VOLUME XIV,  ISSUE 3 , JULY - AUGUST,  2019

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Independent Dodge drivers lead Trans Am series

With little or no support, teams in Trans Am racing are holding their own in Dodge Challengers. Marc Miller (above) leads the points in the TA2 class with only a couple races left. He finished second at VIR on Sunday, Sept. 21. His white #40 Dodge runs up front every week and could bring Dodge their first championship in the Trans Am series.

Boris Said won the TA class race at Virginia International Raceway on Sept. 21 in his newly built No. 2 850 HP Dodge Challenger. He took the checkered more more than 1- seconds ahead of championship leader Ernie Francis Jr.  Boris doesn't run the full schedule, but with sponsorship they could make a serious run for the TA series Championship in 2020.

 

Mopar has been in and out of the series over the years, with Dan Gurney and Swede Savage driving the AAR Plymouth Cudas and Sam Posey in a Dodge Challenger in 1970.  Mopar came back to the series in the early 1990's with Tommy and Bobby Archer along with two other Factory backed Dodge teams with limited success. For the last few seasons, independent teams have run the popular Dodge Challenger in the TA and TA2 classes, with great success and several wins.

 

Dodge sells a T/A model Challenger for the street, so what better way to add exposure to that model than to jump in and help these teams possibly win BOTH championships in 2020. In fields dominated by Chevy Camaros and Ford Mustangs, they are always out-numbered but seldom out classed!

 

When the Trans-Am series comes to your area, get out and see some great racing and support the MOPAR teams! The next Trans Am event is Oct. 4-6 on the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, TX. [09/27/19]

Final year Vipers go to auction

Two special low-mileage Dodge Vipers will be on the block at the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson auction on Oct. 3-5. These were built in 2017, the final year of production for the beautiful and powerful cars. These cars will both be sold at No Reserve![09/27/19]

FCA launches advanced driving simulator

The FCA  Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) has inaugurated a new Vehicle Dynamics Simulator (VDS) lab, launching the most advanced driving simulator technology available in North America. With nine directions of movement and specific driver calibration, the new simulator closely duplicates the actual driving experience.

 

“Our new VDS is cutting-edge technology that emulates a vehicle’s driving dynamics in a real time, virtual environment,” said Tony Mancina, Head of Engineering, FCA Canada. “This new technology offers the driver a customized virtual immersion that replicates the ride and handling of a specific vehicle on a multitude of simulated road surfaces and driving environments.”

 

Most driving simulators make use of six actuators to deliver six "degrees of freedom." However, to accurately reproduce vehicle ride, handling and acceleration characteristics, the FCA VDS system uses nine actuators to create additional ranges of motion that create a closer immersion to an actual vehicle.

 

A notable feature of the new VDS is a three-micron cushion of air, which floats the entire 4.5-tonne motion platform above the floor like a hovercraft or air-hockey puck, allowing for a quiet and seamless motion via the massive electric actuators.

 

The new simulator has the ability to add subsystems, such as brake and steering, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), to create a hardware in the loop test bench to better meet functional targets. This strategy helps reduce product development times and lower project validation costs.

 

“The ability to simulate a drive experience with hardware in the loop is key to our engineering efforts and assists in identifying design changes much earlier in the development process,” said Rob Wichman, Head of FCA Vehicle Engineering. “By using simulators, we can create a virtual environment to assess the ride and handling of a vehicle, perform tests on sensor technology for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) applications, evaluate different Human Machine Interface (HMI) configurations, and test for driver distraction and distraction remedies.”

 

The simulator can be fitted with any vehicle body, road and environment. To create a visual experience on the five projector screens, data is collected by scanning the environments and the different roads, such as FCA’s proving grounds in Chelsea, Michigan. The data is then stitched together to create a real-time virtual environment that can include elevation changes, off-camber roads and potholes.

 

Initially, the VDS will be used to support Chassis Vehicle Dynamics, but in the future will be used to support development of ADAS and HMI systems. With an overall investment of $10.1 million CAD, including support from the Ontario government through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, FCA worked with VI-grade, the developer of the new driving simulator technology.[09/27/19]

Join How2Recycle Program

You’re already saving trees by reading MoparMax.com instead of a print magazine, so how about helping the environment further by recycling packaging materials instead of adding them to the garbage clutter?

 

Launched in 2012, How2Recycle is the standardized U.S. label across all packaging types and offers comprehensive instructions on packaging recyclability.

 

Fram has recently joined the program to help customers recycle specific products and packaging more accurately through the program’s smarter label system.

 

“We are continuously looking at materials, processes and technologies to reduce waste and conserve resources in all aspects of our business,” said Kevin O’Dowd, SVP, Global Marketing. “Improved packaging sustainability is a core part of our effort to protect our environment. This initiative is very important to our company, our direct customers and the motorists who purchase our products.”  [09/27/19]

Monster weekend for Victory NSS finale

Retiring Victory NSS series director Chris Schneider (left) congratulates 2019 champion Dennis Spurgeon (right). 

