Jay Leno Gobsmacked by Demon-powered, Carbon Fiber 1970 Charger

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Speedkore’s ‘Evolution’ is one of the slickest examples of a classic Charger ever, and Leno loves it.

If you are in any large Mopar communities online, you have likely seen the 1970 Dodge Charger shown here before. This car was built by Speedkore, featuring their full carbon fiber body package and drivetrain parts from both the Hellcat and the Demon. Speedkore Vice President David Salvaggio recently stopped in to Jay Leno’s Garage with the Demon-powered, carbon fiber Charger, giving the legendary car collector a chance to drive the beast.

On the Road

The video begins with Leno cruising in the unique 1970 Dodge Charger as Salvaggio provides all of the key details. He explains that the machine is powered by a 6.2-liter Hemi from a preproduction 2018 Demon, but it is mated to a modified 6-speed manual transmission from a Hellcat Challenger. Pretty much every piece of the car is either carbon fiber or aluminum, cutting the weight down to around 3,400 pounds, leading to a feel on the road that Leno is quick to call “fantastic”.

Leno Drive Evolution Charger

During the early portion of the drive, Leno points out that it looks like it sits very low, but it doesn’t scrape like many of the cars that he drives. He also states that “the pistol grip shifter always makes me laugh”. He continues to praise the driving dynamics, calling it fun to drive and stating that “it’s so light, it’s very nice”.

Speedkore Charger Road Front Corner

As Leno makes use of the supercharged Hemi, Salvaggio explains that the Demon engine under the hood is not stock. In addition to the front-drive accessory system from the Hellcat, this Hemi has been fitted with headers, bigger injectors and smaller pulleys, leading to added boost and more power. To be exact, the Evolution Charger makes 966 horsepower.

The drive ends in the rain, but Leno still raves about every aspect of the drive.

Speedkore Charger Rear Road

“I’m very impressed with the handing and driving characteristics of this car,” said Leno, going on to place it about many of the restomods that he has driven.

Back in the Shop

Once Leno, Salvaggio and the Evolution Dodge are back in the shop, they take a closer look at the gorgeous carbon fiber body. It takes the team about a week-and-a-half to make the full body and during the process, the panels are constructed so that all of the lines in the weave line up perfectly across the tiny body gaps. The drip rails have been removed, as have the window moldings, and the car sits lower than stock, but over, the look of the 1970 Charger has been preserved and Leno appreciates that.

Leno Speedkore Charger Shop

“I like it because it still looks like a Dodge Charger”.

Speedkore Charger Engine

Towards the end of the video, we get a look at the Demon engine under the hood, with a 3D-printed air intake and Speedkore’s carbon fiber radiator cover. All of these parts are now available through Speedkore for all 1968 through 1970 Chargers, so if you have one that you are restoring, you can buy the entire body or some of the individual components. The parts can be left with the exposed carbon fiber, but they can also be painted like any metal piece.

Speedkore Charger Rear

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

Speedkore Charger Close Front

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