Dodge Put an Air Intake in the Headlight of its New Challenger [W/Video]
The automotive press (ourselves included) have been swooning over the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The supercharged V8 is capable of making 600 horsepower, which in turn is capable of making us weak in the knees. But there is more to this modern muscle car than originally meets the eye — it just requires closer inspection.
In order to feed that supercharged 6.2-liter V8, you need fuel, spark and air. The latter is fed through the normal avenues, including the grille, lower front valence and hood scoop. But there is one more method for which our native atmosphere is combined with dead dinosaurs to make gobs of power– an extra air intake in the middle of the driver’s side “halo” style headlamp.
“You don’t do a car like this to be subtle,” says Dodge President and CEO, Tim Kuniskis “You do a car like this to send a message to the industry on who you are, what you are and what you’re all about.” We’d have to agree, and its efforts like that that make us love when an automaker puts its all into a car, much like the way Chevy did with the Z/28 Camaro.
And that’s kind of the point here. The two cars are certainly competitors, and now they both have special ways of getting air into the engine bay. Chevy has its “Flow-tie,” where GM engineers cut out the middle gold section of the Chevy Bowtie to allow just a little bit more air to flow into the engine. And of course Dodge has the open intake headlights, as you've seen here.
It also reminds us of how some import cars have a headlight removed for auto-crossing or drag racing. At any rate, this is one of the cars we want to drive this year, and steps like this are just another reason why.