The News for July 20th, 2018

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Dodge throws Demon parts at R/T Scat Pack to create 1320 package

  • Ford is on track for a record F-Series sales year

  • Ford to re-open GT applications for the remaining ~250 cars

  • What’s your automotive news?

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320

There are currently 16 ways to order a Dodge Challenger but Dodge has still felt the need to come up with another. Say hello to the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, which as the name implies is a drag-oriented muscle car with the “grassroots drag racer in mind“. With a tagline like that you’d expect it to be a 3rd owner mule that was rebuilt in a garage with bare hands and not a brand-new car that someone had to pay a markup on, but I digress.
It does take its 1320 namesake seriously though as many of the drag strip-focused enhancements carried by the Challenger SRT Demon find their way here. Think of the R/T Scat Pack 1320 as a Demon Light with most of the same enhancements found in the Demon but with 43% fewer calories ponies to manage.
The tried and true 392 Hemi V8 continues to deliver 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque as with all Scat Packs, but the 1320 package mandates that it be paired to an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission.
Helping to make the most of its straight line potential is the addition of TransBrake, Torque Reserve, Line Lock (mandatory on all muscle cars), performance-tuned asymmetrical limited-slip differential with 3.09 final drive, and the same extreme-duty 41-spline half shafts found on the Demon.
Because you still need traction to effectively launch all that power, Dodge selected specially-developed Nexen SUR4G Drag Spec 275/40R20 street-legal drag radials for the job. One reason for the selection is that engineers managed consistent run times with minimal burnout preparation at the drag strip. They apparently generate enough grip to require knurled bead seats to limit tire slip on the wheel. Another useful feature that was added is the SRT-tuned Adaptive Damping Suspension with Drag Mode, a setting that allows for more weight transfer towards the rear for better traction on launch.

The usual list of interior and tech features found in the regular R/T Scat Pack carry over, but there are two options that are unique to the 1320 – the passenger seat and the back seats. This gimmick grassroots drag racing feature is borrowed from the Demon as well and means the standard R/T Scat Pack 1320 comes with just the driver’s seat for maximum weight reduction. The passenger seat and rear bench can be bought back for $1 each.
To answer the all important question of how well this all works, Dodge offers up the numbers that matter. The R/T Scat Pack 1320 runs said 1320 in 11.7 seconds at 115 mph, which is a 0.3 second improvement over the regular R/T Scat Pack. That doesn’t sound like much but three-tenths of a second is a decent gap in the world of racing. Its 0-60 mph time is also cut by 0.3 seconds down to 3.8 seconds.
To answer the even more important question of whether or not it’s worth it, consider this. The R/T Scat Pack starts at $38,995, not including the $1,395 destination charge. The 1320 pack with all the new features and the 0.3 second time reduction is a $3,995 option. However, by forcing you to get the 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, that adds an additional $1,595 to the asking price. So the true price premium for the 1320 package is $5,590, which comes out to $1,863.33 per tenth of a second that’s saved when the Christmas tree goes green. #grassroots
[Source: Dodge]

Ford F-Series on Track to Break Sales Record

Perhaps its a sign of the times or simply a testament to Ford’s dominant position in the truck market, but Ford is on track to break their own annual sales record with the F-Series. The benchmark is 939,511 F-Series sold throughout the calendar year of 2004.
This forecast from Automotive News comes after Ford’s first half results proved to be even better than they were in 2004 at this point. From the beginning of January to the end of June, Ford has sold over 450,000 trucks which they say is a 4.2% gain over 2004’s first half numbers. That astronomical figure equates to one F-Series sold every 35 seconds.
The report explains that this trend is very much expected to continue as 52% of F-Series sales typically occur within the last half of the year. If they’re already ahead by this much and still have 52% to go, we could see as many as 941,000 or more sold by the end of the year. All this despite the fact that both Chevrolet and Dodge just dramatically redesigned their trucks and Ford had to shut down production for a week due to the supplier fire would be a remarkable achievement.
[Source: Automotive News via Autoweek]

Ford Will Re-open GT Applications

According to a report from MotorAuthority, Ford will be re-opening its Ferrari-esque application program for their hand-built GT supercar. Of the some 6,000 that applied previously, 500 were picked for the first batch of 2016-2017 cars and then 250 were picked after production was expanded by two years. With 1,000 units confirmed for production, there are still some 250 cars still up for grabs.
So if you’re like other Hooniverse readers and don’t mind a bit of paperwork for the chance that you’ll be given the privilege of buying a $450,000 Ford GT, the report claims the application process will be open again in the fourth quarter of this year. Based on what we’ve learned so far throughout the GT’s lifespan, it helps if you’re a celebrity, collector, or racing driver affiliated with Ford, but I hear being a YouTube “influencer” is a plus.
[Source: MotorAuthority]

What’s your automotive news?

That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.
Have a good weekend.
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26 responses to “The News for July 20th, 2018”

  1. P161911 Avatar

    My automotive new, the Silverado is now on its third transmission in 7 years and 96k miles. A shaft on the first one snapped at about 33k miles and it got replaced under warranty. The warranty on the replacement was only until the 5 year/100k powertrain ran out in Feb. of 2016. The good news is that the ancient 4L60E 4-speed is only 2/3 of the cost to rebuild that the 6 speed that came with a V-8 would have been.

    1. Smaglik Avatar

      Glad it’s fixed, but that really sucks

    2. ptschett Avatar

      I thought my 1996 Thunderbird’s transmission history with Ford’s 4R70W 4-speed automatic was bad… #1 got it to 2002 and 85k miles, #2 to 2005 & 135k, and when #3 goes the decision for a long time has been that the car goes to the junkyard.

