Prior to Chrysler releasing the manual version of the Challenger, the executives and engineers in the SRT division turned to Hurst for a suitable performance shifter option. They knew that Hurst designed the original pistol grip shifter that was in the Challengers of the 1970s and who better to offer guidance on these new vehicles than Hurst. Well before the first modern-day Challengers officially hit the streets, a flat black prototype manual Challenger, along with mountains of CAD and testing data, was sent to Hurst for evaluation and testing. Equipped with a one-off prototype front bumper and a stealth-like skin, this car was fitted with prototype after prototype and then tested on the streets, in the canyons, and around the race tracks of Southern California. Months of field and durability testing resulted in the shifter offered today: a masterpiece of over 20 design iterations and improvements.