Taking a vintage car and fitting it with modern-day performance parts and technologies is currently all the rage in the muscle car community. These creations, called ‘restomods’ or ‘pro-touring’ cars offer up vintage looks and style with present day performance, making them loved by old and young car enthusiasts alike.
Wisconsin-based SpeedKore Performance recently set out to build a restomod based on a 1970 Dodge Charger, but they took the whole ‘retro looks with modern day performance’ philosophy to an entirely new level. Using the original parts as molds, they built a bespoke carbon fiber body for the Charger in order to cut as much weight from the project as possible, but they didn’t stop there.
The Charger, which they’ve nicknamed the ‘Tantrum’, also features modern day wheels and brakes, an entirely new interior and a 9.0-liter Mercury marine engine with twin 96mm turbochargers producing about 1,650 horsepower. They also built and tuned the chassis themselves. Talk about an extreme build.
The guys from SpeedKore recently took their Dodge Charger ‘Tantrum’ to Jay Leno’s garage to have the man himself have a look at the car and take it for a spin around Los Angeles. Leno’s driven a lot of outlandish cars, but few are as off-the-wall as this one, so be sure to check it out in the Jay Leno’s Garage episode above.