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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vs Challenger Hellcat Widebody Drag Race Is Brutal

Once Dodge engineers came up with the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI, it was extremely difficult to resist the temptation to Hellcat everything. Going past concept cars coming from Ram or Jeep, we can now truly talk about a Hellcat lineup, since the blown Charger and Challenger have been joined by a just-as-boosted Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Of course, given the elephant-grade scale footprint of the GC, this makes even the boat-like weight number of the Challenger and Charger seem acceptable. So the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is considerably slower than, say, the Challenger Hellcat, right?
Well, we wouldn’t rush to answer that question. For one thing, we’re inviting anybody willing to drop an answer to check out the real-world difference between the two in the piece of footage at the bottom of the page.
Coming from Hennessey Performance, the clip shows the 2018 Challenger Hellcat Widebody duking it out with a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, with the two obviously using a standing start.
And, despite this velocity battle taking place on Hennessey’s test track, the Lone Star Specialist talks about a street race – perhaps the horn-augmented take-off and the non-prepped surface determined the specialist to use this label.
You don’t have to be an automotive engineer to figure out that, while the Jeep’s all-paw nature will allow it to grab the start, the lighter Dodge will catch up as the two reach the top end.

But can the muscle coupe pass the super-SUV in time to win the quarter-mile battle? According to the official numbers, the answer is positive. With the help of the beefier rear tires (compared to the standard Hellcat), the Widebody can play the 1,320 feet game in 10.9 seconds, while the Trackhawk needs 10.6 seconds for the job.
As for what can happen when the two meet in the real world, the answer awaits you below.

See why the best feature of rare Starlight Black 1969 GTO Judge is under the hood

Rarity is important to muscle car fans; it’s exciting to see a unicorn out in the wild or to restore an exceptional vehicle that is now only talked of in tales. The 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge in perfect condition showcased in the video below is one such special find. After a frame off body complete restoration, it is just like it was when it left the factory. The paint job is immaculate.
In 1969, General Motors was mass-producing muscle cars, and the GTO was one of the most popular. Through Pontiac, in 1969 General Motors built 70,287 GTOs – not so rare, huh? On the other hand, they only produced 6,833 Judges, which makes it that much more special. Now, did you know that 76% of Judges were 4-speed cars? Only 1,563 Judges came with an automatic off the lot like this example, according to My Classic Garage.
What makes the car even rarer are all the options chosen that were not the norm back in the day. When The Judge was first introduced, they were made in a red-orange color. Starlight Black cars were made later, in very small numbers.
This Pontiac GTO has a Ram Air III 400ci engine under its impressive hood. The engine puts out 366 horsepower. Under the hood are some features that make the car perform, and look good doing it. By pressing a button, the driver can open the Ram Air vents in the hood to get more air to the engine. The tachometer is also housed in the hood, in the driver’s line of sight. As not all Judges had this feature from the factory, it is another reason why this GTO is a rare one, perhaps one of a kind.
Check it out below, and SHARE if you’re a fan of this ultra-rare restoration.

Full Breakdown Of The All New Murder Nova – Street Outlaws!

You would think that, as the Street Outlaws have managed to gather so much notoriety, that they would automatically have the fastest cars that money can buy. While they do have stout machines that are probably pretty tough to step up to the plate next to, each and every person in the world of racing is constantly looking for that edge to get better. Therefore, when a competition begins to go in the right direction, you definitely have to follow, therefore, each and every one of these competitors is constantly making changes to the ride to try and get just a little bit faster than before.
This time, we check in with Murder Nova as the car is certainly no exception to that idea. As it turns out, Shawn has actually made a couple of big changes to the car, including going from a big block Chevy to a small block Chevy that would allow for more RPM and more efficient turbo spool with the help of the 482 ci Proline engine. Therefore, Murder Nova should now be making more consistent power across the power band and possibly higher peak horsepower which would help the car to blast down the racing surface in question a little bit more efficiently come race night.
In addition, you can now expect to see the old school Chevrolet Nova coming out of the gates with 600 less pounds around its waist. In a world where every last ounce means something for those photo-finish opportunities, shaving 600 pounds is no small feat. You have to remember that these guys are getting weight off of their car in every way possible so it’s pretty tough to find that much just laying around somewhere. If you follow along down in the video below, you get a little bit more insight on what exactly you can expect from the Murder Nova and how Shawn is always changing of the game plan to make his ride the best that he possibly can.

