Wesley Motorsports, along with Dodge, Bilstein, and Kumho Tire announces 2018 race season for all-new Dodge Challenger based on a production SRT Widebody
April 6, 2018, Lansing, MI.
Wesley Motorsports is pleased to unveil its 2018 competition machine, a lightly modified Dodge Challenger Widebody with a Hellcat supercharged engine and handling upgrades inspired by the Dodge Viper ACR.
“The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is an amazing platform that handles unbelievably well,” says Wesley. “Throw in a massive amount of supercharged horsepower and it's a great recipe for Hill Climb and Time Attack competitions."
Starting with a production-spec Dodge Challenger widebody, Conrad Mohr of ACME Hi-Performance Laboratories in Statesville, North Carolina has upgraded the exterior, interior, and wheels and tires of the 2018 Challenger to be competitive in various roadcourse events while still legal for most production based classes. Suspension remains OEM with the exception of four-corner Bilstein MDS double adjustable dampers.
“Bilstein’s off-road expertise and on-track performance has allowed us to provide innovative damping solutions to FCA and SRT’s high performance light trucks and cars,” says David Lehman, Bilstein’s North American sales director. “This Wesley Motorsports Dodge Hellcat Challenger is no exception. Equipped with our MDS dampers, it is ready to take on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and #GRIDLIFE series. Bilstein, Wesley Motorsports and SRT all share the same passion for performance and winning. Whether we are in the desert, on the street or at the track, Bilstein is there to win. Our relationship with Wesley Motorsports and SRT is the result of people doing what they love and we are excited to be a part of it.”
Kevin Wesley will pilot the new Challenger at events for 2018, with the season kicking off with #GRIDLIFE in Mid-Ohio in late April, and heading to the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June. With 12.43 miles of twisting, climbing road, the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the world’s most challenging racecourses. In 2016, Wesley Motorsports set a TA2 qualifying record and finished 2nd in class with Kevin Wesley behind the wheel of a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR. For 2018, Wesley returns to the mountain in TA1 with the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, with help from Bilstein and Kumho Tire.
"We're looking forward to making our mark on the hotly contested TA1 class,” says Wesley. "Using production based cars with drivetrain modifications and limited aero improvements, TA1 (Time Attack 1) is the perfect class to maximize Hellcat power as well as leverage aero developed under the Viper ACR program. Altitude demands lots of power to be competitive, Hellcat gives us that and the advantage of a reliable factory developed platform."
For a full schedule see below, or go to WesleyMotorsports.com
2018 Racing Schedule
04/13 – 04/15 #GRIDLIFE @ Mid-Ohio
05/10 – 05/12 Global Time Attack @ Road Atlanta
06/01 – 06/03 PPIHC Testing
06/08 – 06/10 PPIHC Testing
06/17 – 06/25 PPIHC Race Week
06/29 – 07/01 #GRIDLIFE @ Autobahn
07/13 – 07/15 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals – Carlisle, PA
08/24 – 08/26 #GRIDLIFE @ Road Atlanta
10/05 – 10/07 #GRIDLIFE @ Gingerman
10/28 – 11/02 2018 SEMA Show – Las Vegas
11/07 – 11/09 Global Time Attack @ Buttonwillow
12/06 – 12/08 2018 PRI Show - Indianapolis
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
6.2 Liter Hellcat
- American Racing Headers with 3” exhaust
- ATI damper
- IHI Turbo factory supercharger
- Ignite E85 for Pikes Peak
- 850+ HP
Factory ZF 8HP90 8 speed transmission
Viper ACR Brembo Front Brake Calipers and OEM Hellcat Brembo Rear Calipers with OEM Hellcat Rotors at all corners
355/30/19 Kumho V720 ACR Front and 355/30/19 Kumho V720 ACR Rear Tires
19” x 12.5” Jongbloed X6 3 piece wheels
Bilstein MDS double adjustable dampers
Fuel Safe 22 gallon fuel cell with Radium Engineering Fuel Cell Surge Tank and dual pumps
1 ¾ “ Docol Tubing Roll Cage
Dry weight about 3,950 lbs
Viper ACR Extreme rear wing and front splitter
Amalga Composites Carbon Fiber driveshaft
Speedkore Carbon Fiber decklid
Racetech 4119 Head Restraint Composite Seat and Racetech Pro Lightweight Harness
Kumho Tire USA
Jongbloed Racing Wheels
American Racing Headers
IHI Turbo America
Ignite Racing Fuel
Lehman, Wesley & Associates
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About Wesley Motorsports
Kevin Wesley started racing in 1993 and formalized Wesley Motorsports in 2015. Recognizing a need for an organized approach to motorsports competition that combined driving skill, team organization, and promotion, the team reports the build-up and results across all contemporary forms of media. From social channels to video to traditional print, the story is integral to the team's success. Wesley has raced road races, endurance races, Time Attack, hill climbs, stage rally, autocross, TSD rally, and ice races. He currently holds the P2 record at the Mt Washington Hill Climb.