 

With 40 classic (mostly Mopar) Super Stocks on hand and over 10 of the racers with a shot at the series championship, the expectations were high for an exciting final event for the Victory NSS series at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Those expectations were met and then some!

 

After four hard fought rounds of racing during the Monster Muscle Car Weekend, Sept. 13-15, the last three racers still in the battle [Clay Kossuth, Tom Hoffman and Dennis Spurgeon] could all take the title: whoever won this race was going to be champion.

 

When the smoke cleared, Dennis Spurgeon edged out Tom Hoffman to win the race and take home his first championship Gold Cup.

With this being the last Victory race of the year, a Gambler's Race was added to the schedule. Series title sponsor Dennis Mothershed (at right) was a very proud father when his son Matthew took that win. [09/27/19]

Pacifica Hybrid honored as one of best electric vehicles of 2019

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited continues to electrify the automotive industry. Autotrader says the Pacifica plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) — the first and only electrified minivan — is one of the 12 Best Electric Vehicles for 2019. This newest accolade takes the Pacifica’s overall award count to more than 120 and further solidifies its standing as the most awarded minivan since 2016.

 

Editors at Autotrader created the inaugural 12 Best Electric Vehicles list to assist customers looking to make a purchase in the growing field of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and PHEVs. Editors considered a variety of important criteria, such as maximum range, electric-only range (for PHEVs), price, drivability and value, to help determine their “best of” list.

 

“This is our first annual list of the best EVs and we expect the cars on this list to change dramatically over the years,” said Brian Moody, executive editor at Autotrader. “That being said, the Chrysler Pacifica is really in a league of its own – there simply aren’t any other minivans that offer the plug-in flexibility of the Pacifica Hybrid. Around town, the Pacifica Hybrid can run on just electricity, making it both quick and quiet. However, the hybrid powertrain means it’s good for long trips too – all the while providing the comfort of a luxurious minivan.”  [09/27/19]

Beckman takes over NHRA Funny Car points lead after Reading win

It’s been over a year since Jack Beckman won an NHRA event, but he did so on Sunday, Sept. 15, beating John Force in the final and taking over the Mello Yello Series points lead. Beckman has been the runner-up four times in 2019 but it was his 3.958-second pass at 330.07 that gave him the holeshot win over Force’s quicker 3.952. Force moved to second in the points.

Ron Capps set new track records for ET (3.837 seconds) and top speed (339.28 mph) in the Funny Car class. On Sunday Capps got past Mike McIntire and DSR teammate Matt Hagan only to fall to John Force in the semifinal.      [09/27/19]

Factory Stock added to ‘Great American Guaranteed Million’ competition

Already the first guaranteed-to-win $1 million purse for bracket racers, the Great American Guaranteed Million race added another opportunity as promoters Britt Cummings and Gaylon Rolison announced a special Factory Stock Showdown race at the event.

 

The race, which takes place May 20-25, 2020, at Memphis International Raceway, will include the popular class as one of the marquee attractions on Saturday, May 23. The class will have the same $3,000 entry fee that is in place for the million-dollar bracket race, and it will be a 16-car qualified field.

 

Cummings says he has already received verbal commitments from many of the top names in the class, including 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown champion Leah Pritchett (shown) and Mark Pawuk, both driving Drag Paks.     [09/27/19]

FCA technology will remind parents to check kids in rear seats

Parents and caregivers will soon be reminded to check for children in rear seats, thanks to an automaker-led voluntary commitment to add rear seat reminder systems to new vehicles.

 

FCA will extend the U.S.-market commitment worldwide, by incorporating rear-seat reminder technology across its global passenger-vehicle lineup.

 

“Hot climate zones are not exclusive to the U.S.,” says Mark Chernoby, Chief Technical Compliance officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, N.V. “We want our customers around the globe to benefit from this potentially life-saving technology.”

 

Timing for the global rollout will vary depending on market-specific product plans and regulatory regimes.  [09/27/19]

Daniels gets fourth straight Hemi Challenge title

Jimmy Daniels made a bit of history by winning his fourth consecutive Dodge Hemi Challenge at the U.S. Nationals. See the race report at here   [09/27/19]

At the Finish Line: Jim Baker

We are sad to report that Jim Baker, columnist for sister publication DragRacingOnline.com and a contributor to Mopar Max, died on Friday, Aug. 20, at age 80.

 

The racer and promoter had written for our publications for several years. He penned a column about his career in drag racing at the beginning of what he told us would be his final year writing for us. See his Then & Now titled “My Final Lap.”

 

Jim will be cremated and interred next to his beloved wife, Sherry. We extend our sympathy to his son Brad Baker and the rest of his family. He will be missed.  [09/27/19]

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