E it's that time again: On June 30th, the 97th edition of the “Race to the Clouds” starts at the legendary Pikes Peak. This time at the start: A specially built racing version of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat widebody that has just been introduced. In the hill climb over the almost 20-kilometer-long route lined with 156 bends, which starts at an altitude of 2,862 meters and climbs up to 4,302 meters, the four-door model with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 should show that it can the thin air does not run out.
Tuned engine with unknown performance data
In the Pikes Peak racer, the Hemi heart beats in a tuned version. How much it does exactly, Dodge does not reveal. However, one can assume that the power and maximum torque are higher than in the production model, which has 717 hp and 881 Newton meters. SRT, the in-house tuning department, recalibrated the engine electronics so that the car can provide as much power as possible in the low speed range. After all, at Pikes Peak it is important to accelerate out of tight bends again and again.
In this respect, the racing Hellcat should arrow from zero to 100 mph (96.6 km /h) faster than the production car that does this exercise 3.6 seconds. The racing version is also a favorite on the quarter mile; the normal charger SRT Hellcat widebody needs 10.96 seconds for this. On the other hand, it is questionable whether the competition car can achieve the series top speed of 196 mph (315 km /h). After all, everything depends on Pikes Peak, just not the top speed.
Racing parts meet series components
The brakes are more important. Here, the Dodge team relies on the series material supplied by Brembo, which works with six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston calipers at the rear. Only the brake pads and brake fluid are exchanged for racing equipment. Also new are the Toyo competition tires that cover the 11 x 20 inch rims. Dodge re-tunes the standard springs and combines them with Bilstein dampers. The racing exhaust should reinforce the voice of the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody.
Driver Randy Pobst should be pleased that even the air conditioning remains in the car. He also commands the standard transmission, a torque-flite automatic with eight speed levels. And a racing seat and tank as well as a roll cage that complies with FIA standards ensure your safety.