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'Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge' Brings Legal Drag Racing to Woodward Ave. at M1 Concourse on August 19
- August 19 Roadkill Nights event takes over new M1 Concourse in Pontiac from noon to 10 p.m. with drag races, thrill rides, giveaways and more
- Cash purse totaling $19,000 will be awarded to the quickest Dodge cars, Dodge body and Dodge-powered cars only
- Event FREE to spectators; participants may register a vehicle at www.roadkill.com/PR
- Roadkill Nights expanded to two cities this year; June 18 event in Kansas City drew nearly 12,000 attendees
- August 19 Pontiac event expected to be even bigger with legal street racing; early registration is encouraged
June 23, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - “Flashlight” drag racing is back, but this time it’s on Woodward Avenue ... and it’s legal. Registration is now open for the much anticipated Michigan return of the “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,” TEN: The Enthusiast Network’s popular drag racing event and car festival, which drew more than 10,000 performance enthusiasts to its inaugural event last year alone.
This year’s event, taking place on August 19, 2016, is bigger and better, with a new, larger location at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Mich., a cash purse totaling $19,000 and legal street drag racing on Woodward Avenue.
“Woodward is one of (if not the) most famous ‘Muscle Car Corridors’ in the country and, as far as we know, this is the first time ever that street racing on it will be legal,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA, North America. “Drag racers will be able to show their muscle when Woodward is closed from South Boulevard to Rapid Street in Pontiac to create what is sure to be an epic kick off to the weekend’s cruise events.”
Leading the races will be David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, co-hosts of ROADKILL, the most-viewed YouTube automotive original series in the world.
"This event is uniquely Roadkill. We are racing in a spot no one else would dare to run all in the name of fun. Show up and you'll see Roadkill cars, come and spend time with us and have the time of your life," said Mike Finnegan.
Additional celebrity guest appearances include Richard Rawlings of Dallas’ Gas Monkey Garage and the Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud” TV show.
Open from noon to 10 p.m., the Aug. 19 "Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge" event includes thrill rides in Dodge Viper, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat vehicles, a Show ‘n’ Shine area, Roadkill stunts and exhibitions, as well as live music, food trucks and much more.
"We're excited about hosting ‘Roadkill Nights’ as one of the main events during our newly branded ‘Pontiac Power Week’ festival,” said Mayor of the City of Pontiac Deirdre Waterman.
Following the huge success of the inaugural event held in Michigan last year, TEN: The Enthusiast Network’s "Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge" was expanded to two cities in 2016. The first stop, June 18 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, drew nearly 12,000 spectators.
With first-time legal street racing on Woodward Avenue, this year’s Pontiac, Mich., Roadkill Nights event is expected to be even bigger. Early registration at www.roadkill.com/PR is encouraged.
Fans can follow the action for both Roadkill Nights events at hashtags #Roadkillnights and #poweredbydodge.
Roadkill Nights Registration Information
Registration is open at Roadkill.com/PR. General admission to the event is FREE for spectators. Participants may register a vehicle for drag racing and the Show ’n’ Shine at the site.
Pricing is as follows and spaces are limited:
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- Drag Racing: $50 per vehicle, all makes are welcome
- Show ’n’ Shine: FREE
- VIP Packages: $150 per person and includes one spot to compete in the drag race, personal meet-and-greet with Mike Finnegan and David Freiburger, photo
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff
There is a rumor floating around the internet with insider support that suggests that the next generation Dodge Charger sedan will come with a new twin turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Although this small engine is expected to offer similar power to that of the current Pentastar V6, this rumor has stirred up a ton of controversy since many Mopar fans cannot imagine a 4-cylinder engine in the world’s baddest-ass sedan.
However, the twin turbo “Hurricane” engine is an idea that should be embraced by lovers of high performance cars – not because they will consider buying the fuel-sipping Dodge Charger with this tiny turbo engine but rather, because it could play a big part in the future role of the Hellcat Hemi in the Charger lineup.
Why the Hurricane Charger Might Be Ok
First off, before anyone begins organizing a lynching, hear me out on why the rumored Hurricane engine might be an ok option for the next generation Dodge Charger.
The next gen Charger is expected to be built on the new Alfa Romeo Giulia platform and there are rumors (again, supported by insider information) that the next Dodge sedan will still be a large vehicle, but it will be a bit smaller and a considerable amount lighter. Some reports suggest that the base Charger could weight around 3,500lb, some 500lbs lighter than the current base Charger. At the same time, the twin turbocharged 4-cylinder Hurricane engine is expected to pack around 300 horsepower and, more importantly, it will likely offer far more than the 260lb-ft of torque.
In other words, the TT 4-cylinder should have a little more horsepower and a lot more torque, so when you plug that engine into a lighter next gen Charger, we should have a new large Dodge sedan that will offer better performance than the current V6-powered base Charger.
Of course, this new engine and lighter chassis will almost lead to a Dodge Charger that is far more efficient than the current V6 Charger and that could lead to improved fleet fuel economy figures. Those improved fleet figures could allow the company to continue offering the Hellcat Hemi while still improving their overall fleet fuel economy – thus conforming to the bothersome CAFÉ laws.
