A carbon body, a V8 of over 1000 horsepower, this Dodge Charger, model year 1970, is the extreme embodiment of Restomod. His little name? “Hellraiser”. What the American firm Speedkore has created here is beyond comprehension, it is a muscle car from hell.
All carbon restomod
The main skill of the Wisconsin-based custom shop is about carbon. The Dodge Charger Hellraiser therefore has hence a completely re-fabricated body from this noble material, light and durable. It has a reinforced frame and has no specific color, just a transparent Glasurit coat from BASF. All chrome parts on the original car have been removed or colored black.
In front, we find the legendary Mopar HELLEPHANT V8, from the former FCA group (now called Stellantis after merging with PSA). It is of course the last version of the monster that was taken integrated. With its capacity of seven liters and its supercharging, it delivers 1014 PS and 1288 Newton meters, thanks to a 3 liter supercharger. It connects to a custom exhaust made in-house with incorporated headers and dual mufflers.
An eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF makes it possible to control this extraordinary engine. Well-known elements are also used for the brake system, namely six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers as well as the corresponding discs from Brembo. 9×19 inch rims at the front and 12×20 inch at the rear are supplied by the HRE specialist. These are shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Corvette C6 suspension at the front and a specially designed four-link linkage at the rear are also installed.
A useful roll cage
The restomod car also incorporates a 14 point roll cage.
Its proud owner, actor Kevin Hart, should be delighted. It was in fact with another Speedkore, a 720-horsepower 1970 restomod Plymouth Barracuda, that he was seriously injured two years ago. He has since recovered from his injuries, including back surgery. But it is clear that this kind of machine is not for everyone and must incorporate advanced safety devices specific to racing cars. It’s done.
A sporty and sober interior
The interior of the Dodge Charger Hellraiser is lined with black and red leather. It presents a balance between sport and luxury. Recaro GT Sportster bucket seats are installed, with four-point belts from Simpson Racing. The speedometer and tachometer are from Classic Instruments, the air conditioning is modern in design. The same goes for the audio system, which mainly consists of focal components and a kicker subwoofer.
Conclusion: is extreme restomod safe?
SpeedKore has achieved a remarkable balance of craftsmanship and engineering with its hellraiser. His cars are quite extreme restomods. Not sure that such machines can run elsewhere than in the United States, a country particularly accomodating with road safety rules. In this sense, it is worth considering the risks specific to such machines, mainly intended for the circuit and motor shows.