The American culture has influenced a lot of people from around the globe. Peter Sagan who grew up in Slovakia is one of them, he was really inspired by the American movie Dukes of Hazzard. The load and powerful Dodge Charger General Lee on the screen was nothing like the small and simple cars that you can usually find in Europe. General Lee left the young Peter Sagan in awe and inspired him to be something bigger as well.
Today, Peter Sagan is now a rising star in the world of competitive cycling which means he has the money to build his own version of General Lee that inspired him when he was young. With the help of Scott Tedro and Ken Maisano, who co-owns the MASCAR Modern & Classic Autobody & Paint Repair from Costa Mesa, California, Sagan was able to achieve his dream car. Peter also saw the raging Dodge Charger that starred in The Fast and the Furious which also became an inspiration to his dream car. Scott and Ken asked the famous artist Steve Stanford to create the design of Sagan’s dream car that has the elements that peter wanted from both Dodge Chargers, and also some other finishing touches from the MASCAR’s metal works that was fabricated by Adam Stankus. After over two years of hard work from the MASCAR team, the finished dream car is the car that you can see on the pictures.
The first step was to find a good 1970 Dodge charger to work on, luckily they found one nearby and is still in a reasonably good condition. After some media blasting, rust and rot were exposed and needed treatment. It was completely taken apart and underwent a rotisserie restoration. Although this project is not really a restoration because this will be a full-on resto-mod build. All of the panels have undergone some fabrication work, the body also went some modifications that are made in steel.
On the inside, several modifications was also done to match the exterior. Some off the additions are Procar bucket seats, hand-made console, and a custom dashboard, everything was either replaced of modified. The whole interior was then covered with premium grade leather and high quality carpet or cloth.
A dashing Dodge Charger wouldn’t be complete without power backing it up, a blown 572 wedge engine gives it that. Airbag suspensions are used to make the ride smooth even at a low ride height that can easily be raised when passing through steep roads or humps. Steamroller wheels are fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sports tires for a low profile.
Peter received the Dodge Charger last year and was really excited for his dream car and making a young successful cyclist excited is something the MASCAR team should be proud off.
For the engine, it was built by Kenny Maisano using a Mopar Performance RB engine block, and built an amazing stroker with billet crank and rods, forge 8.0:1 pistons,a Cam Motion billet hydraulic roller cam, Edelbrock Victor cylinder heads, T&D shaft-mount rocker arms, an Indy intake, and further powered by a BDS 8-71 supercharger. Holley’s HP EFI system manages the Force Fuel Injection module. This awesome setup is rated to reach 1,000 horsepower and a torque of 1,200 lb-ft.
For the transmission, it was made by Westminster Performance. A bulletproof 727 transmission with a 300M alloy input shaft, four- and six-pinion planetary gear sets, and billet hubs and servos. B8M Stealth Pro Ratchet shifter was used for the quick reaction gear shifting, matched with custom Drivelines, Inc. three-inch driveshaft that directs all the power to the fabricated 9-inch axle with 3.00:1 gears mounted on a Detroit TruTrac differential.
For the exhaust, MASCAR started with a set of ceramic-coated Doug’s Headers and then followed by QTP electric exhaust cutout set. 3-inch dual exhaust system was then custom bent to match with the Magnaflow bullet mufflers. Everything is ceramic-coated for that perfect finish.
For the front suspension, the Stock K-member was replaced by a much better Control Freak front end. The suspension was then made into a rock and pinion steering system. In the rear, Control Freak was also installed and is combined with RideTech air springs and shocks. The RidePRO Digital control unit allows you to control the suspension settings using a electronic control panel or using a smart phone with the app installed in it.
This beast needs powerful brakes to stop all of its power. Wilwood supplied the 13-inch rotors, fixed by six- and four-piston calipers in both the front and back. ABS Power Brakes compliments the electric power brake.
An effective fuel system is required to keep this thirsty beast fed with the air it needs. MASCAR used a custom-built aluminum fuel cell stuffed into the trunk and two Walbro pumps are then installed into it. One pump is needed for normal drives but when more power is needed, the second pump kicks in to give the airflow boost needed for that power. Rusell -8 hose for the input and -6 for the return.
The interior is also a work of wonder. Before everything was completely assemble, MASCAR mounted Hushmat sound and heat insulating panels on all sides. Mercedez Benz fabric was used for the carpeting and Porsche parts made up the headliner. Roberto’s Auto Trim in Costa Mesa covered the Procar seats, custom console, steering wheel, and door panels using black leather. Dakota Digital VHX gauges are used with a custom, aluminum bezel which was then hydrodipped in a carbon fiber design. Vintage Air supplied the well hidden HVAC unit, and Nu-Relics power windows, A1 Electric power door locks, and a Digital Guard Dawg keyless entry and pushbutton start that completes the very modern interior of the classic Dodge Charger.
Finally for the exterior and finishing touches, almost all of the panels were modified by MASCAR. The stock grille and valance was replaced by a 1969 earlier version. The bumpers for both the rear and front was reworked to make room for the European license plates. Custom built taillight panel and rear valance lenses were built that were inspired by the 1963 Impala. Amber lenses were used for the signal lights as dictated in the European regulations. The quarter panels were made wider and mini tubs were placed to make room for the large rear tires. Several hours of repeated priming and block sanding to prepare the car for the 4 coats of unique titanium basecoat and four coats of clear for protection. Almost a thousand hours of working-hours was need just for the body and paint jobs.
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