The Dodge Charger’s return in 2006 following a 20-year hiatus prompted the company to develop a funny car racer wearing the moniker. The Charger R/T Funny Car debuted the same year and went on to win two consecutive NHRA Funny Car championships with Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman behind the wheel in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Although it failed to win titles in 2013 and 2014, the Charger Funny Car added no less than 86 national titles, 77 runner-up finishes and established 12 of the 33 three-second runs in Funny Car history. With such a strong resume to its name, the Charger returns to the drag strip for the 2015 season with an updated body carrying the already familiar front and rear fascias of the facelifted production sedan.

Upgraded inside and out and with a more aerodynamic shell at its disposal, the 2015 Charger R/T Funny Car is set to make its debut at the 2015 Winternationals on February 5th at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. The Charger will try to win its third Funny Car championships at the hands of Don Schumacher Racing.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car Competition.

  • 2015 Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car
  • Year:
    2015
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  • 0-60 time:
    2.8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    300 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    150000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Outside the new livery and the updated front and rear graphics, the 2015 version of the Charger Funny Car features a few design changes as well.

Naturally, the Funny Car has very little in common with the production Charger, being developed on a virtual platform and wearing a body that’s a far cry from the four-door shell of the 2015 model. Sure, the extremely aerodynamic body retains some of the Charger’s trademark cues, such as front and rear fascia layouts, which are incorporated in the Funny Car’s livery, but other than that we’re looking at a dragster that wears the Charger moniker for the sake of marketing.

Outside the new livery and the updated front and rear graphics, the 2015 version of the Charger Funny Car features a few design changes as well. The cockpit area has been moved deeper toward the rear, a measure that improves visibility for the drivers and minimizes the effects of potential destructive forces that may occur in the unfortunate event of a blown engine. And that’s known to happen quite often in the Funny Car series.

Dodge and Mopar also focused on reducing the body’s weight while maintaining its aerodynamic properties. This was achieved by building a composite, one-piece body from Kevlar and carbon-fiber. As a result, the vehicle tips the scales at only 2,400 pounds. Developed by the same team of engineers who created the 2014 Dodge Dart Pro Stock dragster, the Charger Funny Car underwent aerodynamic wind tunnel testing at Dodge’s facility in Auburn Hills.

The racer showcased at SEMA is wrapped in a red-and-black livery with Dodge and Mopar logos and sports the company’s 50th Anniversary HEMI badge on its nose; a strong indication of what’s motivating this beast.

Interior

Dodge has yet to release any photos of the dragster’s interior, but we all know there’s nothing fancy about this Charger’s cockpit. The single-seat configuration is wrapped in an NHRA-approved roll cage and the driver’s position is surrounded by the basic controls and switches this race car needs to run a quarter mile. As with most modern race cars, safety comes first.

Drivetrain

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The huge amount of oomph is enough to send this funny car flying down the quarter mile in less than four seconds with speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour.

Motivating this lightning-fast Charger is a supercharged, 500-cubic-inch (8.2-liter), V-8, HEMI engine that delivers no less than 10,000 horsepower, an output that puts the Charger Hellcat and its 707 horses to shame.

The huge amount of oomph is enough to send this funny car flying down the quarter mile in less than four seconds with speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour. Of course, all these amazing numbers are possible thanks to its incredible nitro-methane fuel system that injects 90 gallons of fuel per minute. Now that’s something the folks over at the EPA wouldn’t be too happy to hear.

Prices

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Pricing for these type of monstrous vehicles are usually held under wraps, but we’re looking at a six-figure sum to say the least.

Conclusion

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Having lost the Funny Car championship in both 2013 and 2014, Dodge has big plans for the 2015 drag racing season and the updated Charger seems like the proper machine to try and regain its glory at the drag strip. Only time will tell if this monster has what it takes to win yet another title, all we know is its the most radical and powerful Charger ever built. The 2015 Charger R/T Funny Car is certaily nothing to laugh at.

  • Leave it
    • Has very little in common with the production Charger
    • You can’t buy one
    • You most likely can’t drive one either

Press Release

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) Mopar and Dodge brands unveiled a new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T drag racing vehicle at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show today in Las Vegas. The new race car is destined to make its official on-track National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series debut in Funny Car competition at the 2015 season-opening Winternationals event Feb. 5-9 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

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Following the reveal, the new race car will be on display in the brand’s exhibition area at the SEMA show Nov. 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car was designed and developed on a virtual platform, using the same production-based technology and tools applied to the street vehicles, in a collaboration between FCA production and race engineers and the Don Schumacher Racing team.

