1968 Dodge Charger “Hellucination”
“Hellucination” was engineered as a game-changer: an icon of classic Americana, rendered in carbon fiber and reimagined through the eyes of Ralph Gilles, a leader in global automotive design. The bespoke 1968 Dodge Charger features a full carbon-fiber body, floor and wheel tubs mounted to a custom SpeedKore frame for a wider track, a decidedly menacing stance and dramatically improved handling capabilities.
“It was our mission to carefully and tastefully modernize countless details, adjust the proportions, but to keep them faithful, reduce the weight, yet keep it comfortable enough to drive cross country, and finally create a one-of-a-kind piece that the forefathers of the Dodge brand could only have dreamed of,” noted Ralph Gilles, Chief Design Officer, Stellantis. The final result is a wholly modern and tech-deep car that honors a legend.
“Hellucination’s” body panels are rendered entirely in carbon fiber, showcased by a clear finish using BASF Glasurit. A front-hinged one-off carbon-fiber hood serves as a subtle nod to Gilles’ impact on Mopar design. Custom front and rear SpeedKore valances and LED 1968 Charger head and taillights from Dapper Lighting fuse the best of modern muscle tech into an all-carbon-fiber body. Complete carbon fiber floor pan and tunnel used on this build.
The carbon fiber extends into the interior with a custom dash, door panels and rear interior quarter panels. The seats feature carbon-fiber backs and upholstery by Gabe’s Custom Interiors, with RaceQuip four-point harnesses to keep driver and passenger secure. A proper array of gauges from Classic Instruments relay necessary metrics to the driver. A custom SpeedKore center console and 2,000-watt Bluetooth-driven audio system from KICKER Audio complete the interior experience.
Wheels & Chassis
“Hellucination” rides on a custom SpeedKore perimeter frame with the oil and fuel lines integrated internally, delivering a low and clean look while keeping the lines out of harm’s way. The fully-bespoke Charger utilizes a double A-arm front suspension from Detroit Speed and a custom four-bar diagonal link rear suspension by SpeedKore. An Ididit steering column and Woodward steering rack heighten agility, while Penske dual-adjustable coilovers add composure. Brembo six-piston calipers up front and dual Brembo four-piston calipers out back ensure “Hellucination" comes to a quick stop. Custom HRE “Hellucination” 19x9-inch front and 20x12-inch rear wheels with 265/35ZR19 and 345/30ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires complete the setup.
“Hellucination” features serial number 001 of Mopar’s 1,000-horsepower Hellephant crate engines. Displacing 426 cubic inches, the supercharged all-aluminum engine directs its power to the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed transmission. The Hellephant’s exhaust note is delivered via custom-fabricated headers and an exhaust system with MagnaFlow mufflers.