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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Wide-Body

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Wide-Body

The Challenger Hellcat gets a sprinkling of the Demon

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon represents the pinnacle of muscle car madness. It’s the world’s most powerful factory-produced V-8 powered car with 840 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque. It’s faster to 60 mph than the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari, and McLaren P1. It’s also limited to just 3,300 units in North America so getting your hands on one is going to be tough. Don’t be too bummed, though. Just because the Challenger Demon is a little out of your reach, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a Challenger that looks, well, a little bit like it. Dodge is here for you, gentlemen, with a new wide body kit for the Challenger SRT Hellcat that channels some of that demented Demon spirit into a muscle car that’s no stranger to ungodly power.

The new Demon-inspired body kit provides the kind of visual enhancement that helps bring out a little bit of the Hellcat’s demonic side. The wider fenders, in particular, are immediately noticeable, as is the larger-than-usual set of tires that can now be fitted into the Challenger Hellcat thanks to the extra space provided by the fenders. But the kit as a whole is more than just improving bits and pieces of the Hellcat’s own aesthetic look. Dodge even says that the kit is as much about creating room for the Hellcat to improve its own performance credentials as it is about giving it a more menacing visual appearance. Whatever it did, it’s clear that Dodge has something special in store for Challenger Hellcat owners with this new wide-body kit.

Continue reading to learn more about the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody.

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Make Sure You Abide By Dodge's Rules Before You Buy A Challenger SRT Demon

Make Sure You Abide By Dodge’s Rules Before You Buy A Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge isn’t taking any chances, as well it should

Suppose you already have a reservation for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and you’re just waiting for that precious call from your local Dodge dealer. It’s hard not to get excited about getting your hands on one of the most anticipated muscle cars to be released in recent history. Exciting times, isn’t it? Well, before you get a little too excited about the possibilities, Dodge is dousing that excitement with a three-page Demon Disclosure Form that you’ll have to abide by before you can bring your Challenger Demons home.

The document, acquired by Jalopnik, is essentially a “terms and conditions” waiver that Dodge wants every Challenger Demon buyer to sign, effectively waiving their rights to sue in the event they don’t follow any of the conditions laid out by the automaker. Among the important points that Dodge indicated in the form pertains to passenger seats. Specifically, the form says that “if the vehicle is not factory equipped with a passenger seat, customer shall never attempt to install a passenger seat because the passenger will not be properly protected." Another important reminder included in the form is a warning for owners never to use “any “Track-Use” features, functions, equipment or parts on public roads or any other prohibited area.”There are a lot more conditions laid out in the form, and almost all of which were put in to lay out the simple fact that the Challenger SRT is effectively a street-legal drag car and owners should use it with utmost care and caution.

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Want a Hellcat-Powered Ram 1500? This Canadian Dealership Will Build It.

Want a Hellcat-Powered Ram 1500? This Canadian Dealership Will Build It.

This one-off Ram 1500 is likely the only to exist so far

Note: Image above is a rendering that shows what we think an official Ram 1500 Hellcat would look like.

Shortly after Dodge released the Hellcat versions of the Charger and Challenger, we put together a rendering of a Hellcat-powered Ram 1500. The idea was tantalizing: 707 horsepower in a lowered pickup with the attitude and presence of the Viper-powered Dodge Ram SRT10. Sadly FCA has been rather coy on the idea of a HellRam… or HellHauler? It seems all hope is lost.

But one Ram enthusiast fabricated his own hope; he had his local Canadian Ram dealership build one. Yes, a man from Ontario built the first known Hellcat-powered Ram 1500. Road & Track reports the Midland Chrysler purchased a Hellcat crate engine from a dealership in South Carolina for the steep price of $45,000.

The dealership then went to work replacing the Ram’s stock drivetrain with the supercharged Hemi and beefed-up ZF eight-speed automatic. What’s more, the dealership integrated the pickup’s stock 4WD system, making this the first 4WD Hellcat ever. (Save for the one Jeep is currently developing.)

This was no plug-n-play engine swap, however. Technicians have been working since November of 2015 to shoehorn the 6.2-liter V-8 into the Ram 1500’s engine bay. Because of the tall supercharger, a body lift had to be added for clearance. This currently has the truck looking like an off-roader, but future plans including a suspension lowering kit.

And with any proper build, all the conventional components in the Ram still work, including HVAC, the radio, all the gauges, and other electronic gadgets. While this was technically a one-off build, Midland Chrysler says it’s already had plenty of requests for similar builds. According to R&T, Midland’s general manager says an identical Hellcat-powered Ram would cost around $90,000 out the door. That ain’t cheap, but 707 horsepower with 4WD ain’t slow, either.

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The Race of Gentlemen: Craftsman Sponsoring All-Female Racing Team

The Race of Gentlemen: Craftsman Sponsoring All-Female Racing Team

The Race of Gentlemen might not be a racing event you’ve heard about given its young age, but it certainly doesn’t lack history. Taking place on the sands of Wildwood, New Jersey, folks come from across the country to compete in a drag race in custom-built racecars and motorcycles that date back to the first half of the 20th century.

