SpeedKore brings a Demon-powered 1970 Dodge Charger to SEMA


SpeedKore Performance does some pretty neat things with carbon fiber. SEMA is always the place to show off new and interesting builds, and has a few new offerings on display. We talked about the lightweight carbon fiber 2018 Dodge Demon late last week, but now that 2018 is in full swing, we’ve got a look at something even cooler, an all-carbon, Demon-powered Dodge Charger “Evolution.”

SpeedKore Performance is based in Wisconsin and has been churning out SEMA showstoppers for years. In addition to the Demon, take a look at this Shelby GT350R the shop modified a few years back. The Charger Evolution is named so because it further modifies the SpeedKore Charger “Tantrum” that was used in the “Fast and Furious” films. That car used a carbon composite body and was fitted with a 9.0-liter Mercury Racing twin-turbo engine making an absurd 1,650 horsepower.

The Evolution might be down on power — only 996 horses thanks to a modified Demon crate engine — but the goal was to create something a little more usable than the Tantrum. Upgrades include a smaller supercharger pulley, larger fuel injectors, a custom cold-air intake, stainless steel headers and a custom exhaust with SLP mufflers. There’s also a Dailey Engineering dry sump, upgraded oil cooler, and Saldana radiator.

It’s also lighter, thanks to even more carbon fiber. SpeedKore had a goal to get the ’70 to about 3,200 pounds. To get there, the Evolution employs carbon-fiber bodywork, an aluminum floor, a steel roll cage and a new 2×3-inch steel box frame. SpeedKore’s autoclave is large enough to bake a one-piece roof, hood and quarter panels. The bare bodywork has been finished with a clear coat to help prevent fading.

The Evolution uses billet aluminum for the door handles, fuel cap and grille, all finished in a bronze-nickel coating to pair with the HRE wheels. In addition to the floor, aluminum was used for the firewall, transmission tunnel and radiator shroud.

To slow the Charger down, it uses Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the rear. The suspension uses Penske adjustable coilovers while Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires wrap 19×10-inch front wheels and 20×12-inch rear wheels.

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