Is the Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody any good on its home turf? The Smoking Tire/YouTube

In this episode of Matt Farah’s One Take, he puts a Hellcat Challenger through hell on Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Southern California.

Buttonwillow was set up for test and tune, so the 3.1-mile long track featured 16 corners. Considering the Hellcat was built more for drag racing, this isn’t really the car’s natural habitat, but Matt didn’t just bring out any Hellcat. This episode stars a Widebody Hellcat Challenger which is a $7,000 factory option from Dodge. For 2018 Dodge made the Demon’s wider body available on the Challenger which means they can now fit a 30mm wider tire on all four corners. This should translate to a more stable and predictable track car, but Matt finds out that, although the car handles better, it’s hard to get away from that 4,440 lb curb weight.

Enjoy the video and turn up the volume, that 707 horsepower supercharged engine sounds so good at wide open throttle.

Related: Dodge has an answer for Hellcat’s doubters: Widebody

Alex Palmeri About the author:
Alex Palmeri graduated with an Associates in Automotive Technology and started his career with Mercedes-Benz as an apprentice and shortly after a Master Technician. Currently Alex works as shop foreman in a large fleet repair facility. Aside from writing his automotive passion is very diverse. Alex’s car collection consists of ...Read more
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