“We’re very pleased to further demonstrate Mopar’s commitment to providing quality performance parts and reiterate our dedication to NHRA drag racing and our Mopar fans with the introduction of this new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO — Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care. “The process of designing and building this new race car has been a true collaborative effort between our own engineering team (the same one that designs our production Charger and Challenger street vehicles) and Don Schumacher Racing, and we are very excited with what we have brought to fruition. It’s just another great example of Mopar’s continuing commitment to provide quality engineering and performance parts, while staying true to our roots of racing innovation in a year that we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic 426 Race HEMI® engine.”

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Project engineers worked intensely to ensure that styling from the production version of the 2015 Dodge Charger was reflected in the Funny Car with similar design cues like scalloped sides and front and rear ends to make it easily recognizable to fans. Also included in the design process was the conscious decision to add durability and increase strength to the construction of the one-piece body with the use of composite materials including Kevlar and carbon.

“We’re very excited with the results of our efforts and look forward to seeing the new-look DSR cars make their debut in the 2015 season opening race,” said David Bailey, Senior Manager – SRT Motorsports Engineering and Design. “A lot of planning and work went into designing and building the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car. From the first steps of creating Computer Aided Design (CAD) models into a package model by the FCA Engineers, to working with designers from the Product Design Office (PDO) to include proportions and style cues taken from the production version of the 2015 Dodge Charger, it all came together nicely.

"Through all these design reviews, engineering changes were made to the theme with the primary goal of improving the durability, strength and aerodynamic performance of the new vehicle while maintaining all NHRA dimensional requirements. I think we can all be happy with the results," added Bailey.

Not only was the development of the new Funny Car body a result of in-house engineering expertise but the project tapped into top-level academic outside resources as well by working in conjunction with the University of North Carolina on an extensive study to improve the strength and durability of the body composition. The engineering team also was challenged to carryover the aerodynamic properties of the previous version while making the new body more lightweight.

Sight-line studies contributed to the new design by incorporating geometry changes that moved back the windshield and greenhouse (cockpit area) to provide improvements to visibility for the drivers, which is critical due at the 300 miles per hour (mph) or more speeds that the Funny Cars attain during competition. More than ten added degrees of side visibility and a doubling of upward visibility were gained with that design change alone. Another major benefit of the redesign includes minimized of the effects of potential destructive forces on the car by providing proper clearance for the injectors, blowers and engine, all while maintaining the series’ sanctioning body’s extensive list of guidelines and standards.

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“A lot of effort has gone into developing this new body during the past year, and Don Schumacher Racing is blessed to have the kind of wonderful partners we have with Mopar and Dodge to commit internal expertise and invest in this important project,” said Don Schumacher, owner of the Don Schumacher Racing team based in Brownsburg, Ind. “We have developed a remarkable relationship over the years. Increased visibility, increased downforce and reduced resistance are key elements of this new Dodge Charger body that will enhance performance of our team in both elapsed time and speed. In nine seasons with the current body, we won 68 national titles and two Funny Car world championships, and we’re looking to excel from there with this exciting new vehicle.”

The new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car design was developed with the design process and team of engineers who worked on the 2014 Mopar Dodge Dart Pro Stock vehicle introduced earlier this year. It was then validated with aerodynamic wind tunnel testing at the company’s facility in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Further confirmation of the data took place with a number of test runs by DSR driver Matt Hagan at NHRA race tracks in Norwalk, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Ind. Hagan’s first impressions were overwhelmingly positive.

“The opportunity to test drive the 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car has been just phenomenal, and I can’t get in it again soon enough,” said Hagan, winner of the 2011 NHRA Funny Car World Championship and contender for the 2014 title with just one national event left in the season. “The new Mopar Funny Car designers, engineers and our fabrication shop at DSR did just a phenomenal job on this piece. The car — how mean it looks, the way it handles, the way it runs on the race track— is simply amazing.

“It’s also so much brighter, with the biggest improvement for me being visibility. When I sat in it, my lights [reaction time] improved. I really think it’s going to improve the driving ability of anyone fortunate enough to get behind the wheel of it. Making Friday night qualifying runs with the new body is going to be so much fun,” said Hagan.

The current Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car was introduced in 2006 and to date has won two consecutive NHRA Funny Car World Championships with Matt Hagan in 2011 and Jack Beckman in 2012, earned 68 NHRA Funny Car national titles, 77 Runner-up finishes, 44 No.1-qualifier positions, and is responsible for 12 of the 33 three-second runs in Funny Car history, including the very first one (3.995 seconds) posted by Hagan at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September 2011.

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“The current piece we’re running is great,” said Hagan. “It was the first Funny Car in the ‘threes’ [to run under four seconds] and has run 320-mph many times, but this new body is definitely an improvement, and I’m really excited for the future with this new race car. It’s great for our sport to have Mopar invest in our sport. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new car during real competition next year. I just wish we could have it at Pomona (Calif.) for the Finals to help us win another championship for Mopar and this great team that I work with at DSR.”

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