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1,000-HP Superbird Rips Down Runway At 194 MPH: Video

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In 1969, Dodge created a bewinged beast for the NASCAR circuit and called it the Dodge Charger Daytona. That car was a Charger that had been turned up to 11 thanks to the addition of a serious amount of aero bodywork. In 1970, it was Plymouths turn to get in on the action, and the automaker did so by creating the Superbird.

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Starting with a Plymouth Road Runner, the Superbird received the massive nose cone and skyscraper-grade tail spoiler along with the choice of either a 426 Hemi V-8, 440 Super Commando, or the 440 Super Commando Six Barrel. Just 1,920 were produced and less than 200 were fitted with the 426 Hemi.

With the return of the modern Challenger a few years back, a company called HPP decided it was also time to reinvent the Daytona and the Superbird. The man who bought the second car produced by HPP decided to juice his up a bit and take it to the track. Not the twisty stuff, mind you, but the long and straight runway races that thrive down in the heart of Texas.

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Joel Highsmith and his team have created a Superbird that has over 1,000 rear-wheel horsepower. This is thanks to a 408 cubic-inch engine paired with a Kenne Bell 4.2-liter supercharger. So how fast can that combo get this thing going in the span of a mile?

Nearly 200 miles per hour.

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