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Weekly Customer Spotlight: The Story of Michael England's Unstoppable 2016 Dodge Charger Hellcat




In the world of drag racing, few cars capture the imagination quite like Michael England's 2016 Dodge Charger Hellcat. This week's customer spotlight tells the story of how Michael transformed his Charger into a dominating force on the track, thanks to an impressive array of upgrades and a relentless pursuit of performance.



Not that long ago, Michael's Charger Hellcat was just a stock vehicle with a lot of potential. However, Michael knew that with the right enhancements, his Hellcat could become a true competitor on the drag racing circuit. And so began his journey to create a machine that could conquer any challenge thrown its way.



Michael started with the heart of his Charger, upgrading the engine with an Sipples Speed and Performance forged 6.2-liter block fitted with CP pistons. Next, he focused on improving the airflow and fuel delivery by adding a SDG X-treme Hellephant Killer Combo 2.38 blower, 1650cc injectors, dual fuel pumps, and an LMI cold air intake. To further enhance the car's performance, Michael installed upper and lower pulleys, a pulley tensioner, and a high-performance Sipples Speed and PerformanceMax Effort transmission with a billet e-drum.




But the journey didn't stop there. Michael knew that a true champion needed a reliable and efficient drivetrain, so he equipped his Charger with a DSS carbon fiber driveshaft, Demon springs, a Performance Development differential brace, and AAD adjustable control arms. He also upgraded the exhaust system with headers and a cat delete, improving the flow of exhaust and giving the car an aggressive sound.



To achieve optimal grip and stability on the track, Michael selected Race Star 4.5-inch skinnies and 10.5-inch rear wheels, wrapped in Mickey Thompson 315/50/17 drag radials and M&H skinnies. A engine diaper was added for extra protection and 3D Customs rear diffuser for improved aerodynamics.


Despite all these modifications, Michael kept the full stock interior, maintaining the Charger's original character while significantly boosting its performance. The result was a 4660-pound race weight, including the driver, and a long list of accolades:




  • 3-time MSHS 10.0 Series Champion (2019, 2021, 2022)

  • Tied in points in 2020 MSHS but lost tiebreaker

  • 2 wins and 4 runner-up finishes in Streetcar Takeover 2022

  • 1 win in NMCA 2022

  • 1 win in Monster Mopar Madness 2022

  • 1 win in Streetcar Braggin Rights 2022

  • Multiple wins in the NC 2021 and 2022 series, as well as Streetcar Shootout in Darlington

  • 1 King of the Hill win in MSHS




Michael England's 2016 Dodge Charger Hellcat is a testament to the power of dedication and the unwavering belief that anything is possible with the right upgrades and a strong support system. We're proud to have Michael as a part of the SDG Motorsports family and look forward to witnessing even more triumphs in the future.




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