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The driver of the world's quickest manual transmission Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was back at the track this weekend and while there, he reset two of his own records while setting a new one - with a best pass of 9.64 at almost 152 miles per hour. Reprinted with permission from TorqueNews.com and written by Patrick Rall.
Bill Gamble took his record-setting Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat back to the track this past weekend and thanks to a combination of seat time and good air, Gamble’s supercharged Mopar muscle car was able to reset two of his own world records while claiming a new record – the quickest modern Hemi-powered car with a manual transmission.
Back in September, we brought you the news that a new quarter mile record had been set for the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with the 6-speed manual transmission, as owner and driver Bill Gamble was the first to make a 9-second pass with a manual transmission Hellcat Challenger. Gamble’s record of 9.79 from earlier this year has gone unchallenged since being set, but this past weekend, Bill was back at Great Lakes Dragway looking to make some record runs – and he succeeded.
Record Run After Record Run
When Bill Gamble hit the track this past weekend, he hadn’t made any changes to his Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat from when he set the record of 9.79 earlier this year. However, with some tuning tweaks, better air and added seat time leading to a better launch, Gamble was able to beat his 9.79 record with a pair of new 9.7X runs – a 9.76 at 150.75 and a 9.73 at 149.47.
That 9.73 became the new quarter mile ET record for a manual transmission Hellcat Challenger, but Gamble’s trap speed on the 9.76 run marks the first time a Hellcat car has surpassed the 150 mile per hour mark in the quarter mile. In short, that was the quickest ever quarter mile ET for a Hellcat Challenger with a manual transmission and the fastest trap speed in the quarter mile by any Hellcat car, but Gamble wasn’t done.
Later in the day, Bill Gamble made his best run to date, laying down an incredible 9.647 at 151.97 miles per hour – comfortably resetting the Hellcat/manual transmission ET record and the overall Hellcat quarter mile MPH record. However, on that run, Gamble’s Challenger laid down a quicker quarter mile run than any other modern car with a Hemi V8 and a manual transmission.
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff
WOW - 775 HP Supercharged Ram Hell Fire!!
There were a great many trucks at the 2016 SEMA Show, but few (if any) could go toe-to-toe with the Hellfire Ram from the Dallas Speed Shop. As you can see in the images here, the Hellfire Ram has a menacing look, but as you might have guessed from the name – the real story of this Ram 1500 is under the hood, as it packs a modified Hellcat Hemi.
This Ram 1500 began its life as an R/T model with the regular cab, the short bed, rear wheel drive and the 5.7L Hemi, but the crew at the Dallas Speed Shop replaced that 390hp Hemi with the 707hp Hellcat Hemi. However, since 707hp just wasn’t enough, DSS added a few of Kooks headers, a full exhaust system and an engine tune, lifting the output to 775 horsepower.
Next, DSS added a lowered suspension setup that helps bolster the aggressive stance while also improving handling and to help this big, bad pickup get stopped from the extreme speeds that come with a 775hp Hellcat Hemi, the team added a Rotora carbon ceramic brake package with 8-piston front calipers and 4-piston rear calipers. Finally, to help get traction while cornering, braking and (sometimes) accelerating, the Dallas Speed Shop added a set of 22 inch Forgeline wheels wrapped in Continental tires.
Once the high performance attributes of the Hellfire Ram were handled, DSS turned their attention to the exterior of the truck, adding the carbon fiber splitter, the carbon fiber canards, the wheel flares and the satin black paint finish with an offset red stripe that matches the red mirror caps.
If you saw this Ram 1500 sitting with the hood down at the local track, you would guess that it is probably a pretty quick pickup, but thanks to the tuned Hellcat Hemi, this Ram truck was surely one of the fastest at SEMA. Sure, it is only a show truck built by a performance shop, but there is no question that something like the Hellfire would make a perfect follow-up to the old Dodge Ram SRT10.
With any luck, FCA and Ram will see the demand for an on-road performance truck and build their own Hellcat-powered Ram R/T, but in the meantime, we have this beautiful SEMA show truck to dream about.
If you are looking for a Christmas gift for that special someone who happens to drive a high performance Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep or Ram vehicle, the team from Mopar has a group of new items out ahead of Black Friday – with items for men and women, young and old. Reprinted from TorqueNews.com.
Over the next week, more Americans will go shopping than at any time of the year, and while this has traditionally been a key period for brick-and-mortar retail outlets, the addition of Cyber Monday and the increase in online commerce has made this a big week-long period for those companies who do most of their business online. One business model which focuses heavily on online sales is the automotive apparel industry, and the team from Mopar is looking to attract online shoppers this week and next with a collection of new items – and free shipping on Cyber Monday.
The odds are good that if you are reading this, you know that the best place to get licensed Mopar apparel of all sorts is the official website at WearMopar.com. While Mopar is best known for their high performance parts and OEM replacement parts, WearMopar offers all sorts of branded goodies – from small gifts like pens, keychains and phone cases to clothing items hats, shirts and jackets to large gift items like gumball machines, bar stools and luggage. Whether you are outfitting a boy, girl, man or woman – or decorating a man cave, office or garage – WearMopar likely has a product to fit your needs.
In preparation for the 2016 Christmas shopping season which begins this coming Friday, WearMopar has rolled out some cool new items and if you buy these items on Cyber Monday, you can get free shipping.
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