car currently sits on 18-inch Intro wheels.

The starting bid is currently at $39,000 and we certainly hope whoever does end up buying it takes it back out to compete.

[Source: eBay via Wrecked Magazine]

 |  Apr 14 2011, 7:27 AM

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Mopar’s newest offering will be limited to only 1,000 units and will feature a fine collection of Mopar parts to upgrade the already potent performance of the 2011 Dodge Charger. Equipped with the infamous 5.7-liter HEMI, the Charger will push out 370-hp and 395 ft-lbs, optimized by the Super Trac Pac option. The Super Trac Pac option aids in extracting the maximum amount of torque and engine power thanks to a specially calibrated engine controller.

Paired with a five-speed W5A580 automatic transmission, the Mopar Charger will feature the newest generation Pistol Grip shifter combined with Auto Stick. This will allow drivers to select a higher or lower gear without worrying about over-revving the motor. Unique to the Mopar Charger is a 3.91:1 final drive which enhances acceleration giving the Mopar Charger a 0-60 time in the low five-second range.

Suspension upgrades will also be included with a larger 30-mm stabilizer bar up front while the rear features a 20-mm bar (up from 27-mm and 16-mm respectively). Cross-car braces can also be seen in the front and the rear improving the overall stability and handling of the Charger.

On all four corners, 20×8-inch Envy wheels are paired with Goodyear’s F1 tires in a 245/45/20 sizing. The wheels are finished off with a high-gloss black theme which matches the Pitch Black finish of the Mopar Charger. Peeking behind each of the five-spoke wheels are dual-piston sliding calipers and upgraded rotors in the front while the rear is outfitted with single-piston calipers.

Along with the Pitch Black exterior finish is a pair of Mopar Blue racing stripes and a rear spoiler. Inside, Katzkin leather seats feature Mopar Blue stitching, which match the leather steering wheel as well.

As mentioned, only 1,000 units will be available (900 for the U.S., 100 for Canada) and will start at $39,750.

Presumably, this is one of two reveals Chrysler has announced for the 2011 New York Auto Show. Look for live photos from New York on April 20th and see the full preview and coverage page here.

GALLERY: 2011 Mopar Charger

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