REAL Deal Dodge Demon Crate Unboxing

When you purchase the Dodge Demon, you aren’t just buying a car, but in most cases you’re getting the experience that goes along with that particular set of wheels. When the details started to flow out about the Dodge Demon, we would eventually learn that for just a single dollar, you could option it with what’s known as the “Demon Crate” that essentially completes the car, giving you not only the computer that’s needed to make you tap in to the car’s full potential, but a myriad of other parts that will really spice up the ride.
This time, we get the chance to follow along as the somewhat new owner of a Dodge Demon takes the liberty of cracking into one of these bad boys to see what’s all inside and it’s incredibly entertaining to see the care that Dodge invested in packaging these top of the line accessories so that the buyer would truly be able to take pride in them as he opens each and every box to reveal all of the goodies that lurk inside. If I were to make a somewhat educated guess, I don’t think that it would be too much of a stab in the dark to say that the condition of the crate and its contents are going to be what really makes this car worth a pretty penny years down the line.
Follow along in the video below that takes you on a tour of the Demon crate, really giving you a good idea of just how special a car like this really is. I mean, there aren’t too many cars that come with a set of lightweight frontrunner wheels that will help with drag racing and an impact gun to help take them on and off. Be sure to tune in and tell us what your favorite part of this $1 crate is.

1969 Road Runner 440 Sixpack sounds so nasty, you have to hear it for yourself

This 1969 fully restored monster is a perfect example of why muscle car enthusiasts love their hobby. By taking a super straight ’69, stripping it all the way down to the bare metal and rebuilding the finish from the ground up, these guys have created a beast of a car that looks as good as it performs.
440 cubic inches of pure power rumble under the hood and with specialized rubber bed liner on the underside for sound suppression and protection against road debris, this Road Runner will easily outrun every coyote, no matter how “wily” they may be.
For this particular Road Runner, there’s four new disc brakes and an upgraded suspension, and this Road Runner now runs with a 4-speed transmission.
According to My Classic Garage, while the original 1969 Plymouth Road Runners all came with 383s or Hemi 426s, Plymouth released a mid-year option that upgraded the engine to a 440 with 3×2 Holley carbs.
All of these muscle cars came with an Air Grabber, hood pins, and all the other bells and whistles that made this classic one of the most sought after muscle cars until this very day.
Check out this Road Runner in the video below now the restoration is complete, and SHARE if you’re a Road Runner lover.

Ride along in a classic 1969 Pontiac GTO. A peek under the hood reveals why it’s such an icon

The video below features perhaps the most iconic muscle car of its era, the powerful 1969 GTO. It’s painted a glossy Starlight Black with black interior, and is loud and proud in A-1 condition. We get a peek under the hood at the clean 400ci 6.6-liter V8 and Ram Air III hood with an output of 366 hp, and a chance to see it in action on the open road. The owner of this bad boy even leaves a little tread behind on a wicked burnout!
The original engine configuration on the 1969 GTO is the same as the one featured in the video, a 400ci Ram Air III V8 with M20 4 speed manual transmission and 3:55:1 safe-T-track differential. According to American Muscle Cars, the ‘69 GTO could go from 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds, and complete a quarter mile in 14.1 seconds at 98.2 mph.
If you’ve ever wondered where the GTO got its name, it’s an acronym for Gran Turismo Omologato. Yep, the GTO was named after the Italian sports car Ferrari 250 GTO.
The Pontiac GTO was designed to be a cost effective competitor of the Plymouth Road Runner. Over 72,000 of the ‘69 GTO were sold, making it a smashing success and outselling heavyweights like the Chevelle SS396 and the Road Runner. A special edition ‘69 GTO known as “The Judge,” with a rear spoiler and wider tires is now a heavily sought after collector’s item.

Check out this excellent ’69 GTO in the video below, and SHARE if you’re a fan!

Gorgeous, Old-School 1955 Chevy 210 with a Big-Block Crate Engine

Younger readers will not know what we’re talking about. One reason: It’s likely that they never drove a Tri-Five when they were coming up. If you’re a geezer, though, a graybeard or a coot, you were around when those rascals littered the landscape. They were everywhere and great fodder for as great as projects could be back then. Now they’re tar-pit memories, gone the way of the Buffalo nickel, wafting hot-tar stink.
Maybe Craig Crawford was old enough then to be a force. I think not, but he readily admits to having an interest in such cars like the 210 he has now. “As a kid growing up in the small town of Newtown, Kansas, that’s all we did, was work on cars. I always wanted a ’55 with a big-block in it,” he gushed. Like most projects that consume three to four years, the timeline got skewed and plans changed. The object was to re-create the aura of the car when it was new, not to change or obscure the original intent, and that the interior treatment continued with that philosophy as well.

