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Dodge Ram SRT 10 - Sport Truck News

Joe Pettitt
Jun 1, 2004
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Viper-powered Ram SRT-10 Claims "World's Fastest Production Pickup Truck" Guiness Title
The Dodge Ram SRT-10 unleashed its Viper power on February 2, 2004, taking its place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the World's Fastest Production Pickup Truck. In a new release, Dodge said the truck that set the new world record came directly off the Saltillo, Mexico, assembly line and was not modified in any way for additional power or enhanced aerodynamics. The Dodge Ram SRT-10 posted a two-lap, both-directions average speed of 154.587 mph over a "flying kilometer" on the 4.71-mile oval at the DaimlerChrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea. The record run by the Dodge Ram SRT-10 was certified by the Guiness Book of World Records and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). The previous record was 147.54 mph, set last July by the Ford SVT F-150 Lightning, before the Dodge Ram SRT-10 went into production.
According to the Guiness Book of World Records rules, the record speed had to be the average of two 1-kilometer runs in opposite directions along the same track, made within an hour of one another. The timing equipment had to be certified as accurate to within 1/1000th of a second, and supplied and operated by a qualified third party. The speed of each run was timed by means of sensors at the start and finish of the measured kilometer, thus giving an average speed over the full distance.
Behind the wheel of the Ram SRT-10 in the record-setting run was Brendan Gaughan, a six-time winner in a Dodge Ram in the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). Gaughan will make his NASCAR Nextel Cup debut at the Daytona 500 in the No. 77 Kodak Dodge.
Hein Le Roux, research team member at the Guiness Book of World Records, traveled from the company's London headquarters to monitor the record run.
Dodge Recalls 3.7L and 4.7L Durango for Throttle Control Cable Replacement
In a news release, Dodge says it has determined that the throttle cable on '04 Dodge Durango vehicles equipped with 3.7L and 4.7L engines could potentially ingest water and freeze during extended cold temperatures. As a precautionary measure, the 5,000 customers affected by this issue will receive, free of charge, a cable that provides improved sealing capability. Vehicles in dealer inventory will be retrofitted with the new cable, and new vehicles will have the improved design.
The all-new-for-'05 Tacoma X-Runner sport truck made its debut at the 2004 Chicago Auto Show and is scheduled to arrive in showrooms this summer. The new Tacoma is larger than its current compact-truck dimensions. Compared with the previous-generation Tacoma S-Runner, the Tacoma X-Runner has a wheelbase 5 inches longer and a track that's 4 inches wider. The increased size translates to an extra 4-1/2 inches of interior shoulder and hip room.
The X-Runner is a factory performance sport truck that uses an exclusive X-braced reinforced frame for enhanced torsional rigidity. The X-Runner chassis will sit 1 full inch lower than the standard Tacoma frame and rests on 18-inch 45-series V-rated performance radials wrapped around alloy wheels. The performance rate springs at all four corners are backed with specially tuned Bilstein gas shocks, which are positioned outboard of the framerails for increased stability. Large-diameter stabilizer bars with firmer bushings are at both front and rear. A limited-slip differential will be standard.
Power comes from a 4.0L 240hp V-6 engine with 275 pounds of torque and a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission - yee haa! For the hard-core sport truck enthusiast, a TRD-developed, fully factory-warranted supercharger system will be offered that pumps the power up to near 300 ponies. The Tacoma X-Runner will be capable of 0-to-60 acceleration in 7 seconds; quicker with the optional supercharger system.
Handling is said to be impressive. Toyota is claiming the X-Runner's road-holding ability was measured by an electronic accelerometer in excess of 0.9 g's of lateral acceleration. The company was quick to point out that that's not only significantly better than any truck on the market, it repeatedly performed better than many sports cars, including the new Nissan 350-Z. It's getting very interesting in the truck market. Stay tuned.
X-Runner Specs
Engine:
4.0L V-6 24-valve DOHC with VVT-I
Horsepower: 240
Torque: 275 lb-ft
Expected EPA Emissions Rating: Ultra Low Emission (ULEV)
Transmission:
Six-speed close-ratio manual
Exterior Dimensions (inches)
Wheelbase: 127.4
Overall Length: 207
Overall Width: 71.8
Overall Height: 63.8
Bed Dimensions (inches)
Bed Length: 74.5
Bed Width at Top Rail: 58.6
Wheelwell Width: 44.3
Bed Depth: 17
Nine of Ten Vehicles Tested by BAR Are in Compliance with California Exhaust Noise Law
The California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) reports that approximately 90 percent of the nearly 600 vehicles that have undergone the state's new exhaust-noise test have been certified to be in compliance with California law. BAR began operation of the motor vehicle exhaust-noise testing program in late summer 2003. The program, the product of a SEMA-sponsored law, allows California hobbyists to prove their vehicles comply with state noise standards.
