The American automobile brand Dodge is pushing to make itself more environmentally friendly with the launch of its upgraded version of the Charger Daytona SRT concept. Dodge gave the world its first glimpse of this car back in August 2022. This recent launch is part of the auto industry’s push toward electric vehicles. The brand launched this concept at SEMA 2022, a premier auto expo, to help businesses showcase the best and latest.
The lower model of the Daytona packs 455 horsepower, while the higher models boast 590. Both models also offer power upgrades, namely eStage 1 and 2, to pump the power output even further. Both systems produce these power outputs from the 400-volt electrical system. The company has brought out this model to the market for the second time, but unlike before, the model will be available in a dark red color, the body will be made of carbon fiber, and the wheel size will be around 18 inches. The company has not yet revealed its plans for the production of the Daytona SRT, but with the amount of time, money, and effort Dodge has put into designing and presenting the car, it is safe to assume that a very similar model will be up in its store in the near future.
With soon-to-be discontinued, fuel-based Charger and Challenger models, Dodge has created an emotional stir for its loyal muscle car fanbase. The V8 engine, which has dominated the top end of high-performance cars for decades, has formed a strong community of enthusiasts, which the company is at risk of losing with their decision to shift to newer electric engines. The company also gave a glimpse of its soon-to-be-launched concept for its SRT Banshee, which would be the most powerful vehicle in the line-up. The Banshee will feature an 800-volt electrical system, but the exact power output of this range is yet to be disclosed.
The Formula One season may be a little strange this year, but there’s one thing that’s definitely not out of place – Lewis Hamilton on the podium. It seems as though no one can stop the British racing driver from breaking records, and now he has another one to add to his list.
Portuguese Grand Prix
There’s no denying that the 70th F1 World Championship has been unusual this year, thanks to a schedule that has seen drivers take on tracks they’ve never driven before. One of these tracks was the Algarve National Circuit in Portugal, which the drivers took on last weekend. What started off as a manic first few laps, that saw Hamilton drop to third and Perez lead the way, soon settled into the old familiar of Lewis Hamilton dominating the circuit.
We’d already seen Hamilton be presented with a special helmet during the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring by Michael Schumacher’s son for matching the legend’s 91 race wins in his career. However, it was this Portuguese race where Hamilton would go on to make his own piece of history by overtaking Schumacher for a 92nd race win. He’s also managed to break that record with just 262 race starts, compared to Schumacher’s 306!
It seems as though the only way is up for Lewis Hamilton, even if it has become quite predictable that we’ll see the Mercedes leading the way now. With ‘silly season’ coming up, there are set to be some big changes for teams and drivers – and Hamilton’s contract is up. Will he jump ship to prove himself in another car? It’s doubtful, but fans can hope for a bit more competition.
There’s no denying that both Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher are the greatest drivers of their era – but can anyone challenge the Mercedes driver in the future?