The custom 1968 Dodge Charger Restomod has style, attitude and a Hellephant crate engine.
See Hellucination, a special muscle car that hails from a golden era of car design undergoing a major overhaul and heart transplant for 2022.
This heart transplant is a Hellephant crate engine and the Top Gear YouTube channel takes the time to inspect the car and dive into the ins and outs of such a great project.
Dodge’s charger 1968 is an instantly recognizable machine with a design that makes it iconic and a favorite of many – let’s look at the ’60s restomod muscle car with the engine swapped out to see exactly what happened , when a crazy idea went from paper to reality.
The 1968 Dodge Charger Restomod Hellephant Crate Engine Project
This car is the brainchild of Ralph Gilles, chief designer at Stellantis and responsible for cars like the Chrysler 300 and the 5th generation Dodge SRT Viper.
Constructed by SpeedKore, the result is a high-volume, all-carbon fiber restomod that transforms a rusty barn find into a thoroughbred monster.
The car is black with visible carbon fiber and has a low stance, with custom wheels that sit high in the wheel arches, there are LED lights front and rear, although the grille and main mold retain the iconic style.
Its biggest surprise is under the hood in the form of the infamous Hellephant crate engine, a 7-liter supercharged Dodge V8 that puts out around 1000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque.
Top Gear’s tuning correspondent goes through the details of the restomod muscle car and the qualities go deeper than just the engine.
A Restomod 1968 Dodge Charger with a supercharged 7 liter engine
One of the most impressive things about the car is its carbon fiber hull construction, which makes it super light and stiff and has more in common with a Ferrari supercar than a muscle car.
Its interior uses 3D printing for the selectors and other custom parts, while the engine bay is also pared down and the Hellephant engine looks clean and free of wires or cables.
SpeedKore took pains to make the car to Ralph’s specifications, which meant it had to look low, clean, and almost like a moving picture.
Based on icons from film and media, this Stellantis designer’s favorite took a lot of blood, sweat, tears and probably money to turn around, but now it sits in an unknown location, looking badass and ready for the drag stripes