If you’ve seen “The Matrix” (Warner Bros., 1999) then you’ve seen some of A.J. Greco’s work; he designed the eyewear for the hit movie—and others. However, that’s not the only thing the Las Vegas, Nevada resident has designed. His latest design isn’t eyewear but eye candy in the form of a fully customized, supercharged 2006 Chrysler 300C SRT8 that may well be the fastest one on the street.
“Everyone asks me why I built this car the way I did,” Greco says. “I did it because I wanted the ultimate 300C SRT8 in the world! Before I purchased the car, I put about four months of research in the project before I started buying parts. I wanted the car to be very well-engineered so it would be a true super car…something that would hold its own against BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes and Ferraris. I’ve more than surprised a few of them.”
The majority of the aftermarket components on the Chrysler are custom “one-off” pieces built to Greco’s specifications by real craftsmen from all over the U.S. Greco chose Darrell and Tim Cimbanin of Cimtex Rods (Jarrell, Texas) to be the overall coordinators of the project and to do the lion’s share of the makeover in their shop.
“These guys are very detailed in everything that they do, so I knew my baby was in good hands,” Greco notes.
Taking the car all over the country for the rest of the work consumed nearly six months—and approximately $175,000—but the result is a true Gran Touring super car capable of 4-second 0-60 mph times, 122 mph in the 1/4 mile, 1 G in the turns and a top speed of 190 mph (as tested on Ford’s proving grounds).
“Bill [Tagney] and the gang at San Diego Superchargers (Lakeside, California) are responsible for the outrageous power this car makes,” Greco says. “The way [Bill] has this car tuned, it produces so much horsepower it accelerates like a rocket ship; it’s a real handful to drive.”
The car came out so well, it premiered in DaimlerChrysler’s exhibit at the 2006 Las Vegas SEMA Show and was also on display at the 2007 International CES in Las Vegas and won Best Contemporary Modified at the 2006 Mopars on the Strip car show.
“Thanks to the talents of everyone involved in the project, this car has a real wow factor about it; it’s so highly detailed,” Greco states. “It’s also a tribute to my father, who recently died. Building the car in his memory was my way of focusing on something positive.”