Remember when Dodge’s Halifant 7.0-liter V8 crate engine sold out in 48 hours, thanks to the rumored production of only 100 units? As far as we know, two Wisconsin carbon fiber and tuning shops have ended up in Speedcore. The first in 2020 was a 1970 Dodge charger that whipped the Speedcore dinosaur. It will be a heliser built for Kevin Hart. The second is a custom work based on a 1968 charger called “Hallucination”, designed for anyone other than Stalinist design boss Ralph Giles. The man who joined Chrysler 30 years ago and whose names appear on several of its icons, said his love for cars “grew from watching a certain orange car on TV as a child.” So these modern Tech Duke guys whipped on chargers and flew all over Hazard County.
Despite the aggressive appearance, Giles said the purpose of the hallucination was to “lose weight but keep it comfortable enough to drive across the country.” Weight loss will be followed by fatigue and constant tiredness. The firm has developed a custom perimeter frame with an integrated roll cage, which enriches the charger with a more spacious position than the stock. To harness the company’s composite expertise, Speedcore has added a custom carbon floor, wheel wells and carbon fiber body panels with carbon valence on the front and back. This is just the beginning of the weight loss, which continues with a custom carbon dash inside, carbon-backed front seats, deleted rear seats and carbon door panels. Custom Classic Instruments paired with a custom center console and a 2,000-watt, six-speaker kicker audio system. Dapper lighting provided one-way illumination.
We’re on board with Giles’ idea of a cross-country steed, although passengers still don’t have to thank Race-Quip for a four-point win. Halifants are still rated at 1,000 horsepower, with a custom speedcore four-to-one header that blows through the MagnaFlow muffler. The battery and fuel cell are backed with an oil reservoir for the dry-sump lubrication system. Ride Quality has been assigned to a custom suspension around, Braking Quality has been outsourced to around 20 Piston priced Brambos. Rolling stock is a pair of custom 19-inch HRE wheels on the front, 20 inches on the back, on the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber.
Construction took two years. Speedcore says this is the first time it has worked with a client to design a project, with the client aiming to “fuse the best of modern muscle technology with as much fidelity as possible in an all-carbon-fiber body that honors a legend that still stands. Great 54 years later.” And we can imagine hallucinations doing the same thing, starring in some car show somewhere in 2076.