When it comes to high-horsepower machines, perhaps none are more accessible than Dodge’s Hellcat lineup. These 700+ horsepower muscle cars have been ubiquitous symbols of automotive shenanigans, thanks in no small part to their relatively affordable entry price. Of course the Hellcat products also offer muscle car fans a great platform for aftermarket tweaking, and can be transformed into frighteningly fast machines. One Dodge Charger Hellcat owner was able to highlight just how capable the Hellcat platform is recently when he piloted his sedan down the 1/4 mile in under eight seconds. Here’s what you need to know about the run and the record-breaking car.
The Seven-Second Charger Hellcat
The Dodge Charger Hellcat in question is owned by one Zdung Ho, owner of ZHTunes. Ho is no stranger to smashing Hellcat-related records, as his Charger was the first of these hyper-Dodges to smash the 8-second barrier in the 1/4 mile. And while that is already impressive for such a large car, Ho’s pass on April 25 at Houston Raceway Park took things to another level. After a great launch, the Dodge Charger was able to fly down the strip in just 7.908 seconds, posting a trap speed of 175.55 mph. That made Ho the first person to get a Hellcat of any kind into the sevens, which is downright incredible. For reference, a stock Dodge Charger Hellcat needs 11.9 seconds to run a 1/4 mile, and does so at just over 126 mph.
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The Mod List
Now in order to run a seven-second pass, Ho’s muscle car needed to be fit with a healthy amount of modifications. The stock 6.2L supercharged V8 has been replaced by a 7.2L stroker engine built by Demon Performance and TKM. The engine features ThiTek cylinder heads, a custom Demon Performance camshaft, a Winberg billet crankshaft, Diamond pistons, Manton Roller Rockers, and Carrillo Pro-H Rods. Sitting atop the motor is a massive 4.5L Whipple blower, which is supported by a FI Interchiller system, a Fore triple pump fuel system, and ID2150 injectors. For even more oomph, the car is spraying nitrous as well. Ho tuned the motor himself, which is fitting seeing as he runs a tuning company.
In order to get the most out of that monster engine, Ho also had the car fit with a Paramount Performance ZF 8HP90 gearbox, a Driveshaft Shop driveshaft and 1,400-horsepower half shafts, and a Per4Mance Development differential brace. The power gets to the ground via a set of Bogart 15-inch beadlock wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson pro radials, which are supported by a Menscer coilover suspension. As is required for a car of this capability, Ho’s Dodge Charger Hellcat also has a full cage and a nice parachute out back.
Fastest Charger Hellcat Around?
Perhaps the most impressive part of this Dodge Charger Hellcat’s seven-second pass is just how drama free the whole thing was. Once the lights turned green, the car simply hooked up and rocketed down the strip. There wasn’t the slightest hint of wheelspin, which is something we all know that Hellcat’s love to do. All around this is one impressive car, and we’re sure that other Hellcat owners will want to get some more info from Ho about the build. For now however, this might be the fastest Dodge Charger Hellcat out there.