American resto-mod gurus Speedkore have unleashed all their expertise and ingenuity to create yet another classic Charger. Also known as the ‘Hellucination’, this custom build gets its name from the 7.0-litre Dodge V8 Helephant engine that delivers a whopping 1000 horsepower. The car was designed and built for Stellantis Design Chief, Ralph Gilles, who finally realized his dream.
Cars like the old Charger are part of the fabric of the popular muscle car culture. Embodied by shows like the Dukes of Hazzard in the 1970s, young Ralph developed an affinity for Mopar. The primary goal was to create a modern and up-to-date interpretation of the all-American classic. After two long years of hard work, the construction is finally completed, and the results are nothing short of breathtaking.
Most intensive All-Carbon fiber to date
The coupé is modeled after the Dodge Charger from 1968, but with modern design elements such as LED lighting, both front and rear, made especially for this project. The build features a custom chassis with a full carbon fiber body that comes alive with a Glasurit finish. It follows the same SpeedKore principles of ‘Reduce Weight’ and ‘Increase Power’.
The build features
– Custom SpeedKore frame with perimeter reinforcements and roll cage
– Full SpeedKore carbon fiber underbody and wheel arches
– SpeedKore hood with carbon fiber hinged front
– Custom SpeedKore valances front and rear
– Custom SpeedKore front spoiler
With a broad and low stance, the Hellucination sits considerably lower than a regular Charger. Overall this ride looks good. Ralph adds that the ’68 Charger has so many fascinating details that it continues to inspire the Dodge design team to this day as they work on designing the next generation of performance.
|Paint manufacturer:||BASF Glasurit|
What does the cabin look like?
However, the carbon is not limited to just the bodywork. Step inside and that same theme continues, whether on the dashboard, doors or rear side panels. Gabe’s custom interiors teamed up with RaceQuip to work their magic again by fitting custom seats with carbon fiber backs.
Classical instruments have created some fantastic analog meters, while a cracking 2000 watt Kicker audio system will keep you entertained if you ever get bored of the monster lurking under the hood.
|chairs:||Gabe’s custom interior|
|Safety belts:||Race Quip four-point seat belt|
|Service:||RestoMod Air/Speed Kore Custom|
|Description:||6 Speaker, Dual Subwoofer Enclosure, 2000 Watts, Bluetooth Powered System|
Open the hood
Speaking of the engine, the Hellucination is powered by one of Mopar’s best. A 7.0-litre Supercharged V8 ‘Hellephant’ HEMI 426 crate engine that generates 1,000 horsepower. } The engine breathes through custom carbon headers. You also have a dry-sump lubrication system with a reservoir that sits in the trunk.
Both the oil and fuel lines run along with the modified frame, keeping things tidy under the hood. The V-8 is mated to an eight-speed ZF transmission, and you can hear its growl thanks to that Magna-flow exhaust.
|Engine:||1000 hp Dodge Hellephant 7.0L V8|
|Engine oil:||Motul 8100 X-Max|
|Engine Oil Weight:||10W60|
|Transfer:||ZF 8 speed|
|Additional powertrain details:||Dry sump oil system|
|Differential rear:||John’s Industries|
|Fuel type:||91 octane|
|Gas tank:||SpeedKore Aangepaste Custom Manufacturing|
SpeedKore also has vastly improved the car’s dynamics by equipping it with fully independent front and rear suspension, Penske coilovers, a Woodward steering rack and good Brembo brakes for stopping power. Custom HRE rims, 19’s in the front and 20’s in the rear wrapped in Michelin Pilot 4S tires round out the package.
|Type of suspension for:||Double A-arm|
|Front suspension manufacturer:||Detroit Speed|
|Rear suspension type:||4 Bar with diagonal link|
|Rear Suspension Manufacturer:||SpeedKore|
|Shock manufacturer:||Penske coil over double adjustable|
|Sway bars:||Detroit Speed front and rear|
|Front brake calipers:||six-piston|
|Rear brake calipers:||Double four-piston|
|WHEELS AND TIRES|
|Wheel manufacturer/model:||Adjusted HRE “Hellucination”|
|Front wheel size:||19×9.0|
|Rear wheel size:||20×12.0|
|Ties:||Michelin Pilot Sport 4S|
|Front tire size:||265/35ZR19|
|Rear tire size:||345/30ZR20|
Other SpeedKore chargers
This isn’t the first time SpeedKore Performance has worked with a charger known for its radical muscle car restoration projects. They take the old fashioned base formula and increase it to eleven. Over the years, they’ve made a range of all-carbon old-school Chargers in-house. They include builds like the
– Hellraiser – Kevin Hart is also with the Hellephant
– Hellacious – A fast 9 replica with hellcat powered mid-engine charger
– Tantrum – The charger that actually works in the Fast 9. prevents
– Evolution – The award-winning 1970s charger we’ve seen before in Jay Leno’s Garage
Given its iconic shape and cult following, it’s hard not to understand why the Dodge Charger still remains desirable nearly five decades later. It will be difficult to find a clear example which is why the people of Grafton, Wisconsin have taken matters into their own hands.
Watch the Hellucination in action in the video below