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You could say that the driver of the Ferrari 458 Italia was a little too eager in making his rival Dodge Viper eat his dust. You could even say that his heart was a racing a little and the adrenaline got the better of him. But to start a drag race like this with so many people watching? A little embarrassing, if you ask us.

Watch the video and you’ll see the Italian supercar and the American sports car in a nice and friendly quarter-mile race. Everything looks ready to roll except that when the light turned green, the 458 Italia went backwards. As in reverse. As in ’oops’.

The driver’s brainfart caused him to shift his car’s dual clutch auto transmission into reverse, which would have probably been more understandable if he wasn’t sitting behind the wheel of a 458 Italia.

But a car of that stature to start a drag race in backwards fashion is just well beyond humiliating.

Check out the video and watch the drag race folly at the 0:39 mark.

Source: YouTube

The Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is back again this year, and this time it’s getting even more advanced technologies to go with that monstrous 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine. It’s easy to forget about all of the features of the rear-wheel drive muscle car when you have 470 HP and 470 lb-ft of torque coursing through your ride, but Chrysler is revamping the SRT8 392 so that customers will still get 23 mpg, along with a revised suspension system and shift controls from the Charger SRT8.

The new two-mode adaptive damping suspension system offers selectable suspension tuning with choices for "Auto" and "Sport" styles. Each option will automatically adapt to road and driver inputs for optimal vehicle control, while the performance SRT-tuned, fully-hydraulic steering system gives drivers more direct response and on-center feel.

The 2012 Challenger SRT8 392 also welcomes a new, exclusive SRT heated steering wheel with mounted paddle shifters and a new 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with innovative GreenEdge technology.

UPDATE 08/01/2011: The Smoking Tire’s, Matt Farah, spent some time frying the tires off a blue Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 with white stripes! Check out the burnout after the jump!

Hit the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392.

Chrysler may be about ready to unveil the new generation Dodge Viper, but the company isn’t finished with the current generation just yet. Apparently, Chrysler wants to make history by breaking as many records as they possibly can with the Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR revealed just a few months ago.

A few months ago, the Viper SRT-10 ACR became the fastest production car at Miller Motorsports Park and had already sealed the deal with the fastest lap time in the Nurburgring back in 2008. Now the car is preparing to start an intense attack across the country to stake claim as the fastest production car on as much legendary courses as possible.

The tour is called the Viper Record Tour ’11 and features stops at the Monticello Motor Club, Sebring International Raceway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, and even the Nürburgring Nordschleife where Dodge hopes it will break the Viper’s own 7:22.1 lap time.

The driver for the tour has yet to be announced, but rumors are suggesting that Kumo Wittmer — the driver who set the production car lap record at Miller Motorsports Park with an ACR - will be one of the drivers sitting behind the wheel.

To say we’re excited about Chrysler’s plan of action would be an understatement, so stay tuned and hear all about the Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR’s success - or lack thereof!

Source: MotorTrend

There are times in our lives when all we need is a quick timeout in order to get our stuff together and have the ability to move forward. The Dodge Viper is doing just that and when it makes its grand return, it may extend further than the general market. Chrysler is currently weighing its options to decide if the next generation Dodge Viper should return to the LeMans series.

The original Viper GTS-R was unveiled by Chrysler at the 1995 Pebble Beach Concours and managed to secure the number one position in many events, including the 1998, 1999, and 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans series, as well as many championships in the FIA GT Championship and a couple in the American LeMans series. With such a high rate of success, it seems crazy for Chrysler to not partake in these same events with its bigger and better Viper and we don’t think we’ll have to question their sanity for long. The company has already begun the process for building a race-spec version of the next generation Viper for the LeMans series. The new model will be prepared by Riley Technologies, which has produced the title-winning Grand-Am chassis for the past eight years. Once complete, the racing Viper will have to take on models like the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R , the BMW M3 GT2 , and the Ferrari 458 GTC .

Chrysler’s motorsport manager Gary Johnson said: "We are investigating some things and seeing what is out there, although no decision has been made yet. We have to be very careful about what we do."

Source: Autosport

To anybody who’s ever thought that Utah was a boring state, you may want to retract it after watching this video.

This, dear folks, is a Dodge Charger patrol car. But while most police vehicles of this stature are already more powerful than their standard variants, this particular Charger patrol car is unlike any of its brethren either. Why, you ask? Because it has an output of 900 horsepower.

In a world of don’t-ask-don’t-tell, we’ll spare the questions of why the Utah Highway Patrol has a car this powerful in the first place. What’s important to us is that this Dodge Charger is absolutely and insanely packed with ponies. And as the video will show you, it can do a pretty mean burnout, too. On top of that, it was done for the Coats for Kids charity event, which makes sense because charity benefits like this could always use a spectacle that includes a 900-horsepower burnout from, of all things, a highway patrol car.

Source: You Tube

Dodge has arrived at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show packed full of yummy offerings for our insatiable appetite. The second model to debut - after the Green With Envy Challenger - is the new 2012 Charger SRT8, and yeah, its got a HEMI. In fact, it has a 6.4L V8 HEMI that delivers a total of 465 HP and 465 lb.-ft. of torque allowing it to make the 0-60mph sprint in just four seconds with a top speed of 175mph. Sales will begin later this year.

