By Patrick Rall
Even though it has been some 44 years since the Chrysler “Wing Cars” arrived in showrooms, the Dodge Charger Daytona is still one of the most aerodynamically perfect cars ever built. Those aerodynamics made the Daytona a monster in NASCAR back in the day but they also make the long, low (except the wing) Mopar muscle cars an exceptional choice for the Bonneville Salt Flats. This week’s Mopar Muscle Thursday feature takes a look at one of those landspeed record setting Daytonas doing some dyno testing ahead of a run along the Bonneville top speed track.
This video doesn’t show us the dyno numbers but based on the information in the comments, we know that this Dodge Charger Daytona owned by Lee Sicilio is powered by a 498 cubic inch Ray Barton Hemi. Thanks to that 930 horsepower Hemi and the supreme aerodynamics of the Daytona, this bright orange wing car set production Bonneville records with speeds topping 240 miles per hour. Considering the size of the Bonneville track, it is impossible to get a good video of a car in action on the Salt Flats but this clip gives us a great chance to listen to this Hemi powered monster as it revs past 7,000rpm.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!