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Mike Copeland Builds Another Head Turner

Dodge Outrage
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Believe it or not, the mid-engine 1984 Dodge Rampage you see before you took just ten weeks to build, but took years for the plan to come together. Arrington Performance CEO and SEMA builder extraordinaire Mike Copland was just waiting for the right donor vehicle. In this case, a bohemian camper originally owned by an elderly woman residing in the Pacific Northwest.

In place of the camper in the bed is now a built out 392 Hemi V8 completely with a Borla 8-stack injection system, pushing out an amazing 650 horsepower without the use of forced induction, which is the best way to do it if you ask us. Sending all of this mid-ship power to the very nearby rear wheels is a Mendeola transaxle. Red Line lubricants and additives were used throughout the build process.

Here are some more details of this devilish Dodge: a Holley Dominator EFI ECU commands the Hemi V8, which also wears modified Kooks headers that were originally made for an LS engine, but has been modified with Hemi flanges. Additionally, this Dodge Rampage, appropriately named ‘Outrage’, features a modified Factory Five chassis that has been lengthened and narrowed to accommodate the original wheelbase. Providing the stopping power is a set of Baer XTR 6-piston calipers and 14-inch rotors in all four corners, which are fitted behind a set of Forgeline custom wheels measuring 18×10 at the front and 18×11 at the rear wrapped in sticky BFGoodrich G-Force Rival S 1.5 tires. Added for good measure is a front splitter and a rear wing, but we’re not sure how functional they are.

Performance numbers such as 0-60 or a quarter-mile time were not immediately available for this pint-sized pickup, but the intent of this build is for it to be driven. We hope to see more of Copeland’s Dodge Outrage soon, and hopefully with the monster Hemi engine banging off the rev limiter.

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.

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