This Carbon-Bodied, Demon-Powered Dodge Charger Isn't Really a Dodge Charger

Speedkore's Evolution is an entirely custom-made creation with a 966-hp supercharged heart and all the carbon fiber you could want.

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Speedkore, the Wisconsin company behind the wild carbon-fiber twin-turbo Dodge Demon that blew up the car internet earlier this month, has something else crazy for SEMA this year. It's called the Evolution, and no, it's not much of a 1970 Dodge Charger. It just looks like one.

Speedkore actually designed a custom chassis for this car consisting of a steel ladder frame and an aluminum floor pan. All the bodywork is made from carbon fiber and billet aluminum, while a roll cage provides extra rigidity and safety. So there's not much 1970 Dodge Charger here at all, though a representative for the company tells us it retains the VIN of a 1970 Charger. So at least it's street legal.

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The motor is a modern Mopar classic, however—it's the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 from the Dodge Challenger Demon, but modified with a smaller drive pulley for the blower, new fuel injectors, a dry-sump lubrication system and a custom intake and exhaust manifold designed by Speedkore. The company claims 966 horsepower at the rear wheels, all of which is managed by a Tremec T-56 six-speed manual transmission.

Speedkore's vice president, Dave Salvaggio, claims the Evolution weighs around 3200 lbs, which should mean this thing is very quick. It has the hardware to deal with that crazy power-to-weight ratio, with Penske coilovers, Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers up front and four-pistons in the rear, and HRE forged wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Still, it's easy to imagine this thing being a handful, but Salvaggio says the Evolution is designed to be "docile" in traffic.

The Evolution continues what Speedkore started in 2015 with its well-known Tantrum, a 1970 Dodge Charger pro-touring car with a 1650-hp 9.0-liter twin-turbo V8 made by Mercury Marine. The Evolution might be down on power compared with the Tantrum, but its light weight should help make up for that.

Speedkore also has a couple of videos on its YouTube channel detailing the build process of the Evolution, which is well worth a watch. And if you're at SEMA, you can check it out at the Meguiar's booth.

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Update 10/30/18 9:53 AM: It was originally unclear if this car was street legal and if it retained the original VIN of a 1970 Charger. A company representative informs us it is. We've updated the story accordingly.

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