2007 Dodge Dakota MX Warrior


(from Chrysler Press Release)  The Dodge Dakota MX Warrior is a design exercise intended for the younger action-sports crowd. This authentic motocross-themed concept is a cooperative effort with Scott Waraniak. Waraniak is a design student at College for Creative Studies in Detroit and AMA District 14 motocross racer #936 who races for KTM North America and Seattle-based Jones Soda.

Motocross is an extreme sport run on closed-course, natural-terrain dirt tracks. Grabbing the holeshot and maneuvering through the ruts, berms, whoops, doubles, 90-foot jumps and 180-degree tight turns demands lightning-fast reflexes, physical conditioning, practice, concentration and speed. Forty racers compete in two 20-minute motos mixing flying dirt and rocks with intimidation, adrenaline and horsepower. The outdoor motocross season runs from April to September, while the indoor supercross season runs from January through April. The sport continues to grow in popularity particularly with Gen X and Gen Y action-sport athletes in the United States, Europe and Japan.

With his likeness and signature on limited-edition bottles of Jones Soda, Waraniak [a West Bloomfield, Mich.-resident] provided his race-prepped bike for the project. Hell use the 2008 KTM 450 SX-F in 2008 motocross season competition. He designed the graphics for both the bike and the Dodge Dakota MX Warrior.

The design team let Waraniak loose to design his splatter theme. The bold O21orange and battleship gray vinyl wrap is provided by Image Quest Graphics of Wixom, Mich. The Dakota/KTM 450 SX-F graphics integrate the podium performance of Dodge, Mopar and KTM Motorsports with Waraniaks sponsors and the motocross industrys leading icons and lifestyle companies:

KTM North America of Amherst, Ohio

  • Troy Lee Designs of Corona, Calif.

  • FMF Racing of Rancho Dominguez, Calif.

  • Alpinestars of Torrance, Calif.

  • Spy Optics of Carlsbad, Calif.

  • EVS Sports of Janesville, Wis.

  • Cycra of Hebron, Ohio

  • VP Racing Fuels of Wildomar, Calif.

  • Maxima Racing Oils of Santee, Calif.

  • Lake Cycle of Grand Haven, Mich.

  • JP Speed of Holly, Mich.

  • KTM Hard Equipment of Amherst, Ohio

  • Michelin of Greenville, S.C.

  • Powersport Grafx of North Wilkesboro, N.C.

  • Xlox Systems of Calgary, Alberta

  • SuperSports of Waterford, Mich.

  • Skyjacker of Suspensions, West Monroe, La.

  • Iniziale Designs of Roseville, Mich.

  • KICKER Audio of Stillwater, Okla.

  • Jones Soda of Seattle, Wash.

  • To give the Dodge Dakota MX Warrior a proper stance and prove it can venture off-road, the suspension is raised four inches. Its fitted with 20-in. chrome wheels from Mopar wrapped in 31-in. tires. TRX-4 fender flares cover the meats to keep the splash graphics fairly clean. To protect the front and rear, the Chrysler metal shop fabricated custom steel bumpers and an integrated warn winch mounted on the front bumper. There are also custom steel rock rails. The taillamps and bed extender were provided by Mopar. The steering wheel was provided by Grant Products. The Surf Blue paint with dark neutral metallic accents is courtesy of the Chrysler paint shop.

    Air is fed to the 4.7-liter Magnum V-8 engine through the custom hood with one-off intake scoops fabricated by the Chrysler plastic shop.

    When all is said and done, youll never see this Dodge Dakota MX Warrior DNF.

    Serious Wheels