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Spied At SEMA: "Rapture" Retro-modern 2015 Scat Pack Challenger



Article by Rick Jensen. Photography by Corey Davis.

Revvolution’s been cruising the aisles at the 2014 SEMA show all week, and as always, there’s some fantastic stuff here. Check out our daily overview coverage from the floor.

The best thing about SEMA is… well, there’s so much that’s great about SEMA that you’d need a top 1,000 list to even scratch the surface. This show is like the world’s biggest class reunion, where literally everyone there is your wrench-turning, gear-banging buddy. And they’re showing off hundreds of mind-bending, fire-breathing (and yes, straight fugly) SEMA project cars. Throw in the amazing events at nearby race courses, the best new products from every aftermarket manufacturer and the Hilton bar’s predatory, leopard-print-wearing hookers, and you begin to understand SEMA’s controlled insanity.







Okay, back to the project cars. We stumbled upon this sweet 2015 Challenger SEMA project in the Amsoil booth and had to know more. Its story started when Chrysler put the word out that it was going to donate this car to a talented build team. So Vintage Race Rentals (VRR) and Pfaff Designs created the winning design, won the job and took delivery of the second 2015 Challenger off the assembly line in September. And that left VRR and Pfaff less than two months to finish it before the 2014 SEMA show.







"Rapture” is a mix of old school and cutting edge visual themes in an all-muscle wrapper. The stock Challenger’s aggression is dialed up thanks to the Scat Pack, which has a more aggressive front splitter and decklid spoiler. But RM Motorsports custom-built "Rapture” with an even more aggressive front splitter and rear spoiler, and added hood heat extractors and unique "athlete eye black” front air ducts to complement the Hella lights.






The "Plum Insane” purple paint pays homage to the iconic Plum Crazy hue. That’s Minor Customs sprayed it, then applied an asymmetric graphic scheme with silver roof stripes. An Air Lift Performance air suspension adds cornering prowess while lowering the Challenger, and the three-piece FORGELINE RB3 wheels wearing Nitto tires look seriously cutting edge.




The 485-horse, 392-cube HEMI V-8 wears a shaker hood for fresh, cold air induction, and gets added power from Amsoil fluids, a set of Kooks headers and a Magnaflow exhaust.






All in all, this visually stunning machine is a tasteful, modern send-up of the classic Challengers of yore.

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Rick Jensen (Turboguy)

Rick's a Turbo Buick and EFI GM nut who was born in Nebraska, then reborn on the mean streets of Queens, NYC. Spent high school and college wrenching and racing before moving to NYC and spending 13 years as the editor-in-chief, editor, and writer for some of America's best automotive magazines, websites, and ad agencies. Favorite moments include running low 10s in my Turbo Buick, Exposing GM's weak-assed early CTS-V drivetrains, road racing Corvettes and Camaros, and doing high-boost launches to make my kid laugh.
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