Plum Crazy 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T – XtremeXperience Wet Track Laps Are Mesmerizing (w/ HD Video!)

It might seem unlikely to kick off a five-part article series about XtremeXperience supercar track days with the slowest, heaviest car in the pitlane.

But anyone who has driven a Challenger R/T…

a) in the rain

or

b) on a racetrack

…knows that combining those two is a recipe for white knuckles, at the very least.

And more likely, one of two endgames: a crawling pace or a big spin-out into the grass. And perhaps from there into a tire-lined safety fence beside the track.

So this experience as the first outing of the day at Atlanta Motorsports Park left quite an impression.  Even from the passenger seat!

 

 

Skilled trainer and former pro racer Jim from XtremeXperience started our lap talking us through the basics of track cornering.

Outside–> in, kiss the apex, and back to the outermost edge of the track.  Making as many straight lines as possible — and doing your big acceleration and deceleration with the wheel straight-ahead — are the core basics that never hurt to keep top-of-mind.

The pace quickened on our second lap, with Jim from XX dialing in most of the Challenger R/T’s 370-horsepower through its long-throw six-speed manual.  Near the start of the third and quickest lap of ours out around the tight, hilly AMP course, we broke a bit of silence to remind Jim, “You can really drive!”

A “Challenger-tamer” we called him, moments before our first sideways flirt of the tail. It snapped back in line fairly cleanly with a lift of the throttle and opposite lock.

But this even momentary pause in driver focus sent the Challenger flailing for grip, and feeling like it wanted to exit the track ass-first.

For the XX drive guru to keep the Challenger on the knife-edge of traction on a racetrack — while the sky spit cold, fat raindrops — was an inspiring start to the day.

A day when our chariots of fire would pack a minimum of 562-horsepower…!?

That’s how the slowest car on the track became the most alive with skill.  All thanks to a slick track and very, very skilled driver.  Just those two things?

And, one might add, a musclecar that loathes wet corners!  At least ones with guardrails so close out the side windows.

Final note?  The Challenger R/T easily cruised up to the 110-mph top ends also seen in the hypercars at the end of the rain-soaked AMP straightaway’s 1200-feet.

 

Save $50 on your supercar track drive by using discount code CRDXX50 when booking online at xxspeed.com.

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NOLA Motorsports Park, LA

Feb 12-Dec 23, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.8 Miles

Turns: 12

Longest Straight: 3200 ft

 

 

 

Atlanta Motorsports Park, GA

Apr 22-24, 2016

1-Lap Length: 2 Miles

Turns: 16

Longest Straight: 1200 ft

 

 

 

Raceway Park Englishtown, NJ

May 13-15, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.3 Miles

Turns: 13

Longest Straight: 1400 ft

 

 

 

NCM Motorsports Park, KY

May 20-21, 2016

1-Lap Length: 2 Miles

Turns: 7

Longest Straight: 2000 ft

 

 

 

Pittsburgh Intl Race Complex, PA

Jun 10-12, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.65 Miles

Turns: 12

Longest Straight: 1700 ft

 

 

 

Charlotte Motor Speedway, NC

Jun 17-18, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.4 Miles

Turns: 11

Longest Straight: 600 ft

 

 

 

Summit Point Raceway, WV

Jul 8-10, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.12 Miles

Turns: 7

Longest Straight: 1500 ft

 

 

 

M1 Concourse, MI

Aug 5-7, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.5 Miles

Turns: 10

Longest Straight: 2,000 ft

 

 

 

Palmer Motorsports Park, MA

Aug 13-14, 2016

1-Lap Length: 2.3 Miles

Turns: 14

Longest Straight: 2000 ft

 

 

 

Autobahn Country Club, IL

Aug 19-21, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.46 Miles

Turns: 9

Longest Straight: 1237 ft

 

 

 

Blackhawk Farms Raceway, IL

Sep 16-18, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.95 Miles

Turns: 7

Longest Straight: 2000 ft

 

 

 

Driveway Austin, TX

Sep 18, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.5 Miles

Turns: 14

Longest Straight: 2500 ft

 

 

 

New Jersey Motorsports Park, NJ

Sep 23-25, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.9 Miles

Turns: 10

Longest Straight: 1700 ft

 

 

 

Pittsburgh Intl Race Complex, PA

Oct 7-9, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.65 Miles

Turns: 12

Longest Straight: 1700 ft

 

 

 

Michigan Intl Speedway, MI

Oct 14-16, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.4 Miles

Turns: 8

Longest Straight: 2300 ft

 

 

Autobahn Country Club, IL

Oct 21-23, 2016

1-Lap Length: 1.46 Miles

Turns: 9

Longest Straight: 1237 ft

 

 

 

Atlanta Motorsports Park, GA

Nov 11-13, 2016

1-Lap Length: 2 Miles

Turns: 16

Longest Straight: 1200 ft 

 

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