Back in November of 2016, we brought you the news of Bill Gamble’s Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which was the first Hellcat car with a manual transmission to run in the 9-second range. Gamble ran mid-9s before removing the manual transmission in favor of a race-ready TH400 automatic. With the automatic transmission, Gamble got down into the 8.60s with trap speeds in the 160 mile per hour range before selling the car to Chris Hagan.
After getting the Hellcat Challenger, Hagan sent the car to Josh Schwartz at High Horse Performance for an array of projects to help make it possible to drive it on the street while also making it safer for track use. Of course, while at HHP, this Dodge muscle car also received dyno tunes for both pump gas and Q16 race fuel, leading to an output with nitrous of 1,300 horsepower. It is running a bit better than it did when Gamble went 8.60s, so it could go deeper into the 8-second range in the right conditions.
Right now, for less than the price of a Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock with “only” 807 horsepower, you could put this car in your home garage. This mid-8-second, 1,300-horsepower, street-friendly Hellcat Challenger is listed for sale for just $70,000.
Hellcat Challenger Key Details
When Bill Gamble started setting records with this 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, it featured a modified factory drivetrain, including the standard 6.2-liter Hemi and a 6-speed manual transmission. However, Gamble built a 405-cubic inch engine for this car, starting with an aluminum BES race block, 10.5-to-1 compression Mahle pistons, Carillo billet connecting rods and a Bryant billet crankshaft.
Next, he added HHP/BES CNC-ported professional grade cylinder heads, a custom HHP/BES camshaft, Kooks long-tube headers and a 4.5-liter Whipple supercharger in place of the standard 2.4-liter IHI supercharger. Josh from HHP provided a remote tune, which was replaced with the in-house dyno tunes under Hagan’s ownership. It also features ID1700 fuel injectors, a Walbro dual fuel pump system and a Nitrous Outlet spray bar system with four large bottles.
At peak output, around 1,300 horsepower is sent towards the rear wheels by means of a race-built ATI TH400 automatic transmission with a manual valve body and an ATI Outlaw torque convertor. Out back, it has a Strange Pro center section with a spooled 3.40 gear set, but it also comes with a second Strange center section with 3.90 gears. In fact, this car comes with a bunch of extra parts, including a collection of pulleys for the supercharger, skinny front race wheels and other odds and ends. This Challenger rides on Weld S71 wheels with beadlocks out back and Mickey Thompson tires all around.
To help with weight transfer on the track, this Hellcat Challenger has Viking shocks at all four corners, along with a 15-inch Wilwood brake kit under the lightweight race wheels. As mentioned above, it has a safety cage that is approved for 8-second passes and a parachute out back that will bring the 4,600-pound car down from speeds in excess of 160 miles per hour.
In short, this is a turnkey 8-second Dodge Challenger Hellcat that is legal for both track and street use, but it doesn’t cost much more than a new Hellcat car with 717 horsepower. Click here to check out the ad on Facebook Marketplace.