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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

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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