One-off widebody Hellcat looks to Pike's Peak

By CARSIFU | 28 June 2019

LANSING (Michigan): Dodge is looking to send its venerable Charger SRT Hellcat up into the clouds of Pike's Peak and it'll be dressed up in a custom widebody kit and plenty of performance modifications to boot.

The now American four-door muscle car is a race-prepared concept that's based on the new road-going Charger Sport and Racing Technology (SRT) Hellcat Widebody.

The concept, which will compete in the Exhibition Class on June 30, wears a distinctive red/black/gray/white SRT livery created by the FCA US Product Design Office that was first previewed at SpringFest on April 14.

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Engineers at Dodge SRT have teamed up with Wesley Motorsports to bring about a specially tuned supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI V8 engine.

The custom tune and a race exhaust system will help the car maintain its power output at the upper altitudes during the "run up into the clouds".

For handling purposes, this Hellcat will be fitted with Bilstein shock absorbers with what seems to be standard production SRT springs.

To keep it from slipping will be a set of standard 20x11-inch Carbon Black forged wheels wrapped by Toyo Proxes RR DOT Competition tyres.

Stopping power will come from the high-temperature brake fluid that will help the Pagid RST 1 racing brake pads bite hard to bleed speed and if the worst should happen, an FIA-spec roll cage, racing seat and racing fuel cell help to up safety levels.

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While the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody for Pikes Peak is a one-off concept, it carries much of the stock equipment used for the production version of the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody.

Such equipment includes the front six-piston and rear four-piston Brembo brake callipers, SRT developed and tuned TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

Not to mention, this Hellcat hasn't been entirely stripped out and still even carries an air conditioning compressor as well as other standard equipment to maintain its production-car credibility.

Helming the widebody Hellcat will be award-winning driver Randy Pobst, a three-time “Race to the Clouds” veteran for the 97th running of the climb up Pike's Peak.

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As standard, the Hellcat Widebody is 3.5-inches (89mm) wider with its supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine producing 707hp and 880Nm of torque - allowing it to sprint from 0-100kph in 3.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 318kph.

With stickier Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tyres on its 20-inch wheels, the 3.5-inch (89mm) wider hellcat is able to pull 0.96g on the skid pad.

Such improvements allow this new Hellcat Widebody to lap a 3.4km track some 2.1 seconds faster (about 13 car lengths per lap) than before.

The hill climb is a world-renowned up-hill climb that forces drivers to negotiate 156 turns over a 20km route.

The climb starts at an altitude of 9,390-feet where the air is thin before finishing at 14,115-feet which robs the engine of performance and the driver of stamina.

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