Built as a road-going version of the movie car driven by character Dominic Toretto in Universal Pictures’ new Fast & Furious blockbuster, F9, SpeedKore’s “Hellacious™” Charger is the custom car builder’s first mid-engine classic muscle car. SpeedKore has worked with the Fast franchise since 2015 when its 1970 Dodge Charger “Tantrum” appeared in Furious 7. Both SpeedKore Chargers will appear in F9, which arrives in U.S. theaters June 25, 2021.
“This Charger is one of our most extreme builds to date,” said Jim Kacmarcik, president and owner of SpeedKore. “After commissioning renowned designer Sean Smith to design the car and working with F9’s picture vehicle coordinator Dennis McCarthy to build the nine chassis and vehicle bodies for the film, we wanted to bring the movie magic of F9 to life. ‘Hellacious’ is a road-going version of the movie car with the functionality of a purpose-built performance car. We couldn’t be more excited to debut ‘Hellacious’ alongside the actual film as yet another unique representation of our design and engineering capabilities as a custom car builder.”
“Hellacious” gets its power from a supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8 mounted between the rear axles in a custom SpeedKore-engineered frame. The engine’s 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque make it to the rear wheels via a gated-manual Graziano transaxle from a Lamborghini Gallardo. Both the engine and transmission use Motul fluids for reliable performance.
The Hellcat V-8 breathes through a custom exhaust fabricated from MagnaFlow components; the SpeedKore-designed headers and dual mufflers are routed high in the chassis to clear the mid-engine powertrain before exiting through downward-facing tips. A front-mount Saldana performance radiator keeps the engine cool while accommodating the mid-engine architecture of the car. At the rear, high-performance intercoolers feed cool air to the 2.4-liter supercharger.
“Hellacious” gets its low stance complements of a SpeedKore-designed perimeter frame with double A-arm front suspension from Detroit Speed and an integrated rear cradle with double wishbone suspension from Race Car Replicas (RCR). An Ididit steering column and Detroit Speed steering rack improve agility, while QA1 shocks with track-focused dampening add handling composure.
Brembo 6-piston calipers up front and dual Brembo 4-piston calipers out back help “Hellacious” come to a quick stop while a hydraulic hand brake assists with drifts and slides. Custom HRE 18-inch “Hellacious” center-lock wheels with 275/35R18 front and 345/35R18 rear tires complete this purpose-built setup.
“Hellacious” is rendered in full carbon fiber like SpeedKore’s previous Chargers but adds a bespoke wide body styled by Sean Smith Designs. Pronounced fender cut-outs, unique body siding and a glass rear hatch to expose the engine compartment complete the aggressive bodywork while BASF Glasurit matte-black paint adds sinister style. Inside, “Hellacious” sports a sparse, no-frills interior. Low-back racing seats and Simpson harnesses keep the driver and passenger in place while gauges from Classic Instruments mounted in an aluminum dashboard relay necessary information to the driver. An integrated roll hoop and rear-facing firewall lend protection and motorsports styling.
To balance the extensive body modifications, SpeedKore included some subtle details as well. The vertical-slat grille uses factory 1968 Charger hideaway headlights and is finished with metal brightwork, complimenting the brushed steel front and rear bumpers. Shaved rain gutters and flush-mounted glass present a seamless side profile while a rear fascia with round quad taillights and a bronze stripe keyed to the color of the wheels finish the look.
For more information on the 1968 Hellacious Dodge Charger and SpeedKore carbon fiber parts, please visit www.speedkore.com, or stay connected with the team on Facebook and Instagram at @SpeedKore01.