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Epling Garage Hellcat Challenger resets the record with a 7.84

by Patrick Rall on

This past weekend, the Epling Garage family racing team was back at the track, looking to improve on their world record-setting 7.87 earlier this month. While Jason was only able to shave a few hundredths from their previous record, the “007” Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat reset the record with a 7.84 at 176 miles per hour, showing that breaking into the 7s was far from a fluke.

Since we brought you the news of the Epling Garage Challenger becoming the first Hellcat car to run in the 7-second range, the team hasn’t changed any of the components of this high performance Mopar machine. Since getting into the 7s, Jason Epling has continued tuning the engine and suspension setup, working to get the most power to the ground as quickly and as efficiently as possible without yanking the front wheels off of the ground. The result is an ability to launch the car hard while keeping the wheels down, which in turn allows them to ramp up power earlier in the run – leading to better elapsed times.

Unfortunately, when the Epling Garage team of Leon, Jason and Logan got to the track this past weekend, it was hot and the air wasn’t great, leading to a density altitude of over 2,500 feet. However, that didn’t stop the family team from breaking-and-resetting their own world record for the quickest Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

In the video below, Jason Epling pilots his dad’s Hellcat Challenger down the quarter mile in just 7.84 seconds, reaching a speed of 176 miles per hour. While it only narrowly beats their previous record, the bottom line here is that even in bad air, the Epling Garage team continues to improve on their best time – putting a whole lot of distance between their record and all of the other challengers (no pun intended) who are running in the 8-second range.

Details on the 007 Challenger

If you are somehow unfamiliar with the “007” Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat that the Epling Garage family race team has been campaigning over the past few years, here is a quick rundown.

This is an actual, factory-built 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and it still retains the original body, chassis and VIN while being powered by a Hellcat-based engine. We say Hellcat-based because the 6.2-liter Hellcat Hemi block has been worked to 7.0-liters/426 cubic inches. In addition to the extra cubes, this Hemi features a 4.9-liter Kenne Bell supercharger, Thitek cylinder heads sporting big valves a custom port job, Jesel rockers, a custom Comp Cam, a Holley EFI system, 1,700cc injectors, dual Magnaflow fuel pumps, a Snow Performance water injection system, a nitrous oxide system and a Q16 racing fuel engine tune from Tim Barth that allows this Challenger to create around 1,500 horsepower.

In addition to the tune from Tim Barth, Jason Epling handles the fine tuning at the track and between trips to the track, so the best-known Hellcat tuner is constantly working with the quickest Hellcat driver in the world to keep on setting records – and they keep on succeeding.

Aside from the monster Hemi, this Challenger is equipped with a Liberty 5-speed manual transmission, a Ram triple-disc clutch and a Strange 9-inch rear differential, while adjustable Strange suspension components help put all of that power to the rear wheels.

We expect that the Epling Garage team will continue resetting the world record for the quickest Hellcat car in the quarter mile as the cooler winter air arrives and DA drops, but in the meantime, they are the kings of the Hellcat hill with this 7.84 run. Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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