Mopar Muscle Thursdays: 572 Hemi Charger shows why good tires are so important

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The 1968 Dodge Charger is unquestionably one of the most powerful muscle cars in the history of the automotive world but for some – enough is never enough. A fine example is the heavily built Charger in the video below.

Little is known about this 1968 Dodge Charger but from what we can see in the video, this hoodless Charger packs a 572 cubic inch Hemi and – unfortunately – a set of low profile tires wrapped around massive wheels.  This wheel and tire combo might look great cruising down the road or sitting at a car show but when the lights come down, we see why real drag cars don’t wear wheels or tires like this.

The driver attempts to ease the ’68 Charger off of the line but even with a nice, gentle, launch – traction is but a myth.  After working to get traction back, the driver tries to climb back into the throttle around half track only to kick the back end out as the big Hemi once again overpowers the tires.   The result of this 8th mile run is an ET of 8.73 seconds and a trap speed of 77.78 miles per hour but based on his struggles, I would guess that this Charger is very capable of significantly better times with some tires meant to put power to the road.

Even with a slower-than-expected 8th mile time, this 1968 Dodge Charger looks great and sounds even better! So it’s a fitting addition to the Mopar Muscle Thursdays segment. Crank up your speakers, sit back and enjoy watching this Charger show why tires and rims like the ones on this car are better fitted for a late model V6 Charger than a classic Charger with a Hemi crate engine.


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