Chip Foose Designs a 2012 Dodge Challenger for WD-40/SEMA Cares Car




This marked the third year that WD40 has teamed up with the SEMA Cares group to build a custom vehicle to auction at the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction in January 2012. The sale of theChallenger will benefit two designated charities; Childhelp and the XX Junction Gang. Previously auctioned, customized cars included a Chevrolet Camaro SS and a Ford Mustang GT. So while the project stays “top secret” all year - we expected that the companies involved may build a Dodge Challenger given its popularity in high profile car markets.

The 2012 WD40/SEMA Cares car is a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, packing an incredible 470 horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque, all of which is sent to the wheels with the help of a 6-speed Tremec manual transmission. In addition to making this year’s project car the most powerful of the three offered thus far, the WD40 and SEMA Cares group employed the help of famous vehicle designer Chip Foose to make a truly special vehicle sporting the WD40 colors.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 built for this year’s SEMA Show is less “blue and yellow” than the WD40 Mustang and Camaro, showcasing a predominantly black and yellow scheme accented by a subtle blue pin stripe running along the lower portion of the vehicle. Finally, the exterior of this one-of-a-kind Challenger SRT8 features a set of Foose wheels measuring 20” up front and 21” our back - all of which are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero high performance tires. This car sizzles! The body of this Challenger has been enhanced with a front fascia and rear spoiler from Street Scene finished in BASF paints custom mixed by Chip Foose.

“I’ve used WD-40 Multi-Use Product for as long as I can remember and continue to use it every day in my shop, so when WD-40 Company asked me to help design and build their charity vehicle, I jumped at the chance,” said Chip Foose. “A lot of hard work went into making this custom 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 unique, and I hope it turns heads and raises a lot of money for these two very deserving charities.”

The work that Chip Foose put into the 2011 WD40/SEMA Cares project Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 makes for an amazing exterior look but that was not where the group stopped - by a long shot. The handling has been improved with help from the folks at Hotchkis including their stage 1 kit with sport coil springs and sway bars while a K&N cold air intake and MagnaFlow exhaust system help the 392 cubic inch Hemi make more than the original 470 horsepower. Finally, an ACT twin clutch package helps reduce the mass on the engine, allowing the big Hemi to pump power to the wheels more efficiently.

The WD40/SEMA Cares 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 will hit various automotive events around the west coast, including being on display at the Drive the Dream Gala before landing at the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction in January in Scottsdale, Arizona. The proceeds of the auction will once again go to the Victory Junction Gang and Childhelp - two organizations that provide support to kids around the country. The winner of the Challenger will not only get an amazing collectable but they will be helping two great causes at the same time.

Taken from Torque News by Partick Rall.

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