There are very few things that last two seconds. A fleeting moment of joy. Making eye contact with the beautiful someone across a crowded bar. Certain intimate bedroom activities. But as engine technologies and aerodynamics have improved over the years, and people’s desire to push the laws of physics, cars have gotten quite quick.
The 1968 Dodge Charger R/T "Maximus” currently making a list of its next victims at the SEMA show in Las Vegas sports a modest Nelson Racing Engine 9.4-liter, Hemi V-8 engine producing 2,000 horsepower, which really seems to be the standard rate nowadays. The engine is of all alloy construction.
The Maximus, which isn’t a brand of condom but should be, is twin turbocharged, twin intercooled and twin fuel injected. Surprisingly, there was nothing about the twin glove compartments on the build sheet, but that’s a minor oversight.
Inside, it looks straight out of the late 1960s, but utilizes cutting-edge technology that is well hidden when not in use.
What is impressive are the numbers this beast is putting up. At NHRA-sanctioned events, the Dodge will run from 0 to 160 mph in eight seconds. That two second time mentioned earlier is how quickly the car rockets to 60. In current form, it will exceed 200 mph. All that power is tempered with massive 14-inch rotors with six-piston calipers.
The theory behind the build, the brainchild of Scott Spock Racing, was to redesign the muscle cars of the golden era and make them a bit more accommodating for everyday use, while still being able to lay the hurt on supercars at the track. This is the first of what owner Scott Spock calls "ultra-cars,” cars that out-perform today’s supercars.
A novel theory that has yielded some sweet results. The run of ultra-cars is expected to be seven and include a ‘Cuda and GTO, with plans to have the Maximus run against the Bugatti Veyron to prove the car is all it claims to be.
This isn’t a complete build. The Charger is expected to receive a complete aero package, which will help the car cut through the air at speeds over 260 mph. The fully custom, bare metal exterior will receive a slash of clear coat, while some interior bits are tidied up. The entire exterior is fully custom-fabricated with only the front grill being stock. A sweet set of wheels will also be sourced to finish off the car.
We can’t wait to see the final product and see how it does against the Veyron.