SRT Engineers and 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Take One Lap of America
The torturous One Lap of America road rally pushes both cars and drivers to their limits in a celebration of motoring freedom. SRT engineers could think of no better public test of the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8’s all-new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 and meticulously retuned suspension.
Erich Heuschele and Adam Forte piloted the unmodified Challenger at 18 track events during the eight-day, 3600-mile trek. A One Lap veteran, Erich’s mantle is decorated with a trio of class wins from previous events. Adam, on the other hand, was a One Lap rookie.
The duo’s Bright White Challenger 392 SRT8, propelled by 470-hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, competed in a field of no less than 70 entrants. Erich and Adam aimed for a first-place finish in the SSGT2 Big Bore class. Drag racing, autocross and road course time trial events along the route tested vehicle performance and driver acumen.
Erich, Adam and the 2011 Challenger 392 SRT8 performed well overall. The SRT team finished third in their class, and 14th overall -- better than many favorites. Although a first-place finish evaded them this year, the two didn’t go home without hardware. Assisting a fellow Challenger SRT8 team with a new set of brake pads and securing a new oil cooler for a Viper owner netted Erich and Adam the prestigious Sportsman Award -- evidence of SRT’s tight-knit community, and an incentive to revisit the race in the future.
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