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Let’s face it; fast cars are expensive. Even a car with one of the best horsepower-per-dollar ratios out there, the Dodge Charger Hellcat, will run you north of $60 grand. So when a “Dodge Charger” pops up on eBay, one that makes more power than a Hellcat for one-third the monies, we’re going to take notice.
What we’ve got here is a fourth-generation stock car built by Cunningham Motorsports for competition in ARCA, a professional road-race and feeder series for NASCAR. These cars are similar to NASCARs of yesteryear, and in many cases are hand-me-downs from the NASCAR Sprint Cub Series, but are used for road course, dirt track, and oval racing. They’re motivated by NASCAR-derived V-8 engines with displacement ranging from 350 to 360 cubic inches.
This particular car has a Dodge Mopar R5 NASCAR engine that makes a claimed 730 horsepower. With a curb weight somewhere around 3400 pounds, it’s graced with a power-to-weight ratio of approximately 4.7 lbs/hp—for reference, a Charger Hellcat sits right at about 6.5 lbs/hp and a Ferrari LaFerrari is 4.4 lbs/hp. This is a seriously fast car.
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And if you love going to the track but are tired of the usual issues, fear not, because this car’s built to take it. Annoying brake fade? No problem; it’s got massive six-piston Brembos with brake-system cooling fans. Tired of blowing up engines in those long sweepers? Easy. This thing’s got a 22-quart dry-sump lubrication system. Sick of getting passed because you don’t have enough power? Don’t worry, you won’t be pointing anybody by for the pass.
With this beast, you’re track-day problems disappear.