SpeedKore’s Hellephant-Powered 1970 Dodge Charge Is Extremely Custom02/05/2021
Emily Dickinson once wrote, “the heart wants what the heart wants,” and she was absolutely right. However, she probably didn’t see that bit of wisdom leading to a carbon-fiber bodied 1970 Dodge Charger “Hellraiser” that was built specifically for actor and comedian Kevin Hart (whose taste for classic American muscle has already been shared here before). Clearly, this Hart wanted something a bit less romantic and a bit more “hey, you wanna take this outside?”
Even though it looks like a Charger from the ’70s, the Hellraiser is bespoke from the ground up. The carbon fiber bodywork is made in-house and layered on top of a SpeedKore designed frame that features an integrated roll cage. Front suspension is from a C6 Corvette, and the 9-inch Ford rear axle is supported by custom SpeedKore suspension and double-adjustable Penske shocks.
Grunt is supplied via Dodge’s 7.0-liter supercharged “Hellephant” V-8 that kicks out a ridiculous 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb-ft of torque. Clearly this thing is here to put the normal Hellcat-powered Charger to shame. The engine is mounted to a Dodge Demon-spec ZF 8-speed transmission and drive is, of course, sent to the rear. The whole thing rides on a set of HRE S201 three-piece wheels which are then wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber.
The grille (and all the other brightwork on the car) is machined from solid aluminum, there’s a hood cut out that exposes the 3.0-liter supercharger, and there’s a custom SpeedKore exhaust. The interior is just as custom as the outside, and shares little aside from a general layout with the original Charger. There are Recaro Sportster GT seats and a set of retro gauges.
It looks like Hart got what he wanted, it just turns out that it’s exactly what we want, too.
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