  2. Greg Kachadurian Avatar
    Greg Kachadurian

    My news is I was invited to go photograph and drive the new and improved F-150 Lightning Tribute. Round 2 should be coming up somewhat soon >:)

  3. Zentropy Avatar

    NOTHING is happening in my automotive news, which is depressing. Family obligations have sidelined much-needed suspension work on the E28. Oh well, it’s a black-on-black car, and the A/C doesn’t work, and it’s hot as balls here. Just as well.
    On the bright side, I am enjoying my latest Blipshift shirt.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      Yeah, these people who are supposed to enrich your life… And then they complain about your choice of nerdy wardrobe.

      1. Zentropy Avatar

        Haha! Exactly.

  4. MattC Avatar

    Finally looking at some forward momentum in fixing/restoring my “73 Super Beetle. I bought it at a yard sale for $500 in 2013. I removed the spark plugs, sprayed Marvels Mystery Oil in the holes and buttoned it back up and then proceeded to have it occupy my garage untouched until now. Why so long?Life happens and my initial timeline was thrown out as family/work/work travel obligation dominated my time. A longtime friend reached out to me recently and offered to help (he is a gearhead’s gearhead) so that was the proverbial kick in the pants to get moving. The engine hasn’t leaked (shocker)/ the master cylinder did(not a shocker considering it sat). So I will attempt to replace that and bleed it before towing it to my friend’s house. Fingers crossed

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    The Panther Watercar has seen some exposure in Norway the last couple of weeks. Has any of you tried it? Not sure if this works, but about 1 min 50 s in this gets interesting:
    Couple of hours ago I change oil and filter on both cars. Super minor job for most, but including emptying the garage of biblical amounts of useless crap in order to drive the cars in, this feels like a sufficient “this week’s car news” for me.

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      I too spend more time moving crap out of the way to work on my car, than I actually do working on my car. And, my wife claims that the space not occupied by the kids’ bikes, scooters, and basketballs is for HER CAR ONLY. I typically wait to do major work only when she’s away for a few days on business trips.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Does she have the nicer car, too? Funny thing ia that our garage was build for a ’60s Opel Kadett. My wife’s VX30 Camry, huge by any European measure, barely fits in. I can tell which end of my BMI yoyo I am on trying to leave the car.

    2. nanoop Avatar

      Every time I see a workshop bill distinguishing between .25 and 1/3rd of an hour I’m like “that is how long it takes to find the 19mm spanner in my ‘shop, or to lift the left side of the car.”

  6. Lokki Avatar

    The automotive news here can pretty be summarized by saying that the outdoor thermometer in the car was registering 108 degrees F 30 minutes ago. For those of you forced to give up the measurement units of your native culture by the tyrannical EU bureaucrats in Belgium that’s 42 degrees C. For you Brits who can’t decide whether you want to stay C or return to F, I’ll just say it’s a temperature where you have to down your beer in two goes or it will get too warm for even an Irishman to drink.

  7. nanoop Avatar

    No car news, but I will put myself happily under peer pressure by saying: I gonna build a boat next week, the sawhorses were built today (“14 minutes sawhorse” the name is untrue advertisement, but the product is good and rather easy to obtain indeed).
    In the hooniversal spirit, it will be a plywood canoe, as simple as possible, preserved from decomposition only by a layer of boat paint.

    1. Victor Avatar

      Bon Voyage

    2. Batshitbox Avatar

      I’m moving into a warehouse space with a guy who also wants to build boats, so we may actually get around to making one. I think it’s going to be one of Dynamite Payson’s Instant Catboats (“Instant” also untrue advertisement.)

  8. outback_ute Avatar

    Using adaptive tech to approximate 90/10 shocks is not a bad idea. I wonder how much work is going into the next generation car though?

  9. Manic_King Avatar

    Seems that truck- art scene is alive and kicking in Northern- Europe based on a pix from a truck show I didn’t went to. Some are long way on a wrong side of good taste, but at least the Finns and Swedes keep tradition alive. Gallery link:

    1. Manic_King Avatar

      I did went to beach though and saw this black RB mystery car which is built on some U.S. SUV probably, some of you can surely say which one based on dash inside:

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        A Volvo TP21 “Sugga” body (or replica) that has been lengthened/widened and put on an F350 chassis.

        1. Manic_King Avatar

          GIS shows quite a many of these exist, but only some have low-on-the-door doorhandles so some probably are on a different chassis configurations.

    2. Scoutdude Avatar

      Wow the paint on the purple tanker and the “Red Devil” are insane. I can’t imagine the amount of work to do all 3 pieces, not to mention the sheer quantity of materials.

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        And then there is the upkeep, on working trucks!

  10. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    coilovers for the Miata are in, just in time for the trunk to get stuck shut so i can’t access the rears. great. also, i can’t access anything in the trunk, which includes my work laptop.
    well, i signed up for this when i bought another old car.

  11. Alff Avatar

    Spent the weekend addressing some “safety” issues on a new to me ’95 F-150, so that I can transfer title and register in MO. Missouri has inspections, it’s a bit of a racket. The worst is a leaking exhaust manifold due to several stripped studs. Had a lot of fun putting helicoils in the head without removing said manifold. Always a joy dealing with rusty decades old fasteners and working in tight spaces. I am now pretty skilled at shortening drill bits on the bench grinder.