Video: Dodge Dart to race in Global RallyCross with Travis Pastrana

Travis Pastrana will be running in the Global RallyCross Championships this year driving a heavily modified Dodge Dart rally car. The car has been developed by Dodge and SRT Motorsports.

Boasting a 0-60mph (97km/h) time of just 1.9 seconds, the Dodge Dart rally car features a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing a mega 447kW of power and 745Nm of torque. Power is fed through a Sedav all-wheel drive system.

Pastrana recently spoke about the series and the new car, saying,

“When I first heard about GRC, I was really interested, and after watching some of the rounds last year and then actually competing at X Games I was hooked. The new Dodge Dart offers the perfect platform for rally cross, and I look forward to putting it on the podium all season long!”

The Dart features a completely stripped out interior ready for racing, with a chunky roll cage and racing instruments. Meanwhile, outside, the Dart is transformed into a rally racing machine, with new spoilers and aerodynamic revisions over the road-going 2013 Dodge Dart.

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The 2012 Global RallyCross Championships schedule is as follows, with the Dodge Dart ready to debut at the first round on May 26.

  • May 26 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • June 10 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • June 30 – X Games, Los Angeles
  • July 1 – X Games, Los Angeles
  • July 14 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Sept. 1 – TBD
  • Sept. 29 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Click play on the video below for a bit of a preview of the new car.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.