June '19

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14 THE SHOP JUNE 2019 SKETCHBOOK PROJECT VEHICLE 2018 DODGE CHALLENGER HELLCAT Performance exhaust system company MagnaFlow, in conjunction with Funk Flex, unveiled his custom MagnaFlow- equipped 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat blended with carbon fiber body panels from a 1969 Dodge Charger at the 2018 SEMA Show. Funk Flex contacted Valanca Auto Concepts to build a modernized version of his favorite muscle car, a 1969 Dodge Charger. The platform for the build was a late-model Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Maintaining the unibody and safety features, the Charger received several modifications including a 4-inch wider track width and 2-inch shorter roofline, all while lowering the car 3 inches overall. Each body panel was handcrafted to reimagine the classic body lines of the 1969 Charger. The body features a combination of carbon parts from SpeedKore Performance Group and Common Fibers including a carbon fiber hood, roof, trunk, bumpers and rocker panels. The vehicle is powered by the modern Hellcat powertrain and backed by a custom MagnaFlow exhaust. With Valanca Auto Concepts at the helm of the exterior transformation, the interior received a refresh courtesy of Gillin Auto Interiors in New York. The wheels are a custom design from Boze Alloys, featuring 19x8.5s in the front and 20x11.5s in the rear that sit over a set of Baer Brakes 6-piston brakes all around. 1969 FORD BOSS 429 MUSTANG Oklahoma-based Classic Recreations revealed its officially licensed 1969 Boss 429 Ford Mustang continuation car at the 2018 SEMA Show. Classic Recreations is the only continuation car builder licensed by Ford Motor Co. to offer the 1969 Boss 429 Mustang as well as the 1969-'70 Boss 302 and 1969-'70 Mach 1 Mustangs. The Classic Recreations Boss 429 Mustang was built from an original 1969 Mustang body and restored to factory condition. Equipped with a custom-built Boss 429 engine, it features an updated valvetrain and electric fuel injection and engine management systems. The 815- hp, 546-ci crate engine with Kaase Boss 9 cylinder heads is mated to a Tremec manual transmission with a Centerforce Clutches DYAD twin disc clutch and flywheel. A 4-link rear suspension and front tubular upper and lower control arms along with adjustable coil-overs and oversized sway bars offer road stability, while MagnaFlow stainless steel performance mufflers and stainless steel WORX long-tube headers offer an aggressive sound. It rides on Michelin Pilot Sport 225/40/18 front and 315/30/18 rear tires mounted to the all-new VF529 wheels from American Racing. Stopping power is provided by slotted and cross- drilled, zinc-washed rotors mated to Wilwood 6-piston front and 4-piston rear brake calipers. Classic Recreations also installed a Flaming River tilt column and complete rack and pinion steering conversion. Fuel delivery is handled by a VaporWorx electric fuel pump inside of an Aeromotive Stealth 18-gallon fuel cell. The Boss 429 received a custom Vengeance Black monochromatic paint job using BASF paint as well as a number of other upgrades including KICKER speakers, TMI Products seats and custom console, an Old Air Products A/C unit, a Lecarra aluminum steering wheel and factory Boss 429 200-mph gauges. ALL-ELECTRIC B2 PICKUP Bollinger Motors has unveiled the new, street-legal B2 Pickup, gleaned from the company's extensive development of the B1 Sport Utility Truck. "The new B2 incorporates everything that we've learned in making the B1, and takes it in an exciting new direction," said Robert Bollinger, founder, Bollinger Motors. "It's always been the plan to have both the B1 and B2 start off our lineup. Now that we have so much incredible data from testing our B1 prototype, we can put all of that engineering knowledge into our final four-door B1 and B2 vehicles. It's the pickup I always wanted and something crazy- better than what's available on the market today." Developed with the same DNA, both the original B1 and new B2 sport dual motors, all-wheel drive, hydropneumatic suspension, in-wheel portal gear hubs, 120kWh battery pack, large front trunk space and patented pass-through doors for transporting long items. The bed is 4-foot-1-inch wide by 5-foot-9-inches long. The rear glass also opens up like the B1, allowing storage on the top of the cab. The B2 will be a Class 3 work truck (10,001-pound gross vehicle weight rating) with a hauling capability of 5,000 pounds.

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