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Breaking In The Carbon Fiber 1968 Dodge Charger

Speedkore Dodge Charger Hellucination Raplh Gilles

You’ve likely heard of the Hellucination, a 1968 Dodge Charger built by SpeedKore, a mod shop specializing in stylish creations. This particular muscle car build was actually for Ralph Gilles, Head of Design for Stellantis North America. What makes it so special is that the entire body is carbon fiber, which sheds considerable weight, and enables the 1,000-horsepower Hellephant engine to feel even more potent than it is. So, what better way to break in a new vehicle than take it on a road trip?

Hellucination 1968 Dodge Charger: The First Miles

Ralph Gilles didn’t want the car to end up being just a trophy build that sits in the garage, but something that he drives. So he and Josh Welton took the Carbon Fiber 1968 Dodge Charger Hellucination on a 1400-mile journey from Michigan down to the Smokey Mountains. Throughout the ride, many people stopped to take pictures of the car and ask questions. While the outside of the vehicle remains largerly stock, it does feature a front chin spoiler, tightened-up bumpers, and sneaky turn signals hidden in the flanks of the grille, which helps it stand out from the original Charger.

Speedkore Dodge Charger Hellucination Video

The interior is a different story; the majority of the original car has been stripped away and replaced with a modern grey and yellow motif. While the interior has modern touches with 3D printed switches and the eye-catching ugly modern shifter. The wheels are HRE units specifically made for the build and are the same style as the General Lee, which we learn is something Ralph Gilles drew inspiration from with the build. With 19 and 20 inch wheels and 345-section tires in the rear, the Charger hugs the pavement beautifully and eats every mile of windy road driven during the trip.

The vehicle’s exhaust stands out and sounds spectacular, and as noted in the video, it’s not overly loud, which is perfect since this car will likely be driven quite a bit. In addition, the carbon fiber body is undoubtedly what people seem to be drawn to, as many ask if it’s real or just a wrap, just another reason why this 1968 Speedkore Dodge Charger is a work of art.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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