SpeedKore, the American performance company known for its carbon-fiber vehicles and pre-preg carbon-fiber composite parts, unveiled its most carbon-fiber-intensive build to date, the 1968 Dodge Charger “Hellucination” built for client Ralph Gilles. The bespoke Charger features a full carbon-fiber body, floor and wheel tubs mounted to a custom SpeedKore perimeter frame for a wider track, menacing stance and dramatically improved handling capabilities.
“Hellucination” gets its power from a 1,000-horsepower Dodge Hellephant 7.0L V8. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed transmission, with both the engine and transmission utilizing Motul fluids for reliable performance. The Hellephant breathes through custom SpeedKore-fabricated headers and an exhaust system with MagnaFlow mufflers. The car uses a dry-sump oiling system and a fuel cell, both with trunk-mounted reservoirs. The oil and fuel lines are run inside the SpeedKore custom frame, delivering a low and clean look while keeping the lines out of harm’s way.
The custom SpeedKore frame with perimeter reinforcements and roll cage delivers a low stance and wider track for improved handling dynamics. It rides on a double A-arm front suspension from Detroit Speed and a custom four-bar diagonal link rear suspension by SpeedKore. An Ididit steering column and Woodward steering rack improve agility, while Penske dual-adjustable coilovers add composure.
Brembo six-piston calipers up front and dual Brembo four-piston calipers out back help “Hellucination” come to a quick stop. Custom HRE “Hellucination” 19×9-inch front and 20×12-inch rear wheels with 265/35ZR19 and 345/30ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires complete the setup.
In addition to its full carbon-fiber floor and wheel tubs – a first for SpeedKore – “Hellucination” features a front-hinged SpeedKore carbon-fiber hood, custom front and rear SpeedKore valances and one-off LED 1968 Charger head and taillights from Dapper Lighting. “Hellucination’s” body panels are rendered entirely in carbon fiber, showcased by a clear finish using BASF Glasurit. The carbon fiber extends into the interior with a custom carbon-fiber dash, door panels and rear interior quarter panels. The seats feature carbon-fiber backs and upholstery by Gabe’s Custom Interiors with RaceQuip four-point harnesses to keep driver and passenger in place, while gauges from Classic Instruments relay necessary information to the driver. A custom SpeedKore center console and 2,000-watt Bluetooth-driven audio system from KICKER Audio complete the interior experience.