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SpeedKore’s Hellcat-powered 1968 Dodge Charger Is “Hellacious”

The “Hellacious” Hellcat-powered 1968 Dodge Charger is a dream-build for when money is no object


  • This is a road-going version of the Fast & Furious film F9 movie car.

  • The supercharged 6.2-litre Hellcat V8 is mid-rear mounted.

  • Everything about “Hellacious” screams power and speed.


Scroll through the gallery and you’ll understand how extensive this build is. Although its exterior shape is recognizable, there’s nothing stock or original about SpeedKore’s Hellcat-powered 1968 Dodge Charger known as “Hellacious”.

SpeedKore’s Hellcat-Powered 1968 Dodge Charger “Hellacious” | Photo: SpeedKore

It’s not all difficult to know where to start with this car. The “Hellacious” name refers to the mid-rear mounted 707-horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque supercharged 6.2-litre Hellcat V8. As one would expect, the power is sent to the rear wheels but it’s the “how” that might surprise. The transmission is a gated-manual Graziano transaxle from a Lamborghini Gallardo. Everything surrounding the engine is custom-fabricated, intake, exhaust, and everything in between.

The car is built on a SpeedKore-designed perimeter frame on which are assembled Detroit Speed, Race Car Replicas (RCR), and Ididit chassis components. Stopping power is provided by massive Brembo brakes and the superb wheels are custom HRE 18-inch “Hellacious” center-lock wheels. Everything is wrapped in a bespoke full carbon fibre widebody styled by Sean Smith Designs.

SpeedKore’s Hellcat-Powered 1968 Dodge Charger “Hellacious” | Photo: SpeedKore

“This Charger is one of our most extreme builds to date,” said Jim Kacmarcik, president and owner of SpeedKore. “After commissioning renowned designer Sean Smith to design the car and working with F9’s picture vehicle coordinator Dennis McCarthy to build the nine chassis and vehicle bodies for the film, we wanted to bring the movie magic of F9 to life. ‘Hellacious’ is a road-going version of the movie car with the functionality of a purpose-built performance car. We couldn’t be more excited to debut ‘Hellacious’ alongside the actual film as yet another unique representation of our design and engineering capabilities as a custom car builder.”

The latest Fast & Furious film, F9, is currently in theatres.

SpeedKore’s Hellcat-Powered 1968 Dodge Charger “Hellacious” | Photo: SpeedKore

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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