797-Horsepower Dodge Durango SRT Pursuit Concept Competes in One Lap of America

Dodge Durango SRT Pursuit Concept
Credit: FCA
Be on alert for the Speed Trap across America.

This 797-horsepower 2018 Dodge Durango SRT Pursuit concept is competing in the One Lap of America race going on through Saturday. The one-off has a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V-8 under the hood -- the same one that also powers the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.

If you have not seen my video review of the Challenger Redeye, don’t miss one of the best burnouts you’ll ever see! This video has been viewed by almost 200,000 people:

2019 One Lap of America Race Ends May 11

The 2019 One Lap of America race started May 4 and ends May 11. It’s an on-road rally and on-track race challenge competition that covers over nearly 4,000 miles and eight tracks in seven states over seven days.

Dodge/SRT tapped the in-house group of performance gurus at SRT Engineering for some proven high-performance SRT production parts in a bid to repeat as class champions in the race.

Held every year in the United States since 1984, the One Lap of America is the successor to the Cannonball Run, an underground auto race of the 1970s where participants would drive cross country. Both events were created by legendary automotive journalist Brock Yates.

Returning drivers SRT vehicle dynamics performance engineer David Carr and automotive photojournalist and dodgegarage.com contributor David Hakim are behind the wheel of the Durango concept.

“Winning the truck/SUV class last year proved just how fast and durable the stock Dodge Durango SRT is during extreme competitive conditions,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands - Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA - North America. “The class is expected to be even tougher this year, so we’re leveraging the highest-performing engine in our tool box – the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye’s 797-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V-8 to power the Dodge Durango SRT Pursuit”.

Fans can follow the One Lap adventure at www.dodgegarage.com.

Mopar Modifications

The Speed Trap concept features exclusive Durango Pursuit Law Enforcement livery, Whelen’s innovative light and siren package, and bolt-on high-performance modifications from Mopar.
A free-flow, stainless steel, Cat-Back exhaust system provides a more aggressive and distinctive sound. Concept lowering springs drop the ride height an average of 0.6 inches closer to the pavement.

The stock, crisp-shifting TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive with SRT-engineered drive mode system equip the Durango SRT Pursuit Speed Trap concept for the wide variety of timed track events, ranging from wet and dry skid pads to private road courses to race tracks.

Custom 20 x 11-inch wheels ride on 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero tires from the record-setting Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Per the One Lap competition rules, competitors cannot change tires for the duration of the event and are only allowed one spare for emergency use only, challenging drivers to manage tire wear on and off the track.

Braking power comes from 15.75-inch Brembo two-piece vented rotors with six-piston calipers painted with a distinctive red finish and 13.78-inch Brembo vented rotors with four-piston red calipers in the rear for outstanding stopping performance, heat management and durability.

The competition will also certainly notice Whelen’s most innovative Ceridian Series lightbar, which features an all-new low-profile design with Durango inlaid light and compact low-profile speaker designed for powerful traffic-clearing capability.

Inside, the standard heated and ventilated front leather seats from the Durango SRT provide outstanding comfort while the second- and third-row seats are removed for weight savings.

Safety equipment includes the addition of a four-point roll bar and a five-point driver safety harness. The Durango SRT’s 119.8-inch wheelbase and voluminous interior space help transport equipment without having to tow a trailer between stops, as most other competitors.
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