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Happy Birthday Brampton - Birth place of Modern Mopar Muscle

Apr 29, 2016 - 3:48 PM - by MagnumClub

Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA) Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton Ontario is celebrating 30 years of continuous automobile production. Originally opened in 1986 to build the front-wheel-drive LH vehicles (i.e. Chrysler Concorde, Eagle Vision, Dodge Intrepid, and the like) the plant covers over 2.95 million square feet and sits on 269 acres of land. The high tech facility houses 581 different robots and employs 3,452 employees including a number of our very own members (hi Rab!).

Rab McLarnon was kind enough to organize a tour back a couple of years for a select number of lucky LXForums members so I’ve had the honor of actually going through the birth place of Modern Mopar Muscle. The assembly line employees were extremely professional and friendly as we stood and stared, mouth agape, as beautiful Challenger, after Charger, after 300 rolled down the line. We started at one end of the colossal facility where rolls of sheet metal come in and finished at the opposite end where completed vehicles drive off the line. The four story parts bin where robots automatically grab pieces off the shelf just in time to be assembled on to the next car is especially impressive.

Watching body meet chassis on the factory floor, with my fellow enthusiasts, I felt a tremendous amount of pride and admiration for the teams of people that bring our cars to market. We owners owe a serious debt of gratitude to the men and women who so carefully and meticulously craft the vehicles that we love, obsess over, modify and race.

So Happy Birthday Brampton! Keep up the good work and here’s to the next 30 years of ass-kicking, chest pounding, adrenaline pumping, Modern Mopar Muscle production!!
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NEW RECORD - Worlds Fastest Dodge Hellcats

Apr 19, 2016 - 9:41 AM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

These are the Worlds Quickest Hellcat Cars...

Drag strips around the country are opening for the 2016 season and with this ideal weather comes a new set of Hellcat Challenger quarter mile records – one with the 8-speed automatic transmission and one with the 6-speed manual transmission – and one is the quickest Hellcat car in the world.

Ricky Ellison's Hellcat

First up, as of last weekend, we have a new quickest Hellcat Challenger in the world, as Ricky Ellison’s High Horse Performance-tuned automatic transmission car ripped off a pair of 9.5X runs. Ellison’s Hellcat has a new upper and lower pulley, larger fuel injectors, header-back exhaust, lightweight front and rear Weld racing wheels, MT drag radial tires and a tune from High Horse Performance. No weight has been removed from this Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with the exception of the lighter wheels, so this car weighs more than 4,500lbs when it hits the track.

On his first run out last weekend, Ellison set the new Hellcat Challenger record with a 9.592 ET at 141.05 miles per hour and he did so with a 1.38 short time. That is some serious traction from such a heavy, powerful car, and Ellison backed up that record on his next run with a 9.582 at 141.74 miles per hour. In running a 9.58 and 9.59, Ricky Ellison owns the quickest Hellcat Challenger in the world, along with being the quickest automatic transmission Hellcat car thus far.

Ricky Ellison's Challenger run

Next up, we have the manual transmission Hellcat Challenger record, which was previous set at 10.86 by Jon Sipple – who was also the first to put a manual transmission Hellcat car in the 10s.

Sipple headed back to the track last weekend with a new tune and a 100-shot of nitrous on a car that is otherwise very near stock. Sipple’s modifications include a stronger driveshaft, sticky drag radial tires and a cold air intake, so the only real power adders are the bottle and tune, while the tires help put that power to the ground.

Jon Sipple's Hellcat

On Sipple’s first run last weekend, he laid down a 10.71 at 131.62 miles per hour, beating his old record by a tenth and a half. He backed up that run with a 10.625 at 133.61 miles per hour and even on a “bad run” last weekend, he ran a 10.84 – beating his old record time.

The problem for Sipple last weekend was that the clutch was slipping with the extra power, so he spent this past weekend swapping in a high performance clutch. In other words, look for Sipple to break his own record very soon.

Jon Sipple's Challenger run

Finally, while this record is not a new one, we have to recognize the quickest Hellcat Charger in the world. In hunting around, I cannot find an example of a Hellcat Charger running quicker than the 9.71 run shown in the video below. The owner/driver of the world’s quickest Hellcat Charger is a woman named Linda and her mods include an upper and lower pulley swap, a catless midpipe, a 3.09 rear gear, a new driveshaft, sticky tires and another High Horse Performance tune.

The video below shows Linda’s record run from last year, with the record run starting around the 2 minute mark of the video. There are several runs leading up to the Charger record run.

Linda's record setting Charger
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What to Expect from the Hellcat Powered Jeep SRT Trackhawk

Apr 14, 2016 - 11:16 PM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

The Chrysler Group management has promised that there will be a Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee available by the end of 2017 and it is widely expected that this Hellcat Jeep will be named the Trackhawk, but there has been no official information as to what to expect from the newest high performance SUV. Fortunately, based on what we know about the Hellcat Challenger and Charger, and what we know about the Grand Cherokee SRT, we can make some guesses as to what we might see when the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk debuts with the Hellcat Hemi.

First and more obviously, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (provided that they do use that name rather than SRT Hellcat for the trimline) will be powered by the 6.2L Hellcat Hemi. I expect that power to be channeled to all four wheels via the same heavy duty 8-speed automatic transmission which is found in the Hellcat Challenger/Hellcat Charger and an advanced all-wheel drive system – one which will likely be developed specifically to handle the monster power of the Hellcat Hemi. Based on concerns about the 4WD components being able to handle the power of the Hellcat, there have been rumors that the Trackhawk would be rear wheel drive, but I do not believe those rumors to be accurate.

Improving other aspects of performance in the Trackhawk will be an advanced adaptive suspension system similar to what is offered in the Hellcat cars, but this system will be specially tuned to make the Trackhawk the best-handling SUV in the world. Combine that advanced damper system with the massive 15.4” Brembo brakes from the Hellcat cars and we have an SUV that will corner and stop just as well as it accelerates.

After the Hellcat Hemi has been nestled into the engine bay, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will almost certainly get a new front fascia and a new hood which will help to both introduce plenty of cool air to the engine and the advanced cooling system while also removing excess heat from the engine bay. Look for the Hellcat Jeep to have more open grille space than any past high performance Grand Cherokee along with a vented hood that will likely be similar to that on the Challenger and Charger – with both a front-fascia air intake and a pair of vents flanking that central scoop. We can also expect that the Hellcat Grand Cherokee will have some unique wheels, but I wouldn’t expect it to look very different than the current SRT Jeep along the sides and across the rear.

Finally, the interior of the Hellcat Jeep should be nothing short of a premium cockpit, with Laguna leather sport bucket seats that are both heated and cooled, a multi-zone climate control system and a premium infotainment system – including the SRT Performance Pages with performance timers, G-Force meters and full controls for the adaptive suspension and the drive system.

Basically, look for the Trackhawk Jeep to have many... [Read More]
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