Established in 2012 by the Oilers Car Club – a group steeped in just as much history – the race features cars no newer than 1935 and motorcycles no newer than 1948. Even the parts allowed on competing cars are capped at 1953, giving the growing event a very eclectic and period-correct feel. Think of it like a modern day version of a Bonneville Salt Flat race.

Despite the modern times, no woman has ever competed in a TROG race – until now. Set to race in this October is gearhead Jessi Combs. Her records speak volumes about her mindset and passion in the automotive world. She’s the fastest woman recorded on four wheels, accomplished TV show host, and graduate of WyoTech’s collision and Refinishing Core Program. Jessi will lead an all-women’s team sponsored by Craftsman at this year’s TROG. Their vehicle of choice is a Ford Model T that takes inspiration from the famed Ford 999 racer.

Best of all, Craftsman giving away two tickets for TROG, including travel and accommodations, for this year’s event taking place October 2-4, 2015. The winner and his friend will get a ride in the Craftsman racer, along with time in the pits with Jessi and the Craftsman Crew, including dinner and a professional photo for posterity. In order to win, you’ve got to join the Craftsman Club (here) where members can enter daily to win (here).

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The 5 Most Important Cars in the Evolution of the Hot-Rod

The 5 Most Important Cars in the Evolution of the Hot-Rod

The world today is full of all kinds of incredible hot rods. Open the pages of any magazine, and you’ll see everything from low-buck, stripped-down street thrashers that specialize in straight-line acceleration, to mega-dollar, high-tech dyno queens set for glory on the autocross. You might see a brand-new fuel injected Camaro side-by-side with a primer-gray Chevy Nova, or a chromed-out rail job parked next to a monochrome musclecar. On the surface, these vehicles seem to share very little in common, other than the fact that they’re all hot rods.

This hobby has evolved quite a lot over the years; it’s split and schism’d enough times to have a real family tree, with each modern hot rod having a distinct genealogy of its own, True, some of the branches of the family tree wound up pretty short. But other progenitors went on to sire long and proud family lines.

Here’s my list of the most important hot rods of all time; the ones that changed history, created new forks on the family tree, and left a bit of their DNA behind in all that would follow.

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Jay Leno Reviews 1941 Willys Coupe: Video

Jay Leno Reviews 1941 Willys Coupe: Video

The story of the car in this video is a familiar one, but the sort of thing that gearheads always find heartwarming. A man with a serious love of hot rods and drag racing built a 1941 drag machine, which was passed down to his daughter when he died. The daughter shares this love of cars and still drives the car today. The car is as classic hot-rod as they get, and the story is all you would normally need as a reason to talk about it. But after the first couple of minutes of the video, we find out that there is a bit more to it.

The new owner of this car is none other than Lynsi Snyder, the president and majority shareholder of In-N-Out Burger, a California-based chain which has always been as closely identified with car culture as a burger chain can be. And Lynsi doesn’t just own and drive this hot rod, she has a couple of her own drag cars that she uses to compete in NHRA events. She’s what we’d have called a “gentleman racer” in what was obviously a different era. Her family’s love of cars seems to have really taken.

This video is all the more interesting because Lynsi Snyder is known for being media shy, having been the target of two known kidnapping attempts. At 33, she is the youngest female billionaire in America, and most of her time is taken up with racing and running the business anyway. So this was a rare look at the car, and even if the video did end with a flat tire, it was still touching.

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American Hot Rodders Smash Guiness World Record For Simultaneous Burnout: Video

American Hot Rodders Smash Guiness World Record For Simultaneous Burnout: Video

Where there are hot rods and drag racers, there are smoky burnouts. It’s an automotive fact of life. And at the annual Hot Rod Power Tour, there are an awful lot of hot rods. So what if they all did burnouts at the same time? Would that set a world record? Is there even a world record for the most smoky burnouts at the same time? And would you want to be downwind of an attempt?

As it turns out, there is such a Guinness record, and it was most recently pegged at a hundred and three simultaneous burnouts at the Summernats in Canberra, Australia. Records are made to be broken, of course, and at this year’s Hot Rod Power Tour an attempt was made. At the third stop of this year’s Power Tour, the Memphis International Raceway, Hot Rod and Continental Tire lined up 110 participants along the dragstrip and went for it.

According to Guinness rules, each burnout has to last at least 30 seconds. Owing to the a couple of busted limited-slip differentials and some organization hiccups, Hot Rod doesn’t know if its attempt will be certified to break the record yet…but it makes for some pretty impressive (if not environmentally friendly) images. Gas mask, anyone?

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Video: Forza Motorsport 5 Gets New Meguiar's Car Pack

Video: Forza Motorsport 5 Gets New Meguiar’s Car Pack

Nearly two months after releasing the Alpinestars Car Pack, Turn 10 Studios has announced the introduction of a new downloadable bundle for the Forza Motorsport 5 racing game.

