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2017 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat In-Depth Review: Lord of the Horsepower War

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT / Challenger Hellcat

Billowing burnouts and thunderous emanations are standard equipment on the Challenger SRT siblings. Dodge’s devilish duo are fitted with an adaptive suspension and substantial brakes; the SRT 392 packs a 485-hp Hemi V-8, and the Hellcat summons 707 horses from its evil-sounding supercharged V-8. Both retro-styled coupes route power to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. While the stripped-down 840-hp Challenger SRT Demon dominates the drag strip, the SRT twins terrorize weekly cruise nights with a comfortable ride and snazzy standard features. Hard-core versions of Chevrolet’s Camaro (the 650-hp ZL1) and Ford’s Mustang (the 10Best Cars–winning Shelby GT350 and GT350R) have escalated the pony-car wars to DEFCON 1 with racetrack-capable handling. Dodge and SRT are instead banking on having the most powerful weapons of mass destruction. READ MORE ››


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Making The Case For Power To Weight Ratio Over High Bhp

The new rat race in the modern world of automotive engineering is trying to making the most horsepower producing sports cars in the world. From the Mclaren P1 hybrid producing 904 bhp and 723 lb-ft and the LaFerrari it’s the closest rival producing 950bhp and 664 lb-ft, is seems like the top supercar manufacturers right now, want to boast the largest figures. However, despite all that power, both cars still have a curb weight of around 1500kg, about the weight of an average-sized family car. Now that’s still around 600bhp per ton, but with that amount of weight, the handling undoubtedly suffers, the braking distance is longer than it could be and the acceleration also suffers. Generally speaking, lightness is the ethos of sticking a car to the tarmac and carrying great speed through corners, so why how might this be transferred to the road?

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Stripping the interior

If you want to make your car lighter, it’s easier than you think. Simply strip out anything you don’t need. Strip out the interior first. Remove the mats, car seats you don’t use, spare wheel and the jack. At this point, on average you’ll save around 20-40kg, resulting in the car becoming more balanced. Replace your passenger and driver’s seat with bucket seats that aren’t adjustable in the tradition sense i.e. rotational tilting and height. If you want to go further, you can set the seat permanently, saving a few kilograms on the rail underneath the seat.

Lower the center of gravity

For performance, you want a total 50-50 weight distribution. But the body roll will commence, albeit, to a lesser extent even if you have taken this measure. You need to hunker down the vehicle so it’s hugging the floor and closer to the wheels and suspension. Talking of suspension, buy a sports suspension that is strong, light and designed to take on lateral G loads as well as the stroke system. Buy a sporting service product from a company like GC Suspension, because for responsive handling, you’ll need a strengthened compression stroke suspension to absorb the bumps in the road.

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Applying the doctrine

Having fully committed to the doctrine of speed and performance, you now need to transfer this to the road. You need to look for a tyre which has a low profile, as the less rubber incorporated into the design, the less flex the tyre will give you. A low profile tyre will also help you to minimize skidding upon corner entry. Next, you’ll need to choose a spaced and thick tread. A tyre like the Continental SportContact 6 is great for to channel the car’s chassis and give the driver feedback on what’s going on, in terms of steering angle and grip. But don’t forget, a grasp of the road surface is just as important in wet conditions as it is in the dry. This is where the tread depth and pattern will come into play, as the key goal is to stop your car from aquaplaning. Look for a tyre which will dissipate standing water and make room for the majority of the rubber to hold onto the tarmac.

Drive: Ford Focus RS Mountune with 375 Horsepower!

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Making more output from a turbocharged engine has long been the lowest-hanging fruit of the tuning industry, especially when reflashing an ECU with a new map can easily make more power. Sometimes much more power. READ MORE ››


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