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Dodge Hurst Hemi Dart

Dodge Hurst Hemi Dart

Manufacturers used drag racing to display their products in the 1960s. The 1968 Hurst Hemi Dart was very successful in the NHRA Super Stock class, with no Vehicle coming close. Hurst Performance and Chrysler built the 72 cars as stripped-out racers. They had the radio, heater, rear seats, sound-deadening and windows winders removed, had the battery mounted in the trunk and came in flat grey primer ready for racing paint schemes. The front fenders and hood were glass-fibre, while the steel doors and fenders were acid-dipped to thin them, and thus lose more weight. Bigger rear arches were fitted to cater for the large slick tyres and a Dana axle was fitted with 4.88:1 race gears. With 12.5:1 compression, a forged Crank, solid lifter cam and twin Holley four-barrel carbs, the engine was highly tuned and was eventually rated at a more truthful 500bhp (373kW) by the NHRA.

Dodge Hurst Hemi Dart Specifications

Top speed:140 mph (224 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):3.6 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:426 ci (6,980 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:425 bhp (317 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:480 lb ft (650 Nm) @ 4,600 rpm
Weight:3,000 lb (1,361 kg)
Economy:6 mpg (2.1 km/I)

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