Even the most devout fans will find this hard not to love.
It's hard to find a crowd more fiercely loyal than muscle car enthusiasts, with the various fan clubs as devoutly supportive of their chosen brand as America is a God-fearing nation. It's normally high treason when a Chevrolet Camaro fan is willing to heap praise upon something like a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. So with that in mind, it's likely to cause a civil war when we tell you that somebody dropped a Hellcat engine into a 1968 Chevy C10 pickup. But, we're here to help calm the uprising, because this build is so good that even the most devout follower of the church of muscle cars can appreciate it fully, in all its 745 horsepower glory. AutotopiaLA has been kind enough to document the details in a recent YouTube video. Sit back and enjoy.
In standard guise, the Hellcat's 6.2-liter supercharged V8 develops 707 hp, however, in the case of this Chevy C10 truck, the HEMI crate motor has undergone further tuning to develop 745 hp… at the wheels, not the crank. The engine swap also includes the six-speed manual gearbox, and in true muscle car fashion, all that power gets sent solely to the rear wheels of the pickup. With no weight back thee, it's a recipe for smoke on demand. It wasn't just a straight forward swap, though, as putting that much power into something like a classic Chevy truck takes some work.
Among the changes made, the suspension is almost all-new to deal with all that extra power. Likewise, massive Wilwood brakes featuring six-piston and four-piston brake calipers, front and rear, provide the power to anchor the C10 from high speeds. There's a full air suspension setup in play, too, allowing adjustable levels of ride height, while attempting to keep everything firmly stuck to the tarmac are a set of 20-inch HRE alloy wheels shod in wide, sticky tires.