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
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