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by David Zalstein

A mental 447kW RallyCross version of the new 2013 Dodge Dart will sprint from 0-100km/h in a space-time continuum-disturbing 1.9 seconds.

The all-business Dodge Dart has been put together by Dodge and SRT Motorsports to compete in the Global RallyCross Championships in the US. The only man alive crazy enough to jump in the driver’s seat, four-time Rally America Champion and 17-time X Games gold medallist, Travis Pastrana, will be behind the wheel.

The SRT Dodge Dart is motivated by a heavily re-worked version of the 137kW/231Nm factory 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine fettled to churn out 600hp (447kW) with a Sedav four-wheel drive set-up left to deal with the 745Nm of torque.

While the new production Dodge Dart may be the spiritual successor to the original 1960s Dart, the left-hand-drive small sedan is the first vehicle developed under the new Fiat-Chrysler partnership and is based on the Alfa Romeo Guilietta platform.

The Global RallyCross Championship debuted at X Games 16 in 2010 and is a motorsport melting pot that combines circuit racing, off-road racing and rally into one format.

Competition in the series won’t be easy for either car or driver with other confirmed entrants for the 2012 series including 2011 Global RallyCross champion and three-time X Games Rally gold medallist Tanner Foust, two-time World Rally champion Marcus Grönholm, 2011 X Games Rally gold medallist Liam Doran, Formula Drift champion Rhys Millen, BMX legend Dave Mirra, and world-renowned slide-king Ken Block.

Although the image released is just a rendering the SRT Dodge Dart will make its official public debut at the New York motor show next month. Chrysler has previously indicated to CarAdvice that if right-hand-drive versions of the road-going Dart were made, it would certainly consider them for our market.

The first race of the Global RallyCross Championship will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina on May 26. Good darts.




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