It is expected to get more than the 707 horses that come as standard

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is not just an event; it’s a festival. Sounds clichéd, but it’s true. It has been the second-longest running race in the States in terms of racing tradition, the 2019 Edition being the 97th Pikes Peak Climb. It is not just about speed here, but it’s about the physical and mental endurance a driver goes through to complete the climb. Nevertheless, it attracts a lot of attention every year and this year is no exception. Arguably, the most exciting thing about this year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb is Dodge’s entry to the summit. If you are a Dodge fan, you might have guessed it already. The automaker is bringing its latest creation - the 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody.

This Charger Will Break All Hell Loose

Pikes Peak Dodge Will Climb to the Heavens with the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Concept
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Dodge recently unveiled the Charger Hellcat Widebody at the SpringFest 14 in April 2019. But this model is going to be even more special. Perhaps, the most kickass version of the Charger seen to date. The Charger Hellcat Widebody is painted in red, black, gray, and white SRT livery. The Charger Hellcat Widebody will have more power, thicker tires, and a lot more braking ability. The reins of the piloting this beast have been given to Randy Pobst, a professional racing driver. The climb is not an easy one by any means and Dodge has been prepping its car for the same. The 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 mill was reworked on, a roll cage was added, and the car was sent on a diet as well so it would be more agile to take up the 156 turns to reach the summit.

As of now, we just know that the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Concept is going to be more powerful.

So, that means it will be coming with more than 707 ponies under the hood. This specially tuned mill is mated to a crisp-shifting TorqueFlite high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission.

Dodge has used Bilstein shock absorbers and production SRT suspension tuning to counter the conditions. As for the bodily appearance, the widebody treatment adds about 3.5-inches to the Charger’s body width, enables 20-inch by 11-inch wheels and wide, competition-spec tires.

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Dodge also says that the Charger Widebody comes with better safety gear and brake pads specifically customized to handle the wrath of the Pikes Peak.

Dodge has used six-piston Brembo brake calipers for the front wheels and four-piston Brembo calipers for the rear. Since the car needs to be a production-spec example, it carries an air conditioning compressor, similar to the production car.

Is It A Friend, or a ’Challenger’?

Pikes Peak Dodge Will Climb to the Heavens with the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Concept
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The car will be competing Wesley Motorsports’ Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody in the exhibition class of the climb. Dodge says they have been working on sending the Hellcat 14,115 feet above sea level for three to four months now. Talking about their histories, this will the fourth time Randy Pobst will be climbing up the summit, while Welsey will be marking its third entry. Wesley tested the roads earlier with a Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody and a Viper ACR.

Speaking of the Pikes Peak itself, the climb is basically a 12.4-mile drive that consists of 156 hair-pin bends.

The climb starts at an elevation of 9,390-feet above sea level and ends at 14,115-feet above. Since the air gets thinner with every turn, it’s not just the driver who feels exhausted; but also the car. Things were even more challenging until the last decade when the ’road’ was just dirt. Later on, a tarmac road was made but this made things even more complicated. Cars now don’t just need to be durable, strong, and safe; they also need to be fast.

What They Had To Say

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Randy Pobst is a big name, and this is what he had to say, " I’m thrilled to run Pikes Peak in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept race car. The driving challenge is like no other on Earth. This specially prepared Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept has the three ‘must haves’ for this hill climb: lots of horsepower and torque to hit 120 mph plus on the sweepers; great handling with the wider wheels and tires, because there is absolutely no room for mistakes on a mountain road; and the superb brakes to haul that puppy down for 20-mph hairpin turns”.

The Badass Charger

Pikes Peak Dodge Will Climb to the Heavens with the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Concept
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Speaking of the production-spec 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, it is powered by a 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine that churns out 707 horses and 650 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the wheel via an eight-speed automatic gearbox which helps the car speed up to 196 mph before it loses it breath, thus making it the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world. 0-60 mph figure, you ask? 3.6 seconds.

The 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be held on 30 June.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Led Zeppelin fan or an AC/DC fan, because this is climb is a duet track - it’s Highway to Heaven! What are you looking forward to in this event? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Further Reading

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Read up on the updated, 2019 Dodge Charger

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Read our in-depth driven review of the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

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Read our review of the 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona

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Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Concept Joins Race-prepped Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody on Its Run Up the Mountain This Year
Race-prepped, one-off concept 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody to compete in the Exhibition class at the 97th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado
Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept is powered by a specially tuned version of the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8 engine, mated to crisp-shifting TorqueFlite high performance eight-speed automatic transmission
Widebody treatment adds 3.5 inches to Dodge Charger’s body width, enables 20-inch by 11-inch wheels and wide, competition-spec tires
Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept adds safety gear, shocks and brake pads tailored to the extreme demands of racing on Pikes Peak
Award-winning driver Randy Pobst making his fourth career run at “Race to the Clouds”
Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept prepared with Pikes Peak veterans from SRT Engineering and the Wesley Motorsports team
Celebrates the arrival of Dodge’s new-for-2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody production car – the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world and the quickest, best-handling production Charger SRT Hellcat ever
June 27, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The world-renowned Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado is all about challenges. Drivers must negotiate 156 turns over 12.4 miles – a route that puts a premium on handling and top-notch braking. The air is thin at the 9,390-foot start and gets thinner on the climb to the finish line at 14,115 feet, affecting the engine’s output and the driver’s stamina.

