By Patrick Rall
Roughly three years ago, the Chrysler’s Mopar division teamed up with Magneti Marelli to create the Dodge Avenger Rally Car Concept. This modified version of the normal production Avenger never went any further than the concept/test car shown in action in the video below but this front wheel drive Avenger was the first indication that Dodge would be going rally racing. In short, this Avenger Rally Car Concept paved the way for the Dodge Dart RallyCross race car that experienced a very short stint of racing success over the past two years.
The video doesn’t show a whole lot of rally racing action with this Dodge Avenger but we do get a couple quick clips of the Avenger rally hooning it up at one of the Chrysler Group testing facilities. The video also features interviews with Mopar’s Pietro Gorlier and SRT’s Ralph Gilles – both of whom spend some time talking about the Avenger Rally Car Concept and why they opted to base this early rally concept on the Avenge. This concept racer gave Mopar a chance to show off some of the available performance goodies for the Dodge Avenger and the 3.6L Pentastar V6 but more importantly, this reminds us that the Chrysler Group is always working on the next big performance option for owners of all shapes and sizes.