Over the past few decades, the art of building a pro-touring muscle car has evolved. While the idea of keeping a classic shape atop loads of modern underpinnings remains intact, the approach and methods used today are truly cutting-edge. SpeedKore are among the very best when it comes to these machines, thanks in no small part to their extensive use of carbon fiber. They are also known for their insanely powerful engines, which is why it’s no surprise they’ve built a Hellephant V8-powered 1970 Dodge Charger.
The Grafton, Wisconsin based shop hasn’t simply dropped a Hellephant V8 crate engine into a vintage Charger by any means. This build is actually part of a production run based on their Evolution Charger, which won the Goodguys Gold Award at SEMA 2018. These heavily-modified Mopars carry a base price of $400,000, but customer specifications can increase it from there. The owner of this particular car wasn’t satisfied with the upgraded Demon engine that normally powers one of these beasts, and instead opted for the ultra-rare Hellephant V8 crate engine.
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Our first Hellephant-powered Charger hit the dyno last week at @gearheadfabrications. This Monster from Mopar will be mated to a ZF 8HP90 8-speed automatic capable of handling some serious horsepower and torque. What are your guesses for power figures? #SpeedKore #SpeedKore01 #madeinamerica #carbonfiber #custom #madeintheusa #auto #dodge #charger #dodgecharger #mopar #chargerevolution #speedkorebuilt #1000HP #1000horsepower #hellephant #hemi #hellephanthemi
In case you’ve forgotten, this 426-cubic-inch supercharged engine produces 1,000 horsepower and 950 ft-lbs of torque out of the box. It is the crown of the Mopar engine catalogue, and it carried a MSRP of $29,995. We say carried, because the entire production run managed to sell out in just 48 hours. SpeedKore were one of the lucky few to get their hands on this V8, having shoved it into this Charger.
The tuning house uploaded a video of the car making its first pass on the dyno, while also noting that it is running a ZF 8HP90 8-speed automatic gearbox. It sounds every bit of 1,000 horsepower, but knowing SpeedKore it is likely well beyond that. Let us know below how much power you think they’ve managed to eke out of this Hellephant V8 engine.