VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 5- NOV. - DEC. 2018
MoparMax covers all automotive things Mopar. A new issue of MoparMax.com is published on or around the 15th of each month and is updated throughout the month.
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There’s not much else going on this week outside of Indianapolis and the PRI Show.
Steve Beahm, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA North America (left) chats with Lewis Bloom from the NHRA on Fox team at the SEMA Show last month.
The Dodge brand will bring the trade show right to enthusiasts and race fans as official sponsor of NHRA livestream coverage from the annual event, scheduled for December 6-8 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. “NHRA on Fox – Powered by Dodge” will offer three full days of livestream coverage from the 2018 PRI Show, available for viewing at www.NHRA.com.
Mopar Dodge Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett and Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver Matt Hagan will stop by to participate in livestream interviews with Tony Pedregon and John Kernan from the “NHRA on Fox – Powered by Dodge” broadcast team. Hagan and Pritchett will also take part in autograph sessions at the NHRA display, booth #7032, on Thursday, Dec. 6.
In addition to the livestream sponsorship, Dodge will also display a number drag-race themed vehicles next to the NHRA exhibit at PRI. Display vehicles will include a historic “Direct Connection”-themed Plymouth Duster “package” car, showcasing the Dodge and Mopar brands’ tradition of factory-built race vehicles designed strictly for the drag strip, as well as a modern-day version of the “package car,” the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. Also featured will be the drag-oriented, street-legal 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, scheduled to begin arriving in dealerships in the first quarter of 2019. [12/05/18]
Mopar has revealed a brand-new HEMI-engine-powered “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine, which turns the crank at 1,000 hp and 950 lb.-ft. of torque, at its press conference during the 2018 SEMA Show. The press briefing also included the unveiling of the ’68 Dodge “Super Charger” Concept, which highlights the Hellephant 426 Supercharged Crate HEMI engine assembly and kit.
The Hellephant engine hits the 1,000-hp mark via bulked-up displacement, with 4 inches of stroke and bore specs at 4.125 in. An improved supercharger with a high-efficiency rotor is mounted on the all-aluminum block, which provides huge weight savings to keep the Hellephant light. The all-aluminum block, used in Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak race vehicles that dominated the 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class, was configured for the street in close collaboration with Mopar and engineers from the motorsports world. [11/27/18]
The historic Fiat plant in Rivalta, located near Turin in Italy, is set to become one of the Mopar brand’s global parts and distribution centers serving Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and additional world markets.
Prompted by the rapid global expansion of Mopar, the service, parts and customer-care brand for FCA vehicles, this project will transform a former vehicle production plant into an innovative, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable parts and accessories storage and distribution warehouse. The new facility will support over 5,000 locations, significantly improving delivery time to dealerships and workshops, increasing customer service quality as a result.
“As we grow the Mopar brand around the world, customer satisfaction continues to be one of our key global priorities,” said Pietro Gorlier, Global Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) and Chief Operating Officer of the EMEA region. “Delivery of the right part at the right time around the globe is at the core of what we do, so we continue to invest in our more than 50 parts distribution centers worldwide. In the case of Rivalta, we are proud to revive a building with a great industrial legacy and transform it into a state-of the art, forward-looking international parts distribution hub that will serve our markets in Europe and beyond.”
The Mopar brand continues to invest to meet an increasing global demand that saw over 47,000 tons of parts and accessories distributed in the past 12 months in support of more than 7,000 dealers and workshops throughout the EMEA region alone. In Europe, the brand offers a portfolio of more than 260,000 accessories and parts for all FCA vehicle brands. Mopar operates in more than 160 markets and has more than 50 parts distribution centers located in more than 20 countries. [11/27/18]
Tommy Johnson Jr. (near lane) and Jack Beckman met in the semifinal round with Johnson taking the win.
Tommy Johnson Jr. was the runner-up in the Funny Car class at the season-ending 54th Annual NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, CA, on Nov. 11.
Johnson, coming off three consecutive No. 1 spots, started third after holding the provisional pole and earning 14 bonus points during qualifying. The two-time defending event champion at the season-ending Pomona race posted a 3.905-second elapsed time (ET) at 327.59 mph in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, second quickest of the first round, to beat Cruz Pedregon. Johnson survived a scare in the second round against Courtney Force when his engine initially would not fire up, but once his Mopar HEMI® engine turned over, it lit up the board with a winning 3.913-second ET that was quickest of the round.
Next up was an all-DSR Mopar Dodge semifinals battle with Jack Beckman. Johnson matched his quarterfinals ET of 3.913, paired with a speed of 325.06 mph, to outrun his teammate and advance to his fourth straight final round at the NHRA Finals, third of the year and 48th of his career. Johnson left nothing on the table against newly crowned Funny Car champion J.R. Todd, posting his quickest run of race day with a 3.889 ET at 327.51 mph, but it couldn’t match Todd’s winning 3.872/329.10 pass.
With his runner-up finish, Johnson moved to third in the final standings to lead all Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car drivers. Ron Capps was fourth, Beckman seventh and Matt Hagan eighth.
The NHRA 2019 season begins on Feb. 7-10 at the Winternationals in Pomona.
Steve Wann from Modesto, CA, drove his 1962 SS/DA Plymouth Sport Fury to the event win in Super Stock at the NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. Wann’s Sport Fury, powered by the Mopar 413 cubic-inch Max Wedge V8 engine, ran consistent nine-second ETs all weekend on his path to the winner’s circle. Wann, a past recipient, also earned the Dodge Top Finisher Award in Super Stock.
Jon Irving from Boulder City, NV, raced his 1971 D/SA Dodge Demon 340 to a semifinal finish in Stock Eliminator, collecting the Dodge Top Finisher award in the Stock class. Powered by a high-revving Mopar small-block under the factory dual-snorkel hood, Irving’s Demon 340 was consistent throughout the race weekend running in the 10-second range.
The Dodge Top Finisher program completed its second year, awarding $500 to Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who advanced the furthest behind the wheel of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth race car at all 24 NHRA national events during the 2018 season. More than 30 different NHRA Sportsman claimed Dodge Top Finisher honors during the year. [11/27/18]
Front: Steve Matusek, Aeeromotive’s founder and president. Left to right rear: Formula D announcer Jarod DeAnda, Kyle Fickler, Shawn Dill, Johnson Barrick, Amanda Matusek, Jackson Lueg, Matt Brewer, Jon Pestinger, Jeff Stacy, Darr Hawthorne, and off-road racer and industry personality Jessi Combs.
Aeromotive, a market leader in high performance fuel systems, was honored last week at the SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet when the company was announced as the 2018 SEMA Show Manufacturer of the Year.
With over 2,900 SEMA manufacturers able to compete, three candidates made the slate for the final candidacy prior to the show: Aeromotive Inc., Edelbrock Inc., and Hunter Engineering Company. The award honors individuals and companies that have made a significant impact on the specialty-equipment market during the past 12 months of SEMA’s fiscal year July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. [11/27/18]
The Walter P. Chrysler Museum opened in October 1999 and sputtered to a close in December 2016. Since its closure, the building has been converted to office space and is the U.S. headquarters for FCA’s Maserati and Alfa Romeo brands.
The cars that were once on display will be moved to the new Conner Center, formerly the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit. It was formerly the factory for the now-departed Dodge Viper. The new museum will house nearly 400 of the company’s historic vehicles.
Although currently not open to the public, the company may decide in the future to open Conner Center for public viewing. And wouldn’t that be great! [11/27/18]
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