"This is Maximus. It's an eight-year, 16,000-man-hour, bare-metal homage to one of the greatest muscle cars ever created. This isn't some garage-built restomod or a bolt-on showcase. Instead, Maximus is a one-off, coachbuilt masterpiece that has been crafted from forged steel, desire, and the will to create the most influential and technologically advanced 1968 Dodge Charger the world has ever seen." - Hot Rod Magazine, April 2020
'68 Hemi Charger
Downtown Los Angeles Test-Drive & Burnouts in MAXIMUS, a 2,200hp+ NRE Twin Turbo Super-car.
Considering this is Nelson Racing Engines, you might assume it's something more exotic than your run-of-the-mill 426 Hemi, and you would be correct. What you're seeing here is a 572-cubic-inch Hemi (that's 9.4L) that utilizes twin NRE 88mm turbochargers, twin intercoolers, and a computer-controlled dual-injection system that switches automatically between 91 and 116 octane fuel when the octane threshold is reached. In the trunk is a dual-reservoir fuel tank that was CNC'd from a solid 2,000-lb block of aluminum. The tank features internal baffling, rollover vents, as well as all the plumbing. It is a sculpted work of art. The verified horsepower and torque numbers on Maximus are also mind-bending: 2,253 hp at 6,200 rpm, and 1,927 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm—and this is at just 25 psi of boost. Tom claims that if the boost pressure is increased to 45, power output would be just shy of 3,000 hp, making it the most potent Street Hemi that NRE has ever produced.
All this power is going to the rear wheels via a highly modified Tranzilla TR6060 six-speed manual transmission from Rockland Standard Gear Inc, and for extra insurance, a built-in GPS-based traction control system is employed to keep that power in check, as well as a five-mode horsepower/boost controller switch that lets the driver toggle between 1,000 and 2,000 hp
Make + Model
'68 HEMI Charger
Alien IntakeTwin Turbo
100% Dyno Tested
600 - 2,200hp +
- 572-cubic-inch Hemi (9.4L)
- Twin NRE 88mm turbochargers
- Twin intercoolers
- Computer-controlled dual-injection system that switches between 91 and 116 octane fuel
- Dual-reservoir fuel tank
- 2,253 hp at 6,200 rpm
- 1,927 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm—at just 25 psi of boost.
Inside, every surface, switch, button, vent, relay, and trim panel is a bespoke piece. To give the briefest of examples, a stock Chrysler stereo from 1968 now sits on a rotating James Bondstyle panel that electronically flips over to expose a modern touchscreen.
The steering wheel, which at first appears stock, is actually a billet piece covered in hand-stitched Italian leather with hidden buttons on the rear of the spokes that control many of the car's functions. Then there's the center console, with its rotary boost knob and toggle switches. It looks so good, it'll make you wonder why all consoles aren't designed this way.
"The crowd loved the car in bare metal," Scott says. "Dennis McCarthy, (vehicle coordinator for The Fast and the Furious) saw it and said it would be perfect for the ending of Furious 7. The problem was that we were still working on the car and it hadn't even run yet! We scrambled and got it going.Once the movie came out, everybody said, 'No, don't paint the car, it looks so cool in metal!'
Maximus was on display at the 2013 SEMA show in bare metal, simply because that's where the build had progressed at that point.
That was the hardest decision I made. I always wanted to paint it black, but I realized that it would be really cool to keep it in metal. When I told Tom, he said, 'You do realize that doing that will add years to the build, right?' But we did it, and now look at it! I'm both proud and scared of it, because we really did create a rolling piece of fine art," he continues.
That decision did add years, but no regrets, to the build. NRE embraced the bare-steel theme, realizing it would showcase their metalworking skills. Tom went as far as to hire a person to hand-brush the finish on the body panels so they would be uniform across the entire car before it was clear-coated.
Maximus is a masterstroke of automotive art and engineering, and one that answers the age-old question, "What if?" From a technological standpoint, it was designed to be updatable as our technology evolves. And from a power perspective? Well, the rest of the world can just play catch-up at this point. - HotRod.com
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