Truckin Fast Wednesdays: Turbocharged Dodge Dakota RT Runs 10s

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The Dodge Dakota RT was well known for being one of the fastest normal production trucks available in the US but for some people, that factory power wasn’t quite enough.  Today’s Truckin Fast Wednesday feature looks at one such Dakota RT that is equipped with a custom turbocharger setup that allows this particularly regular cab/short bed 2g Dakota to scream down the quarter mile in just 10.76 seconds.

Unfortunately, the cameraman doesn’t zoom at all as the turbocharged Dodge Dakota RT rips down the drag strip and judging by the quality of the video, I would guess that this run was captured on a GoPro camera that doesn’t offer any zoom capabilities.  Because the cameraman doesn’t zoom on the truck, we cannot see what this Dakota runs but we know from the narrator that this fast black Dodge pickup turned in an elapsed time of 10.76 seconds.

The information explains that this Dodge Dakota RT is powered by a 360 cubic inch Magnum V8 that has been fitted with reinforced connecting rods, J&E pistons, custom ported Mopar cylinder heads, a custom camshaft setup and a stainless steel front mount turbo package with an SCT Tuner bringing all of those components together to make some serious power.  This Dakota’s best run was a 10.57 at 125 miles per hour but on this video the midsized Dodge pickup runs 10.76 – which is still pretty truckin fast.  Enjoy!

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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