Eco Dodge Challenger Runs on Gas and ElectricEnlarge Photo
From the outside you notice a few modifications like the wheels, custom paint and carbon fiber features. Where it starts to get interesting is under the sheet metal and inside the cabin. For the muscle part Popular Mechanics yanked out the intake, exhaust, headers and spark plugs for some upgraded aftermarket parts along with giving it a custom tune. They have also replaced the entire suspension for an air-ride system, added 20-inch wheels, Nitrous and Brembo brakes.
Now we move to the Eco part where PM added a separate electric drivetrain, a brushless DC electric motor (same used on hybrid cars) weighing in at only 89 lbs. Then there are the 28 batteries custom fitted to where the back seat used to be along with a fuel cell somewhere in the car. The car uses dual throttle control, what this means is you can drive the car as an automatic using gas or a throttle control for electric.
The Challenger is simply a work of art in my opinion with all the modifications and time that went into it. Rumor has it you will be able to see this Eco Dodge Challenger at SEMA and you will also have the chance to own it at the 2010 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction. For more check out the photos and videos below or head on over to view Popular Mechanics 8-page Article.