Dodge Durango SRT Pursuit Racing with the Redeye
Anyone remember the Dodge Durango Pursuit? Having made its initial debut in 2018 and again in 2019 (the model year), the Dodge Durango Pursuit is a pretty fancy vehicle for the men and women in blue. Only available to those in the police force, the Dodge Durango Pursuit was on display at the National Sheriffs Association Show in 2018. With news on Dodge vehicles starting to die down a bit, we did a little digging, and the craziest thing is going on. Although the concept will most likely never see the light of day, the newest Dodge Durango Pursuit is powered by the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye engine. Wait, what?
It’s unlikely that a Dodge Durango SRT vehicle capable of generating 797 horsepower will be hitting the streets anytime soon, but that isn’t stopping the automaker from building it anyway. Created by the engineers in Dodge SRT performance department, the SRT Pursuit Concept was created for an upcoming special event. Also known as the 4,000 mile One Lap of America race, driving teams cover huge amounts of distance across the United States in seven days. During the race, there are also several on-track challenges to overcome, and that’s where the Durango SRT Pursuit may be the better choice versus a high-performance muscle car.
In 2018, SRT engineer David Carr and journalist David Hakim won the Truck/SUV class of the One Lap of America event with a 475hp Durango and have no intention of dropping the title now. Under the hood is the same 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8 engine that powers the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, able to generate 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. To turn the police SUV into a vehicle for the race track, a few additions were also added. These consist of a low-restriction, free-flow, stainless-steel, cat-back exhaust system; a unique set of 20-inch wheels wrapped in performance Pirelli P-Zero tires; upgraded brakes with 15.7-inch front and 13.8-inch rear Brembo brakes; and a lowered suspension of a 0.6-inch lower ride height.
The concept is being called the “Speed Trap”, a play on law enforcement traffic citations that usually deal with drivers speeding. To add to the look of the Dodge Durango SRT Pursuit, the concept also added lights, sirens, and a ton of graphics across the exterior. The inside of the concept is mostly the same, but with the high-performance engine under the hood, a four-point roll bar and five-point safety harness have been added per racing safety regulations.
It sounds ridiculous, but when it comes to defending a title over 4,000 miles, drivers will need all the power they can get. Again, don’t expect this to be more than a concept, but if it ever goes into production, criminals better watch out. The annual One Lap of America race, is already taking place, from May 4 to 11, 2019. Racers will compete at eight tracks in seven different states over the course of the week. Be sure to follow along with Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram social media and watch the three-row SUV compete with the power of the Hellcat under the hood.