Every year, drivers from all around the global head to Colorado to put their skills and vehicles to the test in one of the most dangerous events on the planet. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb features 156 turns over a distance of 12.4 miles and pushes some of the best race cars to the breaking point. With elevation changes that start at 9,390 feet, to a finish that ends at a staggering 14,115 feet, engine performance is key. But it isn’t stopping the Dodge//SRT brand, after announcing the introduction of their new 2020 Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT Widebody, they have announced that the car will be racing its way up Pikes Peak courtesy of SRT engineering and Wesley Motorsports.
While this Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT Widebody is modified, it still carries much of its stock equipment. For example, the six-piston Brembo brake calipers for the front wheels and four-piston Brembo calipers for the rear wheels are a complete carryover. The TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is also another component unchanged. As is the Bilstein shock absorbers and production SRT suspension. The car even features the stock air conditioning compressor, which is still equipped and fully functional.
What SRT engineers and Wesley Motorsports did change for the Pikes Peak run, is specially tuned the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI with a custom engine calibration. The car features a race exhaust system and custom FIA-spec roll cage, racing seat, and a fuel cell replacing the production fuel tank. Gone are the Pirelli three-season tires and in their place are a set of Toyo Proxes RR DOT Competition Tires. The Brembo brakes are still the same as the factory setup, however, they are now equipped with a set of Pagid RST 1 racing brake pads.
“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//SRT has selected award-winning veteran driver and Motor Trend magazine test driver, Randy Pobst to drive the Charger SRT HELLCAT Widebody up the Pikes Peak course for the 97th running of the event on Sunday, June 30th. The car will compete in the Exhibition Class. It will also be wearing the same paint scheme that the test cars and Spring Fest 14 show car featured.
“I’m thrilled to run Pikes Peak in a Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT Widebody concept race car,” said professional race car driver Randy Pobst. “The driving challenge is like no other on Earth. This specially prepared Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT Widebody concept has the three ‘must haves’ for this hill climb: lots of horsepower and torque to hit 120 mph plus on the sweepers; great handling with the wider wheels and tires, because there is absolutely no room for mistakes on a mountain road; and the superb brakes to haul that puppy down for 20-mph hairpin turns.”
The Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT Widebody racing concept car will join the race-prepped Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCAT Redeye Widebody from Wesley Motorsports for the event. This will mark the second year in a row, for the Challenger to tackle the mountain in the Time Attack 1 class with Kevin Wesley behind the wheel.
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