Press Release) The Dodge Dakota MX
Warrior is a design exercise intended for the younger action-sports
crowd. This authentic motocross-themed concept is a cooperative
effort with Scott Waraniak. Waraniak is a design student at College
for Creative Studies in Detroit and AMA District 14 motocross racer
#936 who races for KTM North America and Seattle-based Jones Soda.
Motocross is an extreme sport run on closed-course, natural-terrain
dirt tracks. Grabbing the holeshot and maneuvering through the ruts,
berms, whoops, doubles, 90-foot jumps and 180-degree tight turns
demands lightning-fast reflexes, physical conditioning, practice,
concentration and speed. Forty racers compete in two 20-minute motos
mixing flying dirt and rocks with intimidation, adrenaline and
horsepower. The outdoor motocross season runs from April to
September, while the indoor supercross season runs from January
through April. The sport continues to grow in popularity
particularly with Gen X and Gen Y action-sport athletes in the
United States, Europe and Japan.
With his likeness and signature on limited-edition bottles of Jones
Soda, Waraniak [a West Bloomfield, Mich.-resident] provided his
race-prepped bike for the project. Hell use the 2008 KTM 450 SX-F
in 2008 motocross season competition. He designed the graphics for
both the bike and the Dodge Dakota MX Warrior.
The design team let Waraniak loose to design his splatter theme.
The bold O21orange and battleship gray vinyl wrap is provided by
Image Quest Graphics of Wixom, Mich. The Dakota/KTM 450 SX-F
graphics integrate the podium performance of Dodge, Mopar and KTM
Motorsports with Waraniaks sponsors and the motocross industrys
leading icons and lifestyle companies:
KTM North America of
Troy Lee Designs of
FMF Racing of Rancho
Spy Optics of
EVS Sports of
Cycra of Hebron,
VP Racing Fuels of
Maxima Racing Oils
of Santee, Calif.
Lake Cycle of Grand
JP Speed of Holly,
KTM Hard Equipment
of Amherst, Ohio
Powersport Grafx of
North Wilkesboro, N.C.
Xlox Systems of
Suspensions, West Monroe, La.
Iniziale Designs of
KICKER Audio of
Jones Soda of
To give the Dodge Dakota
MX Warrior a proper stance and prove it can venture off-road, the
suspension is raised four inches. Its fitted with 20-in. chrome
wheels from Mopar wrapped in 31-in. tires. TRX-4 fender flares cover
the meats to keep the splash graphics fairly clean. To protect the
front and rear, the Chrysler metal shop fabricated custom steel
bumpers and an integrated warn winch mounted on the front bumper.
There are also custom steel rock rails. The taillamps and bed
extender were provided by Mopar. The steering wheel was provided by
Grant Products. The Surf Blue paint with dark neutral metallic
accents is courtesy of the Chrysler paint shop.
Air is fed to the 4.7-liter Magnum V-8 engine through the custom
hood with one-off intake scoops fabricated by the Chrysler plastic
When all is said and done, youll never see this Dodge Dakota MX