By Patrick Rall
My favorite of the three Moparized Dodge Dart sedans at the
recent 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas was the Dart Slingshot – the raced-up
looking sedan shown in the images above and below. This customized 2013 Dart has been modified
for the purpose of racing in the SCCA showroom stock racing ranks (similar to
the B Spec Series recently won by Jonathon Smart’s Fiat 500) with a combination
of stock features and higher performance mods; including some items currently
available from Mopar along with others that are currently prototype pieces that
could arrive in the near future.
First off, like all good showroom stock race cars, the 2013
Dodge Dart Slingshot by Mopar features an interior that has been stripped of
all items that arent needed for driving and racing purposes – most notably the
rear seat portions and a bunch of carpeting/insulation. The standard front bucket seats have also
been removed to make room for a set of lightweight Sparco race seats complete
with approved 6 point racing harnesses for the driver and passenger. Finally, a competition approved roll cage has
been added to comply with the rules of various racing leagues around the country
(while also making the interior look that much cooler).
The Dodge Dart Slingshot is powered by the standard 1.4L
MultiAir Turbo 4-cylinder engine that is found in the normal production Dart,
offering 160 horsepower and 184lb-ft of torque in stock form although the free
flowing side-exit exhaust featured on the Dart Slingshot might add a touch more
power. Mopar has also added a high
performance suspension package that will allow the Dart to handle better while
also giving the race-ready sedan a sportier stance.
The exterior of the 2013 Dodge Dart sedan was converted into
the Dart Slingshot with a bunch of items that are currently available from Mopar
along with some newer prototype items.
Mopar started by adding a carbon fiber hood with a front mounted air
inlet (PN 82213263), a front chin spoiler (PN 82213090), longer side sills (PN
82213092), a rear lower diffuser (PN 82213091) and a low profile rear spoiler
(PN 82213127) – all of which lighten the car up, improve aerodynamics and give
the car a sportier look. All of those
items are currently available from Mopar.
Next, the Slingshot got a Bright White paint job, a carbon fiber decklid
wrap, massive Mopar decals along the sides, a Mopar windshield banner, a set of
red tow hooks and the 17″ OZ race wheels wrapped in high performance Michelin
There has been a great deal of speculation as to what the
upcoming Dodge Dart SRT4 might look like and one has to wonder if we might not
see some (or all) of these aftermarket items offered as standard body bits when
the high performance Dart arrives in the next year. These components do a great job of giving the
new Dart sedan an even sportier look but you have to wonder if Mopar doesn’t have
something up their sleeves in showing off so many performance themed Dart image
vehicles ahead of the Dart SRT4 debut.