The new package includes ten diverse vehicles that will take users through different automobile eras. Those who fancy vintage American cars will get to drive the 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe, while muscle car enthusiasts will be able to hoon the gorgeous 1957 Chevy Bel Air and the power-packing Chevelle SS-396 and Dodge Dart HEMI Super Stock.

The motorsports section is also well covered, with a 1958 Aston Martin DBR1 and a 2013 BMW M3 race car included. The second Aston Martin gamers will get their hands on is the 2011 V12 Zagato, with more British heritage coming with the 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina.

Lastly, the 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV-6 will give you a taste of pure Italian performance, while the 1973 Mazda RX-3 will be the only Japanese vehicle waiting to be hooned via the game controller.

The Meguiar’s Car Pack is available for $9.99 in the Xbox Live Marketplace and at no cost to users that already own the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass.

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2015 Factory Five Racing 818 EV by 33 Machine and EV West

2015 Factory Five Racing 818 EV by 33 Machine and EV West

Factory Five Racing has been a front-runner in custom kit cars and hot rods for quite some time, building replicas of cars long since out of production. The California-based company also designed and built its own complete car called the 818 using drivetrain components from a Subaru WRX. However, for the particular car pictured above, the drivetrain takes a completely new spin on performance.

Missing is the usual Subaru Boxer engine, replaced by a AC35x2 motor fed by a 16-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery constructed of two 8-kWh sub-packs. The motor and battery unit is still connected to a WRX five-speed manual transmission that allows for reduced energy consumption and management of the motor’s output.

Speaking of output, the motor zaps out 165 horsepower and 189 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. It might not seem like much, but the entire car will weigh just under 2,000 pounds – even with its body panels attached. Its claimed top speed is 150 mph, and though its still untested, the goal is likely obtainable.

Putting this electrified beast together are two other California companies that know a thing or two about building cars and electricity. EV West is undertaking installing and calibrating the air-cooled, Hi Performance Electric Vehicle Systems-sourced electric motor while the guys at 33 Machine work to incorporate all the components within the modified Factory Five Racing tube chassis.

In a video past the jump, the naked car squirrels around a test track with all the sidewise shenanigans of a V-8-powered muscle car, but of course is completely silent while smoking its rubber.

Click past the jump to read more about 33 Machine’s 818 EV

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Video: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 3 Trailer

Video: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 3 Trailer

If you haven’t had the chance to sit and watch Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee then you have no idea the fun you are missing. Much like Jay Leno’s Garage, it doesn’t matter whether you liked the TV show Seinfeld of not, this is a show that all lovers of comedy and cars will enjoy.

The premise of the show is simple, Jerry Seinfeld picks up random comedians in a cool car — a different one each week — that Seinfeld feels fits the comedian’s personality, and they drive around town talking about random things, and they end up getting coffee. Easy enough, right? Well, season three of the web series is set to kick off on January 2nd at noon EST and by the looks of the upcoming comedians, this is set to be an outstanding season.

Just in the quick glimpse we got in this teaser, we saw Jay Leno, Tina Fey, Louis CK, Howard Stern and a few other famous comedians. Being a Howard Stern fan myself, I know that the debut show will feature the famed radio show host and "America’s Judge" in a GTO Judge. We’re sure the entire order of the new season will be released soon, so stay tuned.

Until then, enjoy the season-three teaser video above!

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2014 Dodge Challenger Mopar Edition

2014 Dodge Challenger Mopar Edition

Mopar came to this year’s SEMA Show with more than 20 vehicles, but the coolest ones are those based on the 2014 Dodge Challenger.

The Mopar `14 Challenger joins an already impressive lineup that includes the Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger, Mopar ’12 300, and Mopar ’13 Dart.

This special-edition Challenger will come only in white or black exterior colors combined with blue stripes and the recently resurrected "Shaker" hood. Mopar performed an exhaustive list of updates on the exterior, interior and the performance of the aging muscle car.

Some of the performance mods include a new exhaust, a performance suspension system with lowering springs, and another SEMA star: the Scat Packages.

The Mopar `14 Challenger will be limited to only 100 units and will be put on sale in the second quarter of 2014.

Updated 11/06/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger.

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro RS

2014 Chevrolet Camaro RS

The 2014 Camaro RS really knocked my socks off. Its arrival was perfectly timed with some incredible track videos of the brand-new Z-28, and we hit it off right away.

Let’s address the elephant in the room. This is a V-6 engine ponycar - three words that over the years have become synonymous with soft, underpowered and uninspiring editions of the Mustang and even the previous F-body cars.

No màs.

The 2014 Camaro V-6 is hard from its $24,555 base pricing: with a creamy six-speed, 5.8-seconds to 60, and a limited-slip diff out back (unless you get the 6-cog auto).

Over the week we spent having a ball driving this potent and rear-drive machine, the improvements versus any previous Camaro V-6 are significant. With all the highest-tech equipment now in reach of the V-6 buyers, there simply is no ’wimpy’ version of this car.

Even with lots of work to do back at the office, every lunch run was a lot more fun in the 2014 Chevrolet RS.

Click past the jump for the full TopSpeed Driven review for all the details.

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