In short, it’s a job for an SRT Hellcat – specifically, a race-prepped, concept machine based on the just-announced 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. The concept wears distinctive red/black/gray/white SRT livery created by the FCA US Product Design Office and first previewed at SpringFest 14 in April.

"When you look at a Charger, you of course think ’muscle car,’ but maybe not ‘Pike’s Peak contender,’" said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA - North America. “So we did what we do; we threw big horsepower, big rubber and big brakes at it. It’s just that easy to make a Dodge race ready. And the best part, most of what we did is available off the showroom floor in the new 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody."

Dodge//SRT engineers teamed with Wesley Motorsports to make changes to the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody production specs, tailoring the sedan for the unique, grueling rigors of Pikes Peak:
Under the concept’s hood is the specially tuned supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8 engine
A race exhaust and customized engine calibration are particularly important, enabling this special race-prepped Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody to maintain power at the upper altitudes of the Pikes Peak run
Bilstein shock absorbers and production SRT suspension tuning are well-suited for the intense high-speed conditions
Toyo Proxes RR DOT Competition Tires on 20-inch by 11-inch production wheels, Pagid RST 1 racing brake pads and high-temperature brake fluid provide the grip and sustained stopping power for the extreme mountainous race conditions seen at Pike’s Peak
For driver safety under all racing circumstances, the concept is equipped with an FIA-spec roll cage, racing seat and a fuel cell replacing the production fuel tank

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, including:
Six-piston Brembo brake calipers for the front wheels and four-piston Brembo calipers for the rear
Crisp-shifting TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with SRT-developed high-performance calibration
The Pikes Peak Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept even carries an air conditioning compressor, standard equipment on its production counterpart, to maintain its production-car credibility for the competition.

Award-winning driver Randy Pobst, a three-time “Race to the Clouds” veteran and resident expert test driver for Motor Trend magazine, will be in the driver’s seat of this special Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept, race-prepped by Wesley Motorsports of Lansing, Michigan. The 97th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is set for Sunday, June 30. The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept will compete in the Exhibition Class.

“I’m thrilled to run Pikes Peak in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept race car," said professional race car driver Randy Pobst. “The driving challenge is like no other on Earth. This specially prepared Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept has the three ‘must haves’ for this hill climb: lots of horsepower and torque to hit 120 mph plus on the sweepers; great handling with the wider wheels and tires, because there is absolutely no room for mistakes on a mountain road; and the superb brakes to haul that puppy down for 20-mph hairpin turns.”

The Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept joins a race-prepped Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody at this year’s event. This will be the Challenger’s second year up the mountain in the Time Attack 1 class. Kevin Wesley will be behind the wheel.

This will be the third year that Wesley Motorsports has campaigned a modern, specially prepared Dodge//SRT high-performance vehicle at Pikes Peak:
2016: Viper ACR sets the Class TA2 qualifying record; finished second on race day
2018: Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody qualified fifth in Class TA1. Finished 11th due to mechanical issues

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Race Concept based on new production model
Dodge is literally expanding its high-performance Charger models for 2020, adding a Widebody package to America’s only four-door muscle car.

Designed and engineered to push the boundaries of what a four-door family sedan can be, the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is powered by the proven supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine, which delivers best-in-class 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a standard TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission. With a top speed of 196 mph, the Charger SRT Hellcat maintains its claim as the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.

It is also the quickest and best-handling production Charger SRT Hellcat ever, as the 3.5-inch wider body makes room for new 20-inch by 11-inch Carbon Black forged wheels riding on wider, stickier Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tires.

SRT engineers took this wider, stickier beast to the track to see what it can do. The result: improved performance on the street, strip and road course. The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody runs 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, has quarter-mile elapsed time (ET) in 10.96 seconds and pulls .96 g on the skid pad. It also delivers a road course lap time 2.1 seconds faster than the vehicle it replaces after one lap of a 2.1-mile track. That is equal to 13 car lengths per lap.

About Dodge//SRT
Dodge//SRT offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. Dodge is America’s performance brand and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded the brand in 1914. Their influence continues today. New for 2019, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is possessed by the Demon. Its 797-horsepower supercharged HEMI® high-output engine makes it the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car, reaching 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.4 seconds, and the fastest GT production car with a ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. It also reaches a new top speed of 203 mph.

Joining the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with its more powerful 717-horsepower engine, and the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, featuring fender flares from the SRT Hellcat Widebody, which add 3.5 inches of width to the 485-horsepower Scat Pack’s standard body. Also new for 2019 is the Challenger R/T Scat Pak 1320 with exclusive drag strip technology from the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is a drag-oriented, street-legal muscle car and a blank canvas for the serious grassroots drag racer. The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV with a best-in-class tow rating of 8,700 lbs., completes the brand’s performance lineup. These visceral performance models join a 2019 brand lineup that includes the Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger — a showroom that offers performance at every price point.

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