Since the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon started production, some cars have been spotted in the wild with a curious set of bright blue wheels that don’t quite come close to filling the new model’s extended fenders. The curious sight prompted the folks over at Allpar.com to reach out to Tim Kuniskis, head of the Dodge and SRT brands, for an explanation.
That’s led to the discovery of a rather fun little fact: apparently, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s deep wheels and 315-section rubber are too wide to fit the tracks on the Challenger’s current Brampton Assembly Plant line. The blue wheels are narrower placeholders that keep the car rolling until a set of production wheels can be fitted, as this solution was deemed less costly than modifying the assembly line.
Where Do The Wheels Come From?
The blue wheels are essentially “junk” Hellcat wheels, which are the maximum width than can be accommodated by the line, and were some how damaged or blemished during manufacturing. They are painted blue so that they are easier to distinguish from “good” wheels. After each Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is assembled and fitted with these tarnished wheels, it is sent straight to an upfitting center to have a proper set of wheels fitted, and then transported to a distribution center.
The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody also has wheels and tires too wide for the Brampton Assembly Plant, at 305 mm; it, too, will use the same method to circumvent the assembly line’s track limitations. It’s only natural for fans at this point to wonder if there isn’t some way they could get their hands on a set of these blue, blemished wheels, but we’ve got bad news; Dodge reportedly doesn’t have enough to spare, and must reuse each and every shipping wheel while the Demon and Widebody are still in production.
That said, you can probably get an aerosol can of bright blue wheel paint for around $10 or less at your local auto parts store.