1970 Dodge Charger with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing Engine

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing QC4v V8

A lot of pro-touring vehicles find their way to SEMA each year. SpeedKore Performance Group and Salvaggio Automotive Design might have brought one of the wildest I have ever seen. They call the project “Tantrum” which is a good name considering people who see it probably have one.

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing QC4v V8

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing QC4v V8

SpeedKore specializes in building vehicles using composite materials. The Charger’s fenders, hood, valance, bumper, inner door panels, inner quarters, and mirror caps were all made out of carbon fiber. I was unable to find the weight of the car but all this carbon helped lose some serious weight.

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing QC4v V8

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing QC4v V8

If the team didn’t build it out of carbon fiber they spent time customizing it out of metal. The frame, roll cage, firewall, radiator support, inner fenders, floors, tail light bezels, door handles, fuel cap, aluminum grill, and interior details were all custom made out of steel or aluminum.

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing QC4v V8

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing QC4v V8

All those modifications are amazing but what really makes my jaw drop is the heart of this beast. Under the hood sits a twin-turbo Mercury Racing QC4v DOHC V8. The all-aluminum 9.0 L (552 ci) engine weighs 699 lbs and with 7.8:1 compression ratio and two 94 mm turbochargers produces 1,650 horsepower. The engine runs a dry sump oil system and is connected to a T-56 six-speed transmission.

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing QC4v V8

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing QC4v V8

Listen to what a 9.0 L DOHC V8 sounds like.

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing QC4v V8

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing QC4v V8

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum with a 1650 HP Mercury Racing QC4v V8

This is teaser behind-the-scenes of the build.

Update 12/1/2015 – Speedhunters published a detailed article with many juicy photos.

Update 12/29/2015 – V8TV’s interview about the car at SEMA 2015

Update 2/23/2016 – Speedkore and the Charger visit Jay Leno’s Garage

Source: SpeedKore FB page

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