Tech Check
Owner Craig Crawford, Wichita, Kansas
Vehicle 1955 Bel Air
Engine
Type Chevrolet Performance Ram Jet crate engine
Displacement 502 ci
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Bore 4.470 inches
Stroke 4.000 inches
Cylinder Heads Aluminum oval port, 2.25/1.88 valves, 110cc combustion chambers, 290cc intake ports
Rotating Assembly Forged crankshaft, forged (shot-peened) rods, forged pistons
Valvetrain Stamped steel rockers 1.7:1 ratio, 3/8-inch pushrods
Camshaft OE hydraulic roller (224/234-deg. duration at 0.050; 0.527/0.544-inch lift)
Induction Ram Jet fuel injection, Spectre air cleaner, Rock Valley stainless 18-gallon fuel cell, Walbro pump
Ignition MEFI 4 controller, HEI distributor, MSD 6 box, 8mm primary wires
Exhaust Earle Williams Classic Chassis Works (La Verne, CA) headers w/ anodized 2-inch primaries, H-pipe, anodized 3-inch mild steel system, Flowmaster Super 44 mufflers
Ancillaries Alan Grove Components accessory drive system, thermostat fan, Be Cool radiator, 150-amp alternator, American Autowire harness, Mark Bauer mini-tubs
Output (at the crank) 502 hp at 5,100 rpm, 565 lb-ft at 3,200 rpm
Drivetrain
Transmission Chevrolet 4L60E, shift kit, 2,200-stall converter, Power Drive prop shaft
Rear Axle Currie 9-Plus, Detroit Locker differential, 3.89:1 gears, 31-spline axles
Chassis
Front Suspension Chevy “California 1-piece” frame, Heidts 2-inch drop spindles and tubular control arms, OE springs cut for 1-inch drop, Monroe gas-charged shock absorbers, Danchuk 1 1/4-inch antisway bar
Rear Suspension Stock springs de-arched 2-inches and pocketed, Monroe gas-charged shock absorbers
Brakes Chevrolet 11-inch discs, two-piston calipers front; Ford 11-inch drums rear; 1987 Corvette master cylinder; 7-inch booster; proportioning valve
Wheels & Tires
Wheels American Racing Classic Torq-Thrust II 15×6 front, 15×10 rear
Tires BFG T/A Radial 215/70 front, Drag Radial 325/50R rear
Interior
Upholstery Walt’s Upholstery (Mulvane, KS)
Material Vinyl/cloth
Seats OE bench with Glide Engineering armrest
Steering ididit column w/ revised shift indicator, 605 box, 15-inch replica wheel
Shifter OE column modified to work with four-speed automatic
Dash OE
Instrumentation Auto Meter Ultra-Lite
Audio Custom Autosound head unit, 5-inch front speakers, 6×9-inch rear speakers installed by Craig Crawford
HVAC Vintage Air
Exterior
Bodywork Bauer Restoration (Wichita, KS)
Paint By Mark Bauer
Paint PPG Silver and White
Hood OE
Grille OE
Follow the video below and be amazed of this one truly great piece of Americana

1969 Charger 500 – 426 Hemi – Vintage Road Test

This is a vintage road test of one of the rarest, fastest, and today one of the most valuable of all of the classic Mopars; the 1969 Dodge Charger 500, with the 426 Hemi engine.

1965 Mustang Turned Into 1,000 HP Monster

According to Jason Pecikonis of Timeless Kustoms, it took 10,000 hours to build this 1965 Mustang called ‘Vicious’. That’s a lot of time spent on one car. But, the results in a pretty outlandish pony car that’s capable of 1,000 hp.
In the latest edition of Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno invited the Vicious Mustang to his house for a rundown. The engine block started out as a GT350R block, which was then heavily modified and even had its flat-plane crankshaft removed. But it’s not just the engine that was changed in this Mustang. Pecikonis notes that the electronics were all changed to MoTeC products, and as far as the exterior and interior goes, one look at the car will tell you that they definitely modified the look of the car. While some will say it’s a blasphemous car, everybody is allowed to modify their car the way they want to– as long as its legal.
Check the car out for yourself in the video below and let me know what you think about the Vicious Mustang in the comments below.