Fastest Dodge Challenger V6 Owner Dreamed of His Car Since Concept Days
Here is Joe Bowman from Richmond, VA in his own words, sharing the story of his car.
I always wanted a Challenger when I was a kid. So this gave me a second chance at being an owner of a modern looking Challenger. I was so excited when Dodge made it a concept then put it on the market.
This car is the fastest (LX/LC) V6 Challenger in the world! It wasn't meant to be, I just got carried away. From there I wanted to prove that no Hemi was needed. At a lower cost of course. At the price range of a new RT I saved myself about 10k and SRT about 20k. I couldn't even buy a used one (RT/SRT) and put 7k in it to run 11's with a total of 27k in the V6 car.
I purchased this Challenger for 20,000 dollars on a used car lot at a Dodge dealer in August of 2011. It had 30,000 miles on it. I thought it was a good deal. I traded in my 2007 Charger. Unfortunately, the bank wouldn't let me keep both of them, nor my wallet.
It was in a really good condition for a car that had 30,000 miles on it. I live in Richmond, Va. and there was a guy in Virginia Beach looking for someone as local as possible to check out a supercharger kit he was developing for the 3.5 V6. My plans were never to make this car go fast, it just kinda snowballed once I rode in his SC'd V6 Challenger. I was sold. After adding the SC I also put in a 364 rear gear, 3500 stall converter, meth injection and a 100 shot of nitrous. This got me into the high 11's. I was stoked, but a lot of the V8 guys weren't. In the past three months I have added race cams and heads, headers, ported intake and eventually a new Vortech SC with a new dyno tune of course. Our local drag strip opens up on March 1st, 2014 and I am hoping to run a 10:99 or better. Thus, I have got three months to get it ready.
The worlds fastest V6 Challenger. Runs 11:92 in the 1/4 mile. 0-60 in 3.8 seconds.
Challenger owners know there is always a story related to their car. But besides dropping the jaws of some unsuspecting loud V8 Mustang or Camaro as they try to keep up, I did get my car signed by Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of the SRT Brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler Group LLC at Moparpalooza last year.
As I wrote above, I live in Richmond, Va., close to two drag strips. Love tinkering with cars ever since I had a 85 Shelby Charger. I have been a Chrysler buff because of that car and what it could do as a 4 banger FWD. Particularly the Dodge division is my favorite. I enjoy my job as a mobile DJ for over 20 years but sometimes I do miss my weekends having to work and not being with my family to enjoy some of the holidays with them.
So back to my original question. White letters on tires. Yay or nay?