By Dave Ashton
The idea of taking a classic Dodge Charger from the late 1960s or early 1970s and building on the theme is nothing new. However, examples like the Speedkore 1970 Dodge Charger haven’t just had the aesthetics worked on, but are being continually improved in the powertrain department.
Before we even get to the latest power upgrades, this particular Charger was stripped down to the bone or more correctly the marrow. A custom ladder frame and aluminum floorpan was added to the chassis. Then heaps of carbon fiber and billet aluminum were added to the outer shell, with a custom roll cage for added strength. The interior is just as sumptuous as the external features, with plenty of attention to detail to the stitched leather and carbon fiber accents.
Now the Charger’s powertrain has been upgraded from the previous 966 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 with a Tremec T-56 six-speed manual transmission to that over-the-top limited edition 7.0-liter Hellephant V8 engine. In comparison, the Hellephant trumps out 1,000 hp and 950 lb/ft. of torque.
The Hellephant V8 in itself is an ultra-limited edition crate engine, which Mopar said was the first 1,000-HP crate engine available as an OEM product.
The video above may only give a brief glimpse into the basic sound levels of this new engine. Which by the way should be listened to on large speakers to fully appreciate that full low-end rumble. But at least it gives an initial glimpse of the Hellephant in a real-world vehicle.
Obviously custom builds with this much attention to detail doesn’t come cheap, with a starting price of $400k.
If you check out the Speedkore webpage for the 1970 Dodge Charger ‘Evolution,’ it provides more information on this custom build and how to order your own version.[embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content]
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