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Jim Sassorossi displays Mopar accessories (Joe Wilssens photo)

Jim Sassorossi displays Mopar accessories (Joe Wilssens photo)

June 1, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The ultimate daddy, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, would like to add even more performance and appearance to every dad’s car this Father’s Day. After perusing the Mopar® catalog, he picked his top 12 gift items.

“’Big Daddy’ Don Garlits is the Babe Ruth of drag racing,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “While not every dad can make sub-five second passes over the quarter mile, we think Don Garlits knows what it takes to get dad’s car looking good and into the fast lane.”

“With more than 280,000 parts and accessories, Mopar has a huge selection of parts and accessories,” said Garlits. “Put a gift under dad’s hood this Father’s Day and make him happy.”

Here are “Big Daddy” Don Garlits’ Top 12 Father’s Day Gift Ideas:

Fender Covers

Fender Covers

Fender Covers: Prevent scratches and dings while showing pride at the drag strip or on the street with Mopar logo fender covers. Part Number: P5153623, manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP): $28.

Polished Valve Covers

Polished Valve Covers

Mopar Big-Block Cast Aluminum Polished Valve Covers (Set): These aluminum die-cast polished valve covers will set apart dad’s engine bay while proudly displaying the Mopar logo. For 383 and 440 cubic-inch engines. Part Number: P5007616, MSRP: $168 (small-block engine valve covers also available)

Spark Plug Removal Tool

Spark Plug Removal Tool

Spark Plug Removal Tool: This tool is specifically designed to protect wires from removal damage. Part Number: P5249718, MSRP: $22

Chrome Diff Cover

Chrome Diff Cover

Chrome-plated Differential Cover: For 9-3/4-inch Dana 60 axles. Those left in dad’s rear-view mirror will appreciate his attention to detail. Part Number: P3690755, MSRP: $56

Engine Paint (HEMI® Orange): The difference between “good” and show quality is in the details. For that special restoration project, Mopar offers up to eight correct OEM enamel paint colors, including Turquoise, HEMI Orange, Street HEMI Orange, Black, Silver, Red, Blue and Gold. Part Number: P4120751AB, MSRP: $10

Road Runner Decal

Road Runner Decal

Road Runner Restoration Decal: Mopar offers more than 60 decals and emblems in order to complete a true restoration. From the famous Road Runner to a 440 Six Pack decal, Mopar is the source. A variety of restoration decals is available, including Dodge Dart, Plymouth Duster, Road Runner and HEMI. Part Number: P2842873, MSRP: $30

Purple Small-Block Camshaft

Purple Small-Block Camshaft

Mopar Purple Shaft Small-Block Camshaft Kit: To put muscle in dad’s muscle car, these famous factory-engineered cams add horsepower and torque. Many applications are available for big and small-block engines. Part Number: P4120231AC, MSRP: $215

Pinion Snubber

Pinion Snubber

Mopar Pinion Snubber: A must-have in order to help prevent axle windup under acceleration and improve traction. Part Number: P3690181, MSRP: $67

Mopar Shift Light: Shifting at the correct RPM is critical for a low elapsed time (ET) and win light. Mopar digital rpm display shift lights are programmable for your desired RPM shift point. Part Number: P5155508, MSRP: $175

Front Strut Tower Bar

Front Strut Tower Bar

Mopar Front Strut Tower Bar: For 2005 to 2010 model-year Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, these silver powder-coated strut tower bars with a Mopar plate add handling capability while providing under-hood flair. Part Number: P5155002, MSRP: $359

Mopar Logo Style Hood Pins: For modern-day Dodge Challengers, these genuine, functional hood-pin kits provide nostalgic muscle-car looks with functionality and come with all attaching hardware. Hood pins are available in chrome or black finish. Part Number: P5155755, MSRP: $305

Jeep® Logo Differential Cover: Nothing says off-road more than Jeep. Separate dad’s from others with logo-style front and rear covers. Part Number: P5155445 (Dana 30), Part Number: P5155446 (Dana 44), Part Number: P5155447 (Dana 60), MSRP: $180

 "Big Daddy" Don Garlits

"Big Daddy" Don Garlits

About ‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits is synonymous with drag racing. In a career that spanned more than five decades, he won three National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) world championships and a total of 144 national events. He was the first drag racer to surpass the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, 260 and 270 mile-per-hour marks in the quarter mile. Garlits currently runs the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Fla.

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PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), delivered the first of a demonstration fleet of Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) pickup trucks to municipal officials in Yuma, Ariz., today.

The 10 PHEV Ram 1500 pickups delivered by Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of the Chrysler Group’s advanced hybrid vehicle project, are part of a national demonstration fleet of 140 vehicles that will be used during the next three years to evaluate customer usage, drive cycles, charging, thermal management, fuel economy, emissions and impact on the region’s electric grid. In addition to Yuma, 11 other partners across the United States will receive vehicles for demonstration and testing purposes.

Abdullah Bazzi‎ (left) and Yuma Mayor Al Krieger

Abdullah Bazzi‎ (left) and Yuma Mayor Al Krieger

Strictly a demonstration program, there are no plans for a production version of the PHEV Ram 1500 truck at this time.

Cities and states were selected to evaluate temperature extremes, urban traffic cycles and diverse climates and geographies from North Dakota, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Arizona. Cities will include San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif.; Austin, Texas and Kansas City, Mo.

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 PHEV includes a liquid-cooled 12.9kWhr lithium ion battery pack and a 6.6 kilowatt (kW) on-board charger. Additional features include AC power generation of up to 6.6kW; directional charging; reverse power flow and full regenerative braking used to capture more energy. For fuel economy improvements, the front axle can be disconnected when not needed.

The powertrain also includes a 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine and a two-mode hybrid transmission. The 5.7-liter HEMI is equipped with a Multiple Displacement System (MDS) that improves fuel efficiency at highway speeds by shutting down fuel delivery to up to four cylinders.

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

The battery pack is located under the second-row seat of the pickup and is liquid cooled to help maintain a consistent battery temperature. For on-the-job electrical power tools, a 240 volt/30 amp four-prong outlet and 120volt/20amp duplex outlet power strip is located in the rear box.

“Cities have been carefully selected to help the Chrysler Group collect a wide range of data,” explained Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of Chrysler’s advanced hybrid vehicle project. “Temperature extremes found in the cold of North Dakota or the heat of Arizona can have a severe impact on battery life and charging efficiency.”

The choice of a Ram 1500 pickup truck was based upon two-speed transmission technology that was readily available from a previous vehicle electrification project from the Chrysler Group.

Mayor Al Krieger of Yuma, Arizona

Mayor Al Krieger of Yuma, Arizona

Urban and rural use also will be tracked to measure battery performance and overall hybrid efficiency with the demonstration fleet of pickups. Other uses include military bases where vehicles will be able to provide power back to the electric grid in what is termed “reverse power flow” of up to 6.6kW.

Funding for the program in part is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the Transportation Electrification Initiative sponsored by the DOE. The grant, totaling $48 million from DOE and $49.4 million from Chrysler Group, was designed to develop vehicles that will be cost efficient for consumers, satisfy safety concerns of daily travel without recharging and help reduce dependence on foreign oil.

PHEV Ram 1500 in front of the Yuma City Hall

PHEV Ram 1500 in front of the Yuma City Hall

The Chrysler Group also is developing a similar fleet of 25 Town & Country minivans with plug-in hybrid technology for demonstration and evaluation that will be allocated to select cities later this year.

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