MAHLE Aftermarket has posted the first in a series of videos documenting the custom build of a 1,100-horsepower Dodge Challenger at Petty’s Garage, the grand prize in the 2019 MAHLE “Drive with the Original” technician promotion.
The one-of-a-kind vehicle will be awarded to a lucky technician at AAPEX 2019 in Las Vegas.
“For the first year of the promotion, we featured a new 1,000-horsepower Mustang and followed that up with a one-of-a-kind 800-horsepower resto-mod Camaro last year,” said Jon Douglas, president of MAHLE Aftermarket North America. “With this year’s grand prize, we’re going to complete the ‘Detroit Three’ and another classic piece of American muscle with Dodge and asked Petty’s Garage to build a 1,100-horsepower Hemi-powered Challenger. We feel this is going to be a real showcase for our family of MAHLE gaskets, filters, pistons and rings, as well as our Clevite engine bearings.”
The video series will take viewers behind the scenes at Petty’s Garage in Level Cross, North Carolina, to see the details of how the craftsmen work their magic. From design considerations to the engine build to testing the finished vehicle on the dyno, the video series promises to capture many highlights from the build.
The “Drive with the Original” promotion kicked off on March 1 and runs through Oct. 1. Four finalists will be randomly selected from all entries to receive a trip for two to AAPEX in Las Vegas. The “Original,” Richard Petty, will be present when the finalists each select a key from The King’s signature “Charlie 1 Horse” hat – one of which will start the grand-prize MAHLE Dodge Challenger from Petty’s Garage.
In addition to the grand prize, hundreds of additional instant-win prizes will be awarded, including Richard Petty driving experiences, autographed Richard Petty signature cowboy hats, autographed No. 43 die-cast model cars and other great prizes.
Information on entering the “Drive with the Original” promotion is available inside specially marked MAHLE gasket boxes. Complete information about the “Drive with the Original” promotion, including official rules, terms and conditions, can be found at www.drivewiththeoriginal.com.