Be afraid, be very afraid

It has been a while since we last heard about SpeedKore and in a way, the whole waiting paid off. The Wisconsin-based custom shop that used to delight our eyes at SEMA has been brewing something over the past months and now it is finally out. Meet the SpeedKore Dodge Charger Hellraiser built specifically for comedian and actor Kevin Hart.

SpeedKore's Dodge Charger Hellraiser Is Built For Kevin Hart Exterior
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Few custom shops can churn out projects like SpeedKore. Those guys have achieved a balance between craftsmanship, engineering, and the lost art of car artisanship which now gives us one of the sickest muscle car restomods in the world. The Hellraiser makes no exception. That said, let us start with the Hellephant in the room.

SpeedKore Dodge Charger Hellraiser – Engine and drivetrain

SpeedKore's Dodge Charger Hellraiser Is Built For Kevin Hart Drivetrain
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The larger-than-life hood hides a monstrosity of an engine, namely a Dodge 426 Hemi Hellephant crate engine. The 7-liter V-8 cranks out 1,000 horsepower and 950 pound-feet of torque courtesy of a 3-liter supercharger and connects to a custom exhaust made in-house by SpeedKore with fabricated headers and dual Magnaflow mufflers.

Also custom are the billet aluminum supercharger cover and the fuel tank.
Power goes to the wheels through a Dodge Demon-borrowed ZF 8HP90 eight-speed transmission.

SpeedKore's Dodge Charger Hellraiser Is Built For Kevin Hart Drivetrain
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SpeedKore Dodge Charger Hellraiser specifications
Engine 7-liter V-8 + 3-liter supercharger
Horsepower 1,000 HP
Torque 950 LB-FT
Transmission ZF 8HP90 eight-speed

As far as stopping power is concerned, it comes from a Brembo braking system with six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear. Also, the front suspension setup is borrowed from a C6 Corvette and imbued with Detroit Speed and Woodward parts, while the rear setup is a custom SpeedKore build with Penske double-adjustable shocks.

SpeedKore Dodge Charger Hellraiser - Exterior

SpeedKore's Dodge Charger Hellraiser Is Built For Kevin Hart Exterior
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Just like SpeedKore’s Evolution Charger, the Hellraiser wears a carbon-fiber body that has been designed and built by SpeedKore. It also integrates a 14-point roll cage. SpeedKore essentially scanned an original 1970 Dodge Charger and then created the molds and plugs needed to fabricate the body panels using a five-axis CNC machine.

SpeedKore’s Hellraiser rides on 19-inch three-piece HRE S201 wheels in the front and 20 inchers in the rear, shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.

SpeedKore Dodge Charger Hellraiser - Interior

SpeedKore's Dodge Charger Hellraiser Is Built For Kevin Hart Interior
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For the Hellraiser’s cabin, SpeedKore worked with Gabe’s Custom Interiors, which brought in the Recaro GT Sportster seats, a fully new center console, steering wheel, and dashboard. It looks retro but it does feature a touch of modern courtesy of a Focal audio system and climate control, which according to SpeedKore, provide “grand tourer comfort.”

Final Word

SpeedKore's Dodge Charger Hellraiser Is Built For Kevin Hart Exterior
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We cannot tell you how much the build costs, mostly because this detail will remain private between SpeedKore and Kevin Hart. We can assume, however, that the sticker on the Hellraiser goes well into six-figure territory.

Needless to say, it’s good too see that Kevin Hart got over the crash he was involved in back in 2019 while being driven by Jared Black, who lost control of Hart’s 720-horsepower 1970 Plymouth Barracuda – also built by SpeedKore. Hart needed back surgery; however, it is safe to say that recovery went well since he’s back at owning beastly custom-made muscle cars.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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