Mustang versus Camaro, Ferrari versus Lamborghini, Camry versus Accord—the spirit of competition has been an essential part of the car scene ever since some guy named “Benz” traded in his team of horses for internal combustion. But what happens when we set our differences aside and build a car that draws inspiration from every corner of the automotive landscape?
For the answer to that, just ask Mike Rhodes.
Check out the slideshow above to see how Mike, a lifelong car enthusiast who got his start in the Japanese tuning scene, has applied those lessons to something built a little closer to home. Pound for pound, we think you’ll agree this supercharged, carbon-fiber infused Dodge is a Challenger with few rivals!
Photography By: Todd Biss Productions
Art Direction By: Lance Nemes
Story By: Dan Michaud
Suspension: Eibach Pro-System lowering springs and shocks, front and rear sway bars, and Pro-Alignment adjustable upper control arms; Moog R-Series lower control arms, adjustable ball joints, and tie rod ends; BMR sway bar end links; All Angles Designs front strut bar and rear trailing arms
Wheels and Tires: US Mags Pro Touring U381 Wheels (22" x 9 1/2" front, 22" x 11" rear), Nitto NT 420S tires (265/35R22 front, 295/30R22 rear)
Other Modifications: Per4mance Development rear differential brace
Engine & Transmission
Air and Fuel: Whipple 2.9L supercharger, BFNY Performance modified cylinder heads, COMP Cams custom grind camshaft, Dual Walbro electric fuel pumps, 80 lbs./hr. fuel injectors, Legmaker cold air intake, A2Speed 90mm throttle body, AEM Electronics wideband UEGO sensor
Cooling: Mishimoto 180° thermostat
Exhaust: JBA Competition-Ready long-tube headers and mid-pipes, Zoomers cat-back exhaust system with custom carbon fiber tips
Transmission/Driveline: Barton Industries shifter, Driveshaft Shop 4" one-piece aluminum driveshaft
Engine Dress Up: Custom carbon fiber washer reservoir cover, fuse box cover, and ABS cover; TruFiber carbon fiber firewall; Black Ops Auto Works carbon fiber radiator shroud; Billet Technology catch can, fluid caps, oil dipstick handle, A/C port cover, throttle body cover, coilpack covers, and hood strut covers
Other Modifications: DiabloSport Trinity 2 EX programmer and modified PCM with tuning by BFNY Performance
Body & Styling
Carbon Fiber: VIS Hellcat-style hood, Anderson Composites trunk lid and spoiler, ZL1 Addons wicker bill and custom mud flaps, Family Customs side skirts and spats, APR front splitter, Rebadge Design custom badges
Other Exterior Modifications: Custom aluminum rear splitter and flush fuel door, Custom tinted headlights and side markers, Merrick Motorsports headlight intake rings
Interior Modifications: Braum Elite Series seats and five-point harnesses; All Angles Designs harness bar; Beith Performance carbon fiber steering wheel; VMS carbon fiber Shift Knob; custom reupholstered door panels, rear seat, rear armrests, trunk, and shift boot by Spotlight Customs
A very special thank you to my girlfriend, Sam, for her contributions, understanding, effort, and patience in making this car a reality. She is as big a part of the car as I am. Also, thank you to Sean and Dena at Spotlight Customs, Heidi and Nick at Billet Technology, Erik at BFNY Performance, Brandon at Detail Addicts, Premier Dobermans, and the team at All Angles Design.