Video: Twin-Turbo Ray Barton Hemi Pushes ‘69 Dodge Daytona to 277 MPH


Undoubtedly, you know how Dodge’s aero warrior, the 1969 Charger Daytona was intended for NASCAR supremacy. Bobby Isaac drove the #71 K&K Insurance Daytona at the Talladega Superspeedway to a new closed course lap record of 201.104 MPH (breaking the record set by the #88 Chrysler Engineering Daytona earlier that year). But after the Daytona’s subsequent outlawing that year, Chrysler’s attention was focused on the 1971 models, leaving Isaac’s achievement almost completely unsung.

The K&K Insurance team was undeterred, though, and owner Nord Krauskopf and crew chief Harry Hyde liked the idea of setting records, so they pushed Isaac to return to the driver’s seat in September of 1971, but this time at the infamous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. In the prepped Daytona, Isaac achieved 217.368 MPH for the flying kilometer. Obviously times and technologies have changed over the years and Isaac’s record has been broken time and again. But the imprint of a red Daytona on the salt still remains.

Texan Lee Sicilio, an already established member of the 200 MPH Club, exclusive to Bonneville Salt Flat drivers came back to Utah in 2012 with an entirely new car, one, he hoped, that Isaac himself would approve of. “For over a decade,” Ray Barton’s Customer profile reads, “Lee has chosen Ray Barton power and durability to continually succeed at breaking records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.”

The Daytona is powered by a fire-breathing 498-cubic inch twin turbo Hemi making a staggering 900-plus rear wheel horsepower at 7,000RPM. In its 2012 premier, Sicilio clocked an impressive 273-plus-MPH average, and with a few tweaks, was able to best that in 2013 with a staggering 283-plus-MPH. In his pursuit of 300MPH, Sicilio’s Dodge was featured in Hot Rod magazine, and graced the cover of Mopar Action. Now you can see it in action HERE:

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching Mopar Connection Magazine. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story. He's also the co-author of "The Chrysler B-Body Restoration Guide."

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