2006 Dodge Challenger Super Stock Concept


The History of the 392 HEMI

The original 392 HEMI engine was introduced in the new 1957 model year Chryslers and Imperials. It replaced the 354 cubic-inch version of the original HEMI launched in 1951.

Compared with the 354, the 392 was completely revised and improved, with larger valves and ports, a beefier block and crankshaft, and improved bearings. In short, the 392 HEMI, often referred to simply as the 92, was perfect for drag racing.

More than a few racers bolted on six or eight carburetors, slipped in a hotter cam, tipped some nitro into the tank and went racing. Racing legend Don Garlits ran a 392 in his Swamp Rat I at record speeds of over 180 mph on nitro with no supercharger. Garlits also used a 392 HEMI to officially break the 200-mph barrier when his Swamp Rat went 201.34 mph at Atco, N.J. in 1964.

Dodge Challenger Super Stock Concept with 392 HEMI by Mopar
To further commemorate the legacy of the 392, Chrysler Group and Mopar are unveiling a SEMA first: a concept vehicle tricked out just for SEMA. From Detroits 2006 North American International Auto Show and a year before its production debut, the stunning Dodge Challenger Super Stock with 392 HEMI by Mopar.

There was really only one vehicle choice to showcase our new crate motor the bold, powerful and capable, Dodge Challenger, said Cortez.

One of the most iconic muscle cars of the 1970s, it debuted in the fall of 1969 as a 1970 model. Although it was only produced from 1970 to 1974 (188,600 sold), the Dodge Challenger earned a reputation as one of the most desirable of the original pony cars, with meticulously restored and rare examples today selling for six-figure prices.

The Challenger went racing in its first year and HEMI-powered Challengers tore up the drag strips across the country in the SCCA Trans-am series and NHRA Pro Stock classes. In 1971, a Dodge Challenger paced the Indianapolis 500.

The HEMI legacy lives on, said Cortez. But this Dodge Challenger Super Stock concept will no doubt bring that legacy to a whole new generation.

The all-new Dodge Challenger will debut as a 2008 model in calendar-year 2008.

Beware the Foose HEMISFEAR

Also at SEMA this year, Mopar is taking the wraps off the Foose HEMISFEAR, powered by what else a 392 HEMI. Foose visionary customizer, television personality, and hot rod shop owner purchased 50 392 HEMI crate motors to install in his new kit car project.

HEMISFEAR is an appropriate name, because its destined to put fear in the ears of racers, said Cortez. When Chip saw that Mopars new 525-horsepower 392 HEMI featured programmable fuel injection and coil-on-plug technology, he knew he found the power to breathe life into his design and bring classic HEMI engineering to a new generation.

The Foose HEMISFEAR is a rear-engine vehicle that will be hand-built and sold as unfinished Hot Rod kits by Gaffoflio Family Metalcrafters, a longtime Chrysler Group design partner and Mopar supplier.

To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary engine, Mopar is launching an all-new 392 HEMI crate motor for a new generation of performance enthusiasts. This engine built with all new components is a complete engine assembly from the throttle body to the oil pan, and cranks out 525 horsepower in it most potent form.

Three different versions of the new 392 are available from Mopar:

* P5153604 392 HEMI Crate Engine Carbureted, 540 horsepower and 490 lb.-ft of torque
* P5253605 392 HEMI Crate Engine SEFI, 525 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque
* P5153603 392 HEMI Long Block HEMI Crate Engine

Technical specifications include:

* Deep-skirted cast iron block with cross-bolted mains
* CNC-ported aluminum twin-plug cylinder heads
* Stainless steel 2.100" intake and 1.600" exhaust valves
* Ovate wire (beehive competition) valve springs
* Viton competition valve stem seals
* 279/285 hydraulic roller camshaft with 0.584" intake and 0.552" exhaust lift
* Forged pistons (4.055" bore)
* 10.5:1 compression ratio
* Aluminum single plane high rise intake manifold with holley 870 cfm 4-bbl carburetor for carbureted 392 applications (1)
* 4140 forged steel crankshaft 3.795" stroke
* 4130 forged- steel I-beam performance connecting rods 6.200" length
* SFI-approved competition crankshaft damper
* Plug-and-Play wiring harnesses (2)
* 80 mm manual throttle body on fuel-injected engines (3)
* Premium tri-metal performance engine bearings
* Precision balanced rotating assembly
* Distributorless coil-on-plug (COP) ignition system

About DaimlerChryslers Mopar Brand

When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts supplier led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Division. In 1937, Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was created for the business of distributing parts through a depot system and car divisional wholesalers.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s the muscle car era. Beginning in 1962, Mopar carried a line of Special Parts for super stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

Today, Chrysler Groups Global Service & Parts division is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of nearly 250,000 authentic Mopar replacement parts, components and accessories for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles sold around the world. To assure quality, reliability and durability, all Mopar parts and accessories are designed in strict adherence to DaimlerChrysler engineering standards.

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