"We’re continuing the fast-paced rebuilding of Dodge as our performance brand, and the expansion of our SRT SRT product lineup in 2012 is an important part of our rejuvenation," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Dodge Brand — Chrysler Group LLCs. "The new 2012 Dodge Charger Dodge Charger SRT8 builds on the iconic four-door fastback coupe design of the all-new Charger and adds a much larger power band across the rpm range, along with intelligent performance attributes and safety and creature comforts for customers who are passionate about performance driving."

UPDATE 06/16/2011: When the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 goes on sale in the next months, it will be offered with quite an impressive list of features, including a two-mode active dampening suspension, a sport mode for the transmission, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision mitigation. Other technical goodies comprise of a remote USB port, satellite traffic, remote gas-cap release, and a black/red interior
Check out the full list after the jump.(Allpar)

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8.

The NBA Finals are HEATing up and every Miami fan is eagerly awaiting their opportunity to watch the action court-side. Of course, not many fans will have the chance to do so, but thanks to Udonis Haslem, power forward for the Miami Heat, one lucky fan will get the chance to take home a memorable keepsake. No, we’re not talking about a signed basketball or jersey, but Haslem’s very own black 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 . His personal Challenger is currently on sale on eBay for a reasonable $37,990.

Haslem’s Dodge Challenger is painted in all black with a full black leather interior. It sits on 24" alloy performance wheels with carbon fiber overlays which are then wrapped in Pirelli tires. Other features include remote start system, a dual rear exhaust with dual bright exhaust tips, an Anti-spin rear differential, a rear stabilizer bar, 4-wheel anti-lock performance disc brakes, and a performance tuned power rack & pinion steering. Under the hood is Dodge’s 6,059 cc HEMI V8 gasoline engine producing 425 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 420 lb-ft at 4800 rpm. It is mated to an Autostick automatic transmission.

Source: eBay

NASCAR fans are very familiar with the name Kurt Busch, but the American NASCAR and NHRA driver has a lot more to offer then just being the leader in several races in the past few years. This third-generation race car driver is also head of the Kurt Busch Foundation, which is currently raffling off a one off 2011 Charger R/T . There are only 5,000 tickets available, each priced at $100 and all proceeds will be used to support health care, education, career training, and the rehabilitation of individuals.

This is no ordinaryDodge Charger , though. This special edition is covered in a distinctive Redline Red color with door scoops inspired right from the 1970 Charger R/T. Other features include a special rear spoiler and front fascia, black chrome 20" wheels and a special Mopar Performance lowering kit. The 370 horsepower 5.7L HEMI V8 will simply purr using the new Mopar Cat-Back exhaust system. The interior will get Mopar Katzkin leather on the high-bucket seats featuring Busch’s signature and number.

"This is one fabulous Dodge," said Kurt. "I’m delighted with what Dodge and Mopar have done and how they’ve helped the Foundation. They’ve done a stand-out job on this car. Someone is going to be very happy driving this amazing Dodge around town."

If anyone is interested in helping out a good cause and getting a chance to win this special edition Dodge Charger R/t then head on over to www.kurtbusch.com and buy your tickets now!

There was a time when math was done with with just a pencil and paper and novels were created on a typewriter. Those things seem completely outdated now, when cars like the Autonomous Audi TTS are climbing Pikes Peak without a man behind the wheel. Dodge has touched on this exact climb into technology with their new 2011 Dodge Charger commercial.

The setting is a bit into the future and illustrates how technology is taking over everything we do in our daily lives. From brushing our teeth to opening our doors, technology will soon lead us by the hand and live our lives for us. The excellent play on this idea is that it will never take over the thrill of driving our cars or, in this case, our Dodge Chargers.

Check out the commercial to see what we mean.

Dodge unveiled the fourth generation Viper SRT10 ACR a the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2007, bringing what would essentially be the last model presented before a whole new breed of Viper comes out in 2012. The Dodge Viper Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR is a 600 hp street-legal Viper engineered to dominate on the race track and also provide for an exciting trip back home. The Viper went on sale in the second quarter of 2008 at a price of no less than $100,000.

"With the all-new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR, SRT has taken the ultimate American sports car and injected it with an extra dose of racing DNA," said Mike Accavitti, Director - Dodge Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing and Communications, Chrysler LLC. "With the Viper SRT10 as the starting point, SRT SRT engineered a combination of reduced weight, race-tuned suspension and aerodynamic improvements to create the ultimate Viper for the street and track."

UPDATE 09/15/2011: Put back the champagne in the freezer, Lexus ; you’re just-set record lap time of 7:14 around the Nurburgring has been broken. Chrysler ’s SRT team went to the ’Ring with only one thing in mind: get under 7:14 in one lap. And just as records are always meant to be broken regardless of how fresh they are, Chrysler’s Dodge Viper ACR blasted around the Nurburgring in a blistering time of 7:12. The exact time has yet to be released - there are tenths of seconds in that equation - but make no mistake, it’s more than a second faster than the 7:14.6 time the Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package achieved earlier this month.

More details on the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR after the jump.


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