You might be asking how the addition of a 4-cylinder engine to the Charger lineup might help preserve the Hellcat. Here’s how:
CAFÉ laws state that by 2025, all automakers must reach an average fuel economy figure of 54.5 miles per gallon, but it is important to understand what that means. Some people seem to think that it means that every vehicle will have to get 54mpg, but that isn’t the case at all. CAFÉ laws are based on the overall fuel economy of the fleet and that average is weighted by sales volume.
Say that Company A sells 10 examples of Vehicle A that gets 50 miles per gallon in 2020. I understand that every automaker sells more than 10 vehicles per year, but I have simplified the numbers to make the math easier. To get the CAFÉ fleet fuel economy number, you divide the total number of vehicles sold by the average fuel economy numbers of each vehicle.
Since all 10 vehicles get 50mpg, the average fuel economy for Vehicle A would account for a factor of 0.2 and when you divide the total number of vehicles sold in 2020 (10 vehicles), you get an overall fleet fuel economy average of 50mpg under café laws.
Now, say that in 2021, Company A sells 10 more examples of Vehicle A which still get 50mpg, but they also sell one example of Vehicle B, which only gets 10mpg. Vehicle A would still have a factor of 0.2 while Vehicle B would have a factor of just 0.1. To get the 2021 CAFÉ number, we add together those two factor numbers for a total of 0.3 and we divide the total number of vehicles sold (11) by that number – leading to an... [Read More]
By Patrick Rall, LxForums Editorial Staff
When the difference in sales figures between the Dodge Challenger, the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro is discussed, the fact that there is no Challenger convertible often comes up. The Mustang and Camaro are both offered in droptop form, but the modern Challenger has never been offered from the factory as a convertible.
However, the rumors swirling around the future of the Dodge Challenger suggest that when it rolls onto the new Alfa-based chassis architecture, the company will look to compete more closely with the Mustang and the Camaro. To achieve this, the Challenger will allegedly be a bit smaller and lighter, but it could also be offered as a convertible.
Regardless of whether or not the Challenger gets smaller and lighter in the next five years, we want to know whether a convertible option would appeal to you more than a hardtop.
Say that in 2019 – and this is purely, 100% “what if” – the Chrysler Group rolled out a new Dodge Challenger Convertible on the same underpinnings as the coupe. If, like the Mustang and Camaro, this Challenger convertible offered very comparable performance to the coupe and if Dodge could keep the price increase over the coupe in a similar range to that of the Mustang or Camaro ($5,500-7,000), would you buy a convertible instead of a coupe?
Say that Dodge priced the convertible option between the Mustang and Camaro, at $6,000. The base Challenger SXT convertible would start around $33,000 and the R/T convertible would start around $38,000. The incredible Scat Pack trimline starts at $38,995 with a fixed roof, so with the $6,000 convertible option, the 485hp Challenger droptop would start around $45,000.
Click here to head into the forum to tell us whether or not you would buy a Dodge Challenger Convertible and why.
Dodge has really out done themselves this year. You can race your friends on a 1/8 mile drag strip, win a Hellcat motor, meet Richard Rawlings from Gas Monkey Garage, and more! This is a great time to be affiliated with the one automotive brand that really "gets it".
... [Read More] **Dodge Owners - You're Invited**We’ve been invited by the Dodge brand to be their guests, Friday Aug 14th, at the Dodge display directly on Woodward Avenue.
5th Annual Woodward Party hosted by Dodge and the LxForums/ Scat Pack Forums exclusively for Dodge owners!
In celebration of the Woodward Dream Cruise the LxForums, Scat Pack Forums and Dodge are hosting an exclusive forums member party on Friday 8/14/15 from 6-9 pm on Woodward Avenue (13 Mile and Woodward)!
- We will be located smack dab in the middle of the Cruise, directly on Woodward Ave, on the best night of the entire event (Friday)
- We will be feasting on food featured by the world famous Vinsetta Garage (one of the trendiest restaurants in the area for you foodies)
- You will have full access to the Dodge exhibit at the Dream Cruise where you can check out their latest and greatest (can you say “here kitty, kitty”?) and rub elbows with the brass from Chrysler. Latest year Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis hung out with us as did Richard Rawlings from Discovery's Fast and Loud. This year we are expecting the guys from the TV programRoad Kill (who will be filming an episode)!
- Live Entertainment (the Rock band was awesome last year)
- Guess Girls
- WRIF (radio station) give aways
- Tee shirt (worth $20+)
- Roadkill Celebrities
- Prime car show parking on Woodward Ave
- We are finalizing a bunch of other cool stuff including SWAG and entertainment. Check back here for updates.
Where: 13 Mile and Woodward Ave, see map here.
When: Friday, August 14th, 6 pm to 9 pm
ATTENTION PLEASE READ:
Space is limited to 150 LX/LC/LD only (Dodge) vehicles. Party is open to Forum members and their guests. You will be mailed a parking pass, wristbands, map and instructions. You must have a parking pass to enter (for those of you from the area you know how crazy traffic and parking is on Friday). There is a zero tolerance if you do not have the proper credentials- you will not get past the Royal Oak police.
We are charging $20 per per person so that we don’t get people signing up to save a spot and then flaking out. I know this is more expensive this year but this price still does not cover our costs (It has taken me so long to post because we've been working the price down). I'll be taking care of the balance.
There are 2 steps to sign up:
1) Go here to register (if you have trouble with the form send me a PM and I will get you access. Site supporters had some issues last year)
2) Go here to pay your $20 per person. (this is per person - Rain or Shine / no refunds)
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