Even though it is new to the market, the Dodge Dart has already made its rally debut in the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship . For the 2013 racing season, this hopped-up Dart will once again return to the track with Travis Pastrana behind the wheel. Last year, the Dart scored its first victory in the fourth race of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Dodge hopes that the same success will also repeat this year and has sent two Dart racing cars in the competition. Unlike the standard Dart, the Dart Rallycross Car delivers a total of about 600 horsepower through an all-wheel-drive system. With the extra 416 horsepower, the new Dart Rallycross Car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 2 seconds.
The new Dodge Dart Rallycross Car will be driven in the season opener on April 21st in Brazil.
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The standard Dodge Dart comes with a choice of three different engines, including: a 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine with 160 horsepower, a 2.0-liter Tigershark engine with 160 horsepower and a 2.4-liter MultiAir Tigershark with an output of 184 horsepower.
The model is on sale at a starting price of $15,995.
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Shortly after its official debut, the Dart made its racing debut at the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship. GRC is a spin-off of the X Games rally races and was introduced in the United States in 2009.
Just like with the 2013 racing version, the 2012 model year was powered by a tuned version of the 2.4-liter MultiAir Tigershark engine. It delivered a total of 600 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque and managed to score its first victory in the fourth race of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, crossing the finish line 1.431 seconds ahead of Samuel Hubinette.
Dodge and SRT Motorsports today announced they’re teaming up with action sports legend Travis Pastrana again for a second season of competition in the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) Series.
Building on the strong relationship created last year, Pastrana Racing will now field two Dodge Dart race cars for 2013. Bryce Menzies will drive the second Dart. The duo will drive Red Bull / Discount Tire-sponsored Dodge Dart Rallycross cars in the season opener April 21 in Brazil.
"At Dodge, racing is an integral part of our heritage and embodies our competitive spirit, so we’re very excited to have Travis Pastrana back in the Dodge Dart for the 2013 season," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO - Dodge Brand. "With a 0-60 time of less than 2-seconds, the Global Rallycross series is the perfect platform to showcase the Dart and the Dodge brand’s passion for performance on and off the track."
Global Rallycross, a spin-off of the X Games rally races, was introduced in the United States in 2009 and combines the skill of rally racing with the excitement of X Games. The series features high-flying extreme competition between cars that are relevant to today’s youth.
One year ago, Pastrana piloted his Dodge Dart to victory in the fourth race of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, crossing the finish line 1.431 seconds ahead of Samuel Hubinette, a victory Pastrana called “bigger than you could ever imagine.” He finished 10th in the final series standings.
“Travis Pastrana exemplifies what action sports activities are all about and he fits perfectly with the Dodge brand and the SRT Motorsports team,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports. “There is no doubt that Travis’ personality and driving skills will continue to bring energy and excitement to this season.”
The series incorporates bumper-to-bumper competition among 600 horsepower All Wheel Drive vehicles. There are 70-foot jumps over racing traffic, creating a “motocross with cars” action.
Pastrana, 29, is a four-time Rally America Champion and 17-time X Games Gold Medalist. He also competed fulltime in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and owns multiple Supercross and Motocross championships plus Nitro Circus, an empire which includes a television show, live tours and film projects.