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The burned Redeye from Woodward ran a 9.27 this weekend

by Patrick Rall on

Just over a month after James Golden’s F8 Green Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye burned on the street at Detroit’s Woodward Dream Cruise, it is back on the track, running better than ever. After AJ Berge from Hemituner Performance and Jim from True Street Performance hustled to get the blown engine replaced, Golden is already running in the low-9-second range as he breaks in the new build.

The Woodward Fire

If you are somehow unfamiliar with the story of this F8 Green Challenger Redeye, it was arguably the biggest story from the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise in Metro Detroit. After doing a big, smoky burnout on the portion of Woodward Avenue in Pontiac that ran along the front of the Modern Street Hemi Shootout display, one of the connecting rods broke and tore through the engine, leading to an oil fire.

This fire happened at a portion of the Dream Cruise route that is always densely packed with spectators, so there were many pictures and videos of Golden’s muscle car burning on the street which quickly spread around the internet.

There was all sorts of incorrect speculation as to what happened to the dark green Mopar muscle car, but fortunately, we were able to connect with James Golden for the full story. You can read all about what happened by clicking here, but the important part of today’s story is that AJ from Hemituner and Jim from True Street quickly got the blown engine out and a new engine installed.

The New Build

The new supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi in James Golden’s Redeye is not stock, but in the grand scheme of things, it is not all that heavily modified. It is fitted with a Hellraiser 2.72 upper pulley, an ATI 10% lower pulley, a Fore Triple pump fuel system, a 95-millimeter throttle body, 1,700cc fuel injectors, an unlocked PCM and, of course, tuning is being handled by AJ Berge and Tim Barth, with software proprietary to Barth and Hemituner as well as Diablo.

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Boom 948 RWH and 939 torque 😁. That’s with very little timing and only 6,300 Rpm. Our new redline is going to be 7,200, so there is bunch more Rpm and timing that’s going to be added. It should easily be over 1,000 RWP and 1,200+ at the crank. We are going to break it in at the track tomorrow can’t wait so stay tuned. Thank you to AJ @hemitunerperformance and Jim @truestreetjim and all the guys at the shop that make this possible for me. #srt ##hellcataddicts #hellcatredeye #srtscott #sincityhellcatredeye #racing #dodgeofficial #carsofinstagram #challengers #challengerhellcat #hellcatchallenger #srthellcat #fastcars #dragracing#thatsmydodge#hellcat#challenger#streetstyle#speed#custom#mopar#horsepower#musclecar#demonicracing

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Helping to make the most of that power is a set of BMR tie rods, K&N lowering springs, 1300hp G-Force axles, an aluminum Driveshaft Shop driveshaft and Weld wheels wrapped in 315-50-17 Mickey Thompson Street ET drag radials.

Once everything was back together, Golden needed to make some break-in runs and he did so this past weekend at ATCO in New Jersey. Mind you, this engine is still being broken-in, so he wasn’t pushing the car anywhere near as hard as he could, yet this F8 Redeye is already running solid numbers.

With a 1.410 short time and a 5.971 8th mile at 118.96 miles per hour, Golden’s Challenger ran a best time of 9.274 at 149.07 miles per hour. Prior to that, he ran a 9.28 at 145, and you can check that run out in the video below.

That makes this one of the quickest Redeye Challengers in the country, but again, this was a break-in run, so as James Golden gets more seat time and the air temps drop, we can expect even quicker times from the famous Dodge muscle car.

If you want to follow his progress, Golden posts great updates on his Instagram account


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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