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As part of Mopar’s 75th anniversary celebration and the 2012 edition of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, Mopar and the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team collaborated with comedian Jeff Dunham on a very special project.
In concert with his crew from Palmer’s Customs of Camarillo, Calif., they created a custom 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8.
Together Mopar, SRT, and Dunham revealed the modern-day hot rod, dubbed Project UltraViolet, at the recent SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Dunham is a lifelong car enthusiast and well-known comedian who premiered his fifth special, “Minding the Monsters” on Comedy Central earlier this month and will launch his new “Disorderly Conduct” tour next month in Canada.
Under the Mopar T/A hood with functioning air scoop, is the most noteworthy change to the vehicle – a new Mopar 426 crate engine, with 515 hp and 490 lb/ft of torque.
The project also takes advantage of the new engine tuning capabilities performed by Arrington Engines, based in Martinsville, Va., which currently has Mopar-authorized tooling and software to create performance calibrations for select 2011, 2012 and 2013 model-year Chrysler Group vehicles.
Changes and details on the customized Challenger are extensive.
The vehicle is lowered 1 inch and equipped with 22-inch HRE brand performance wheels sporting a matte and semi-gloss black finish.
The rear end is wider, and larger more dramatic wheel flares are added to both front and rear to widen the body four inches and create a muscular, more sinister appearance.