Teen Pilots Manual Transmission Challenger Like a Pro
Challenger Scat Pack runs the eighth-mile in the mid-7s with a middle-schooler at the wheel.
When most of us were 14 years old, we were dreaming of the day where we could drive legally, but 14-year old Brandon Melton is already a formidable driver at the drag strip. In this video from the Mopar By Melton YouTube page, the young man is piloting his dad’s Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack with a manual transmission like he has been racing for years.
The Melton Boys Challenger Scat Pack
The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is a fantastic package, built around the 392-cubic inch, 485-horsepower SRT Hemi V8. This particular Mopar muscle car packs even more power thanks to the addition of an aftermarket camshaft, long-tube headers, three-inch exhaust and a tune while a set of drag slicks helps put the power to the ground.
Lots of people could get in a Challenger Scat Pack with the lightning-quick eight-speed automatic transmission and run solid times, but this Dodge coupe is fitted with the six-speed manual transmission. The extra pedal requires the driver to have more talent in getting off of the starting line and through the gears, and when driven by the owner of this Scat Pack car – Lenny Melton – it is capable of running the eighth-mile in the 7.69-second range while the quarter-mile takes around 11.7 seconds.
14-Year Old at the Wheel
While Lenny Melton has run mid-7s and mid-11s with his Challenger Scat Pack, he isn’t behind the wheel in this video, Instead, his 14-year old son is at the wheel. The young man isn’t old enough to legally drive on public roads, but you don’t need to have a license to go racing – you just need skill.
In this case, the young man has the skill required to get this manually-shifted Challenger down the track in impressive fashion.
After cleaning off the tires, Milton rolls to the line and stages, bringing the engine speed up as the amber lights come down. When the green lights drop, he works the clutch well enough to get the Challenger away from the line in a hurry, but without smoking the tires.
As a result, the 14-year old is able to get the car down the eighth-mile track in just 7.8 seconds, just over a tenth of a second behind his far-more-experienced dad.
Interesting Future for This Challenger
Brandon Melton has a bright future of racing Mopars ahead of him, but this Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has an interesting future as well. Right now, the drivetrain is out of the car as Lenny and his boys install a supercharged Hellcat Hemi. Needless to say, it will be running a whole lot quicker than 7s in the eighth-mile when the project is complete, and Lenny has told us that his 14-year old son will be one of the people to drive it. Of course, it will also be driven by Lenny and his older son, Austin.
In the meantime, watch the 14-year old rocket down the track in this 500-horsepower Challenger.