This Is A Beast Of A Machine,1,036bhp Carbon-Bodied Javelin AMX
Jim and Mike Ring, co-founders of Ringbrothers, head up the Wisconsin-based firm famed for putting silly power and carbon fiber bodies on America’s finest muscle cars of old. And other oddities like 900bhp Winnebagos. When they sourced this Javelin (once a regular at the petrol station their father ran in Plain, Wisconsin, but hadn’t hit the road since 1977) they were greeted with a time capsule of Seventies nostalgia. They could have simply reconditioned it. They didn’t.
The Defiant features a custom front-end utilizing all new 3D-printed carbon-fiber panels forward of the A-pillar, while the wheelbase has been stretched by moving the front wheels forward six and a half inches. Certainly gives those distinctive front arches a more modern look and set of proportions to please our 21st-century widescreen eyes. In fact, most of the body is made of carbon, there’s a custom suspension setup, new ‘Cuda inspired gills and bumper, Baer brakes, steel side-exit exhausts and proper wheels and tires. Then you get to the engine.
Under the carbon fiber bonnet is one of our favorites, the 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi from the Dodge Hellcat. Ordinarily producing a terrifying 707bhp as ‘standard’, the Mike and Jim swapped out the stock supercharger for a 4.5-litre Whipple unit good enough to juice the Hellcat motor up to four figures. To be more specific, 1,036 horsepower. All fed through a Bowler automatic transmission and carbon fiber driveshaft that feeds the insane amount of power to the wheels.