The law also allows courts to dismiss citations for exhaust systems that have been tested and for which a certificate of compliance has been issued. The 40 smog check stations that provide referee functions are performing the test. These referee stations are issuing certificates of compliance for vehicles when tests of their exhaust systems demonstrate that they emit no more than 95 decibels under SAE test procedure J1169. However, only those vehicles that have received a citation for an exhaust-noise violation are permitted to submit their vehicle for the test.
BAR has yet to issue a regulation to provide for the cost to consumers for performing the test. Tests are currently being performed at no cost to consumers. BAR has established a toll-free number [(800) 622-7733] to accept phone calls from motorists who have received citations for excessive exhaust noise and wish to have the test performed. BAR officials have asked that cited motorists have the citation and vehicle registration information available when calling.
Bluegrass Productions to Host Five National Shows
The May Madness Nationals will be held May 28 and 29 in Mayfield, Kentucky, at Driver Motors on Hwy 45. There's $1,000 in prize money: gold trophy winner gets $500, silver gets $300, and bronze gets $200. It's an open show with Top 100 and free concerts Saturday, and live remotes from local radio stations with free giveaways all weekend. Pre-registration is $15 by May 17; registration on the day of the show is $20.
The 2004 Kruzin' Nationals Kool Kars and Hot July Nights will be held July 9-10. The show is held in Paris Landing at the Paris Landing State Resort Park on the Tennessee River. There'll be Top 150 with 10 6-foot Best of Show trophies awarded in addition to the elite gold, silver, and bronze trophies. There's going to be free concerts on Saturday and free giveaways all weekend. Pre-registration is $15 by July 2; registration on the day of the show is $20.
Chooo Chooo Nationals, September 17-18 occurs in downtown Fulton at the Pontotoc festival. There'll be Top 150 with 10 6-foot Best of Show awards; gold, silver, and bronze trophies; and collector dash plaques for the first 100 entries. In addition, there'll be free entertainment all weekend, flea markets, sidewalk sales, carnivals, free giveaways, and a Sunday morning cruise to Reel Foot Lake for an all-you-can-eat country-style breakfast. Pre-registration is $15 by September 10; registration on the day of the show is $20.
The Kentucky Lake Octoberfest Nationals will be held October 1-2 in Draffenville, Kentucky, at the Mike Miller Park. The show will feature Top 150 with 10 6-foot Best of Show trophies; gold, silver, and bronze trophies; and collector dash plaques for the first 100 entries. For your entertainment, there will be flea markets, food booths and parts vendors, free concerts all day Saturday, and a country fest in the area all weekend. In addition, there'll be concerts at the Kentucky opera, train rides through the lake area, and much more. Pre-registration is $15 by September 28; registration on the day of the show is $20.
The Sturgis, Kentucky Nationals Show & Shine will be held October 15-16 in Sturgis, Kentucky, at the Union County Fairgrounds. There'll be Top 150 prizes; elite gold, silver, and bronze trophies; competition for the Grand Champion of Western Kentucky; and 10 6-foot Best of Show trophies. Pre-registration $15 by October 7; registration on the day of the show is $20.
For more information on these shows, contact: Billie or Caroline Peal, (270) 382-2139; Christie Peal, (270) 382-3995; Connie, Wanda, or Tonya Morgan, (270) 753-2776.
One More Crossover SUV:
Is This Smart?The DaimlerChrysler smart brand says it will introduce itself to the United States in 2006 with a small crossover SUV that will be called the formore. The formore is the fourth smart model, and with it, says a smart press release, "smart will be represented in the world's largest automotive market for the first time."
French Foil Kidnap Plot of Paris-Dakar Racers
A report from Reuters said that the French Defense Ministry announced that French secret agents foiled a bid by Islamic militants to kidnap contestants in the Paris-Dakar rally in January of this year as they raced across the Sahara desert state of Mali. French government and media sources said a plot by a 100-strong gang to attack participants in the rally forced the cancellation of the 10th and 11th stages of the 11,000-kilometer race.
Department of Corrections
In our March '04 issue, we left out a key player out of the comp cruizer feature. Auto Air Colors provided us all the killer water-based hues we used on the truck. So if you're interested in using water-based paint for your build up, here's the contact information.
Auto Air Colors
Dept. ST
14 Airport Park Rd.
East Granby, CT 06026
(800) 509-6563
www.autoaircolors.com
Also in the March '04 issue on the lowering story of the CGS '04 F-150 we did not detail that a narrowed rearend was required to get the wheel and tire package to fit inside the rear fenderwell.
In the April '04 feature, "Flame It: A Lightning With Flash," we credited Throwed Off Customs as the painter. However, the painter was MaxOut Paintwurx in Tomball,Texas.
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