1968 Dodge Charger “Hellacious”
The world’s first mid-engine Dodge Charger
SpeedKore has worked with the “Fast & Furious” franchise since 2015 when its 1970 Dodge Charger “Tantrum” appeared in “Furious 7." “Hellacious” is a road-going version of the movie car driven by Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto, built with the functionality of a purpose-built performance car. “Hellacious” represents SpeedKore’s design and engineering capabilities as a custom car builder.
Like SpeedKore’s previous Chargers, “Hellacious” is rendered in full carbon fiber but adds a bespoke wide body. Pronounced fender cutouts, unique body siding and a glass rear hatch to expose the engine compartment complete the aggressive bodywork, while BASF Glasurit matte-black paint adds sinister style. The vertical-slat grille uses factory 1968 Charger hideaway headlights and is finished with metal brightwork, complementing the brushed-steel front and rear bumpers. Rain gutters and flush-mounted glass present a seamless side profile, while a rear fascia with round quad taillights and a bronze stripe keyed to the color of the wheels complete the look.
Inside “Hellacious” sports a sparse, no-frills interior. Low-back racing seats and Simpson harnesses keep the driver and passenger in place while gauges from Classic Instruments mounted in an aluminum dashboard relay necessary information to the driver. An integrated roll hoop and rear-facing firewall lend protection and motorsports styling.
Wheels & Chassis
“Hellacious” gets its low stance complements of a SpeedKore-designed perimeter frame with double A-arm front suspension from Detroit Speed and an integrated rear cradle with double-wishbone suspension from Race Car Replicas(RCR). An Ididit steering column and Detroit Speed steering rack improve agility, while QA1 shocks with track-focused dampening add handling composure. Brembo six-piston calipers up front and dual Brembo four-piston calipers out back help “Hellacious” come to a quick stop while a hydraulic hand brake assists with drifts and slides. Custom HRE 18-inch “Hellacious” center-lock wheels with 275/35R18 front and 345/35R18 rear tires complete this purpose-built setup.
“Hellacious” gets its power from a supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 mounted between the rear axles in a custom SpeedKore-engineered frame. The engine’s 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque make it to the rear wheels via a Graziano transaxle from a Lamborghini Gallardo. The Hellcat V8 breathes through a custom exhaust fabricated from MagnaFlow components. The SpeedKore-designed headers and dual mufflers are routed high in the chassis to clear the mid-engine powertrain before exiting through downward-facing tips. A front-mount Saldana performance radiator keeps the engine cool while accommodating the mid-engine architecture of the car. At the rear, high-performance intercoolers feed cool air to the 2.4-liter supercharger.