It took a Dodge Charger Hellcat donor car to create this ludicrous single cab bakkie but because of that we get to enjoy watching this Hellkota Dodge Dakota R/T burn some serious rubber.
In the most American thing you will see this weekend, Holley Performance on Youtube have presented us with a bespoke Dodge Dakota R/T “Hellkota” which makes use of most of the running gear from a Hellcat. The meticulously completed work took a Dodge Charger Hellcat donor car and transferred the engine and transmission into the single cab bakkie. Ther interior even got the donor’s dashboard which not only modernises it but makes it look like it has come straight out of the factory across the Canadian border in the US state of Michigan.
The ludicrous engine was even being sold as a crate package by FCA not too long ago.
The bakkie originally came with a sizable 5,9-litre V8 engine which pushed out 186 kW. While this may not sound impressive, muscle cars from down the road in Detroit were only putting out around 240 kW in the same era. Regardless of these semantics, the Hellcat swap means that a 6,2-litre supercharged V8 that sits in front of the driver could be capable of the same 594 kW and 957 N.m that a stock Dodge Charger Hellcat boasted from the factory. The Hellkota hasn’t yet been put through its paces on a dyno nor drag strip since it is claimed to still be a work-in-progress.
The interior is a standout feature on the tyre shredding bakkie considering it utilises the dashboard from its Charger Hellcat donor, along with the eight-speed automatic transmission too. All of the electronic equipment works too, with the centre mounted touch screen, paddle shifters and drive modes being completely functional.
None of that is really the focal point of what the Hellkota is actually capable of, with its ludicrous powertrain, it easily shreds through tyres and looks good doing so.