By Patrick Rall
Ken Block’s videos showing him tearing through various
settings in his rally cars are awesome but you know what is even awesomer? Watching Travis Pastrana put the new Dodge
Dart Rally Car through similar paces for the first time courtesy of the short
Since the new Dodge Dart rally program featuring
championship rally driver Travis Pastrana was introduced last week, we didn’t know
exactly what the new Dart rally car would look like (or sound like) but thanks
to the first video of Pastrana and his 600 horsepower all wheel drive Dart
rally car in action–we know more about the new SRT Motorsports race program.
First and foremost, the video shows very clearly how awesome
the new Dodge Dart rally car is as Travis Pastrana tears around the tarmac and
dirt roads of the Chrysler Chelsea Proving Grounds. From the first time we hear the 600
horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine roar to life, it is like sweet music
to a modern Mopar-lovers ears. Seeing
the new Dart rally car sliding through turns, tearing through the dirt and
slamming through a deep puddle (that tears off the back bumper) is a great
precursor to what Pastrana will be doing with the Dart in the upcoming Global RallyCross
series starting in late May.
Another interesting thing that we learn from this Dodge Dart
rally car video is the sponsors of the new race team. Pastrana has brought the Red Bull Racing
sponsorship with him from his previous ventures and tire retail giant Discount
Tire joins the energy drink to assist Travis in his first season with Dodge and
Anyways, enough with the chatter…check out the video below
of the new Dart rally car in action!