SpeedKore 1968 Dodge Charger ‘Hellacious’ is a mid-engine, ‘F9’ tribute masterpiece

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This might be SpeedKore’s coolest Dodge Charger yet, and that’s saying something, because SpeedKore has built countless extremely cool Chargers in the past.

Why is it the coolest? Two reasons. First, it’s a mid-engine with a Hellcat engine behind the front seats. Second, it’s just like the Charger that drives Dominic Toretto in the just-released “F9” movie. SpeedKore calls this “Hellacious”, which is a fitting name for the insane build.

As usual, this SpeedKore build uses a full carbon fiber body. Sean Smith Designs set out to make it look more aggressive than previous builds, but added a wide body kit with a lot of customization beyond what SpeedKore usually does. A solid rear glass ensures that you can see the 707 horsepower beast sitting in the back. And no, this Hellcat engine hasn’t been modified – it still delivers the same power it had at the factory.

However, pretty much everything around the engine is far from factory. SpeedKore had Magnaflow weld a custom exhaust to properly route it around the bike. A new radiator and intercoolers were needed to ensure sufficient cooling. The transmission is extra special. It’s a graziano transaxle from a Lamborghini Gallardo, and SpeedKore went with a gated shifter design to stay true to that Italian spirit.

It all rides on a new SpeedKore designed frame. Multiple aftermarket companies supplied suspension components with high handling capabilities in mind. SpeedKore says the QA1 dampers used are tuned for the track as a performance target. Massive six-piston Brembo calipers provide braking at the front, while four-piston Brembos clamp at the rear. A staggered tire setup with 275-section-width front and 345-section-width rear rubber gives it a super aggressive stance.

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The interior is free of frills. Simple bucket seats (without headrests!) act as your seats – at least you get Simpson racing harnesses to keep you in place. Period correct meters are maintained in the dashboard. Additional safety features include a rear firewall, because duh, and a body-integrated roll bar.

SpeedKore didn’t say it was going to build more than just this single car, so we’ll consider it a one-off for now. We have no doubt that a select few people would be willing to spend a lot of money for such a build, but that’s up to SpeedKore to decide now.

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