Dodge has built some of the most powerful muscle cars and even SUVs in the world. Their high-performance offerings are sure to outperform most cars on the road and compete competitively in various drag racing events across the United States.
Interestingly, the most powerful of these Dodge muscles come with some crazy engines, like the Demon, Hellcat, and Hellcat Redeye mills. All highly powered HEMI V8s with a displacement of 6.2 liters, these mills turn Charger, Challenger and even Durango models into supercars.
Since these engines are so powerful, automakers have started swapping a Hellcat Redye grinder for their project vehicles. The result should be amazing, but building a car with such a powerful engine is no easy task. After all, building a car takes time and resources, as well as skills and tools.
Interestingly, eight social media influencers on YouTube each built a race car with a Hellcat Redeye engine underneath, all in 30 days. They know it’s a race against time to do so, especially when their models were set to compete in the 2022 Roadkill Nights Powered By Dodge.
Roadkill Nights returned this year for the seventh time with another series of straight-line racing thrills and thrills. In addition to the usual open-to-anyone drag racing action, this year’s Roadkill Nights still held the Grudge Match, with Dodge Direct Connection as the main sponsors. As in 2021, the Grudge Racers for 2022 were social media influencers whose focus turned to automotive.
For this year’s Grudge Match, which is essentially a constructor showdown and drag race, Roadkill Nights selected eight contestants to build their own drag car using Dodge Direct Connection parts. These direct-connect parts include the Hellcrate Redeye 6.2-liter Supercharged Crate Hemi engine and a plug-and-play Hellcrate Redeye 6.2-liter Supercharged Crate Hemi engine control unit (ECU), as well as a six-speed manual transmission.
The contestants, five new and three returning, had around 30 days to complete the build and then take part in a bracket-style drag race during Roadkill Nights. New builders include David Patterson (ThatDudeinBlue), Christina Roki, Corruptt Builds (Tony Arme), Collete Davis, and Herman Young (Demonology). Returning contestants include Throtl, Tavarish (Freddy Hernandez), and Westen Champlin.
The eight Grudge Racers would then engage in a bracket-style matchup, with the winner competing against Alex Taylor, the defending champion.
Christina Roki and ThatDudeinBlue go not so old SRT
These YouTubers used what they had to build the meanest Dodge drag car. For example, ThatDudeinBlue chose a Dodge Magnum SRT-8 pickup as the basis for their build. He encountered various problems and obstacles along the way and yet managed to complete his Hellcat Redeye Magnum in time.
Christina Roki and her other half, Grant Sloan, shoehorned the Hellcat Redeye engine into a 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT. The duo, who wrapped the car in rose gold livery, also tuned the Hellcat Redeye engine to deliver more than the usual 807 hp. output at 1,100 hp.
Corruptt Builds and Colette Davis look back to the 1960s
Winner of several national awards for their creations, Corruptt Builds decided to go back in time with a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda. They had to strip most of the car’s internal components and install new ones just to accommodate the size and power of the Hellcat Redeye engine. Interestingly, he also set the mill to around 1100hp.
Colette Davis, however, dates back to 1962 with her complexion. She shoehorned a Hellcat Redeye engine into a 1962 Dodge Lancer GT and even used parts and components intended for Pro-Mods. His orange Lancer Hellcat Redeye can deliver 1,000 hp over the wheels.
Throtl and Tavarish unleash Viper and Charger Pursuit Ute
On the other hand, the Throtl trio of Mickey Andrade, Rickie Fernandez and Quinn Clark used a 2001 Dodge Viper RT/10 as their project car. The cutting, welding, and crafting on Throtl’s build was more intense than that on ThatDudeinBlue’s Magnum, as the Hellcat Redeye barely fit inside it.
Tavarish got more creative and built what he calls the “Hellcamino Pursuit Ute.” It’s essentially a ute-transformed Dodge Charger, with a Hellcat Redeye engine and black-and-white police livery. But unlike real police cars, this Hellcamino can easily chase down criminals on the road.
Demonology and Westen settle for Challengers
Meanwhile, Demonology used another Challenger as a base, building the drag racer from scratch. While this shouldn’t have been a challenge for him, as he’s a Mopar fanatic, the apparent lack of time to complete the build meant that Demonology had to hurry. However, his build looks convincingly menacing.
Westen was originally building an AWD police car for Roadkill Nights. However, midway through, the organizers implemented a rule change that removed the police car from the event. So, in 14 days, Westen dug into what he had, got an older 2016 Challenger, and tuned the Hellcat Redeye engine to 1,500 hp with Nitrous.
Alex Taylor defends the Grudge Match crown
The Grudge Match saw Westen win the entire pool, giving him the privilege of challenging defending champion Alex Taylor. Westen’s 2016 Challenger and Alex’s 1955 Plymouth Savoy, also with a Hellcat Redeye engine tuned to 988 horsepower on the wheels, entered a winner-takes-all finale. While Westen’s drive was more powerful than Alex’s classic racer, the latter turned out to be the winner of the 2022 Grudge Match.
Source: Dodge, ThatDudeinBlue, Christina Roki, Corrupt Builds, Collette Davis, Demonology, Throtl, Tavarish, Westen Champlin