Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept prepared for Pikes Peak
Dodge SRT engineers have teamed up with Wesley Motorsports to make changes to the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody production specs, tailoring it for the Exhibition class of the 97th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, June 30.
The concept wears distinctive red/black/grey/white SRT livery created by the FCA US Product Design Office and first previewed at SpringFest 14 in April.
Driven by Randy Pobst, the Dodge concept is powered by a specially tuned supercharged 6.2-litre Hemi V8 engine that has been calibrated to maintain power at the upper altitudes of Pikes Peak. However, while it is a one-off concept with Bilstein shock absorbers and Pagid RST 1 racing brake pads, it carries much of the stock equipment used for the production version, including six-piston Brembo brake callipers for the front wheels and four-piston Brembo callipers for the rear and a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with SRT-developed high-performance calibration. The concept car even carries an air conditioning compressor, standard equipment on its production counterpart, to maintain its production-car credibility for the competition. For driver safety under all racing circumstances, the concept is equipped with an FIA-spec roll cage, racing seat and a fuel cell replacing the production fuel tank
The Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody concept joins a race-prepped Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody at this year’s event. This will be the Challenger’s second year up the mountain in the Time Attack 1 class. With Kevin Wesley behind the wheel.
“When you look at a Charger, you of course think ‘muscle car,’ but maybe not ‘Pike’s Peak contender,’” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “So we did what we do; we threw big horsepower, big rubber and big brakes at it. It’s just that easy to make a Dodge race ready. And the best part, most of what we did is available off the showroom floor in the new 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody.”
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Race Concept is based on new production model with
Dodge expanding its high-performance Charger models for 2020, adding a Widebody package to America’s only four-door muscle car.
Designed and engineered to push the boundaries of what a four-door family saloon can be, the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is powered by the proven supercharged 6.2-litre Hemi Hellcat V8 engine, which delivers best-in-class 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a standard TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission. With a top speed of 196 mph, the Charger SRT Hellcat maintains its claim as the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.
It is also the quickest and best-handling production Charger SRT Hellcat ever, as the 3.5-inch wider body makes room for new 20-inch by 11-inch Carbon Black forged wheels riding on wider, stickier Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tyres.
SRT engineers took this wider, stickier beast to the track to see what it can do. The result: improved performance on the street, strip and road course. The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody runs 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, has quarter-mile elapsed time (ET) in 10.96 seconds and pulls .96 g on the skid pad. It also delivers a road course lap time 2.1 seconds faster than the vehicle it replaces after one lap of a 2.1-mile track. That is equal to 13 car lengths per lap.