There’s nothing more satisfying to us than the sound of the 707 horsepower V8 engine, dubbed Hellcat. No matter what vehicle Dodge drops this hellacious monster inside, it always delivers a performance we’d line up to see. In this case, Dodge has partnered up with Motor Trend’s Roadkill series to fit a Hellcat into the 1968 Dodge Charger – also known as General Mayhem – for episode 43 of Roadkill. We’ll post the video below, but do note that it’s 26 minutes long.
If you’re not in a position to take 26 minutes out of your day, we’ll sum up the entire hellcat drag racing extravaganza here.
The episode chronicles the entire transplant of a Hellcat engine from a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT (donated by Dodge) to a 1968 Dodge Charger. The plan with this Charger was to drag race it against the Hellcat creation of the reality TV show: Gas Monkey Garage. The Internet instigated and soon the reality TV show accepted their challenge.
The Gas Monkey/Roadkill race was set for Roadkill’s drag event in Pontiac, Michigan, and the rules were as follows:
- Both shows must supply a driver from their respective show.
- The drag race would be 1/8th
- Each show must use a Hellcat engine.
- The car must be 3500 pounds without the driver.
- The car must use the stock suspension.
Roadkill finished the General Mayhem, and it was spectacular. The old school look combined with Hellcat power is incredibly entertaining. The Roadkill team took their time fine-tuning the vehicle on the track, and eventually knocked their 1/8th mile time under 11 seconds, which is very quick.
On the day of the Roadkill drag event, the Gas Monkey Garage show was far from accommodating. The reality TV stars refused to appear on the Roadkill web show. However, they did send a stand-in driver by the name of Jim Bowman to drag their 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. Being the good sports they are, the Roadkill team rolled the General Mayhem to the line even though Gas Monkey Garage had forgone the rules of engagement.
And Roadkill won. Substantially in fact.
It was an empty victory, but in the end the real winners were those who showed up to race and watch at Roadkill’s drag event. In an 8-car showdown of the fastest Dodges on site, winner Brandon Phillips took home a free Hellcat engine and 6-speed transmission – all courtesy of Dodge. That’s the kind of thing we love to see.
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