DODGE CHALLENGER CLOCKS 7.66 SECOND QUARTER MILE: NEW RECORD

The Highly Modified Muscle Car Packs 1,500 Horsepower

Dodge Challenger

A Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat known for breaking records has just broke another one. Nicknamed “007,” this Hellcat Challenger was the first Hellcat-powered car to run eights, and then again to run sevens, according to Allpar. Most recently, it punched out a 7.66 second quarter-mile at 178 mph, at Kentucky Raceway. The car beat its previous record by .03 seconds at a density altitude of 400 feet. The muscle car is owned by the Epling Garage family race team

From the outside, this Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat looks basically bone stock, save for the racing slicks and the aero work in the back.The factory body and chassis remain intact, but the window glass has been replaced with lighter composite materials, and there’s been weight savings from within the interior, as well. Nevertheless, this 7.66 second rocket tips the scales at over 4,000 pounds. Somebody let them know that Speedkore might be able to help with that.

According to the report, the Hellcat Hemi V8 in this Dodge Challenger has been extremely modified in order to produce an earth-moving 1,500 horsepower. The cylinders have been bored and stroked to 426 cubic inches (7.0 liters), and also features ThiTek cylinder heads, a 4.9L Kenne Bell supercharger, a custom Comp Cams camshaft, a Holley EFI fuel system, a Snow Performance water injection system and a nitrous oxide system. The engine is tuned to run on Q16 racing fuel. A Liberty five-speed manual transmission sends the power to the rear wheels through a Strange rear diff, out to 28-inch Mickey Thompson radials. Indeed, surprisingly, this record setter is not an automatic.

So yeah, it has the wrong transmission, it’s hilariously heavy, can barely hold things together out of the gate, and tested at a positive density altitude.. and it just keeps smashing records. And that, folks, is the power of power. To watch the record run of 007, simply watch the video. With all of the headwinds fighting this Dodge Challenger Hellcat, we imagine it will be faster still.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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