This thing is built different.
Manufacturers like Dodge continue to buck the trend of going electric by offering overpowered V8 muscle cars to the public. Vehicles like the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat offer a ton of performance for less than a ton of money, and despite Dodge's claims that an electric muscle car is coming in 2024, the brand is still proud of its gas-guzzling reputation. We've seen countless videos of the Dodge Challenger racing all sorts of cars, and in Redeye spec, it has been known to take out the Tesla Model S Performance, but the Challenger featured in this YouTube video posted by MotorTube is a different beast altogether.
The car in question is currently the world's fastest Hellcat Redeye and has managed a couple of low eight-second passes. In the video, owner Jim takes us through a list of modifications. Under the hood, this Challenger runs a 426 BES race block with high tech heads and a twin turbo setup with 78-mm Garrett turbo that can run up to 40 psi, however the car is currently running on 20 psi due to the transmission. A custom Hogan's intake sucks up boost, and a 16 inch exhaust dump blows exhaust gasses out of the coolest fender-mounted exits you've ever seen.
Jim doesn't give us any power figures, but you can bet its more than double the stock 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft these cars make from the factory. The car runs a Holley ECU and driver info cluster. Power gets sent to a 9-inch pumpkin diff via an M&M shifter linked to a Turbo 400 automatic transmission and a set of Strange axles. The car rides on a Menscer suspension and features 315/60/R15 Mickey Thompson street ET tires in the back.
Jim says that he's shed 239 pounds off the curb weight thanks to a carbon-fiber deck lid, doors, and sunroof panel, with the total weight now coming in at 3,923 pounds. Jim says that he's spent over $300k on this car, which does not include the cost of the car itself. Racing isn't cheap kids.
He says that the current goal is to get into the mid 7-second range, but the 6-second bracket isn't out of reach either. In the video, this Challenger Hellcat Redeye manages a time of 8.33 seconds at 164.47 mph with a 0.3418 reaction time and a 1.3941-second 60-foot time. Now that's hauling ass.