She DOMINATES in a 426 HEMI…

R/T Life Takes A Look At One Amazing SRT-8 Build...

We have seen pretty remarkable Dodge Challenger builds over the years. But there is one particular one that has caught our eye. This Dodge Challenger SRT-8 not only has a 6.1-liter HEMI V8 with a 426 cubic-inch stroker kit but an amazing story behind the car. Owner Darla Kimak (also known as the “HEMI Kid”), gave a close up look at her amazing 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 426 build, to our own R/T Life in one of his most recent videos.

Four years ago, on her way home from Roadkill Nights, Darla’s mother was tragically killed in a car crash. Taking the engine and transmission from the wrecked car and transplanting it into another Challenger, she has built a mid-10 second car capable of dominating most Charger and Challenger SRT HELLCATs with ease. The 2008 Dodge Challenger is purpose-built for the drag strip and is stripped out, tipping the scales at only 3,675 lbs.

Darla Kimak and her 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 426 Stroker. (R/T Life).

The video goes more in-depth with Darla’s build and it a great family story in which she continues to keeps the family’s spirit alive. 

For more videos like this one, be sure to visit the R/T Life YouTube channel.






Jared B

Jared founded MoparInsiders and is a 36-year-old automotive enthusiast from Vancouver, British Columbia. He took an interest in cars at a very young age and has been interested in them ever since. His hobbies include photography, videography, drag racing and auto detailing. He currently owns and drives a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, 2020 Ram 3500 and rides a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650.

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