Petty’s Garage Techs Build MAHLE Challenger Engine

Aug 12, 2019

The  building of a supercharged, 1,100-horsepower Hemi engine for the MAHLE Dodge Challenger, the grand prize in the 2019 MAHLE Drive with the Original technician promotion, is documented in the second in a series of videos posted by MAHLE Aftermarket North America. The MAHLE Challenger, being built by Petty’s Garage, will be awarded to one technician at the 2019 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, set for Nov. 5 – 7.

“The team at Petty’s Garage has the experience to be able to build an 1,100-HP monster Hemi that will be problem-free on the street,” said Jon Douglas, president of MAHLE Aftermarket North America. “Part of that is using the right MAHLE components to withstand the enormous pressures this supercharged beast will generate without detonation.” 

The latest video follows Petty’s Garage Lead Engine Builder Fred Lankford and his team as they build the MAHLE Challenger engine. Lankford chose MAHLE pistons made from 2618 alloy. He also installed Clevite main and rod bearings and sealed the engine with MAHLE gaskets. A full complement of MAHLE filters will keep the oil, air, and fuel free of contaminants.

The video series will continue to 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. 

Watch the video above.

The Drive with the Original promotion kicked off 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 One 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 Charlie One Horse cowboy hats, autographed No. 43 die-cast model cars, and other great prizes.

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