As prevalent as the Dodge SRT Hellcat twins – Charger and Challenger – have been at the dragstrip since their release, they don’t seem to have nearly the same presence at road courses. That’s a shame, as despite being rather heavy, both cars are quite competent at cornering, with easy, neutral handling at the limit and plenty of lateral grip.
Plus, just imagine how great a racing-spec Challenger SRT Hellcat with decals, a racing livery, and aggressive aerodynamic pieces would look working its way around a road course in, say, the Pirelli World Challenge.
Thankfully, we no longer have to imagine what a purpose-built racing Challenger Hellcat might look like, as Wesley Motorsports has cobbled together a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody for competition in time attack events throughout 2018. The new car, which is only lightly-modified from stock, will make its on-track debut at the 2018 #GRIDLIFE at Mid-Ohio this month before running at the 2018 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, taking part in an additional three #GRIDLIFE events, and hitting up venues like the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show and Performance Racing Industry Show.
The Wesley Motorsports Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has received a going-over by Conrad Mohr of North Carolina-based shop ACME Hi-Performance Laboratories. Drawing on the Dodge Viper ACR for inspiration, Mohr modified interior, exterior, wheels, and tires to optimize the car’s handling for the road course, while keeping it legal for most production-based classes. Most obvious among the Challenger Hellcat’s modifications are the jutting front chin spoiler and elevated rear wing, which will provide extra downforce for improved road-holding under cornering.
The suspension of the new Wesley Motorsports car is – for the most part – bone-stock, except that the factory dampers have been replaced with Bilstein MDS units. They’ll help ensure that the high-performance Kumho tires keep in constant contact with the pavement, while battling the strong downward forces generated by the Widebody’s aerodynamic aids.
“We’re looking forward to making our mark on the hotly contested [Time Attack 1] class,” says Kevin Wesley, who will drive the Wesley Motorsports Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody throughout 2018. He’s no stranger to competition in production-based motorsports classes, having set a TA2 qualifying record at Pikes Peak in 2016 in a Dodge Viper ACR. He and his team finished second-in-class.
“Using production based cars with drivetrain modifications and limited aero improvements, TA1 is the perfect class to maximize Hellcat power as well as leverage aero developed under the Viper ACR program. Altitude demands lots of power to be competitive, Hellcat gives us that and the advantage of a reliable factory developed platform.”
For a full event schedule and detailed specs of the 2018 Wesley Motorsports Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, visit WesleyMotorsports.com.