Gallery: Finale Speed Carbon Fiber 1970 Dodge Charger Revealed at Barrett-Jackson


Finale Speed unveiled its 1970 carbon fiber Dodge Charger at the 2022 SEMA show. The Charger was introduced at the event by Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Kuniskis. The fanfare surrounding the announcement and unveiling was electric, and the carbon fiber Charger did not disappoint. Mopar Connection Magazine provided the finer points about Finale Speed’s Direct Connection licensed carbon fiber 1970 Charger in January 2023.

Finale Speed offers complete resto-mod builds as well as carbon fiber bodies and parts. It develops and creates unique products that engage a larger audience.

For the SEMA show, JD Rudisill, owner of Finale Speed, and his team of expert craftsmen had completed a rolling chassis. As a result, the Charger displayed well, but it did not have a completed drivetrain or all the chassis components. However, in April 2023, the crew showed a completed version of the Charger at the West Palm Beach Barrett-Jackson event.

The Charger required 3500 build hours to complete, and the combination of modern technology and old-school muscle car is flawless. Moreover, the Charger provides the muscle car era appearance with contemporary creature comforts vehicle occupants have come to expect. Yet, even with all the stylish amenities, the go-fast parts exceed the wildest dreams of the Chrysler engineers of the 1970s. Features of the Charger include:

Exposed-weave prepreg carbon-fiber body

6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat crate engine producing 707 horsepower coupled to a TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential

Custom-built perimeter chassis, including Detroit Speed front and rear subframes

Detroit Speed front sway bar and JRi coil overs

9-inch rear end with 3.70:1 gears and a positraction differential

Wilwood six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers with 14-inch slotted, cross-drilled rotors

Continental ExtremeContact Sport Z-rated tires, 225/40R18 front, and 315/30R18 rear

Forgeline three-piece 18×8-inch front and 18×11-inch rear wheels

Flush-mounted front and rear glass

Alcantara-wrapped door panels, console, and headliner

Leather-wrapped aluminum steering wheel

RECARO leather seats incorporating custom stitching and five-point seatbelts

Dynamat sound-deadening installation

JVC audio and navigation system, Focal speakers and 600-watt subwoofer, and a Mosconi five-channel amplifier

In May 2023, Mopar Connection Magazine covered the Finale Speed announcement of an exclusive partnership with distinguished chassis builder Roadster Shop. The partnership began immediately.

The Mundelein, Illinois-based Roadster Shop has been an industry-leading organization for over 25 years, focusing on chassis fabrication and complete street rod and muscle car builds. The Roadster Shop is renowned for engineering, in-house design, and prototyping. In addition, it has the manufacturing capabilities to produce chassis and suspension components that outpace the competition with “real world,” on-track performance to back up the claims.

Roadster Shop believes in establishing itself in design and performance, creating industry trends instead of following or reacting to them. Showing restraint where necessary yet fully able to push the limits of a concept.

The combination of the two companies should expand the reach of both businesses while complimenting the finer points of both. The newest carbon fiber Chargers will have increased handling and ride quality, and as technical advancements occur, the two companies can quickly implement them into the Chargers.

For more information about both companies, check out the websites of Finale Speed and Roadster Shop or contact each company’s helpful representatives.

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Chris Holley

Technical Contributor Chris has been a college professor for 25 years; at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. for the last 20 years. Chris instructs automotive classes in HVAC, electrical/electronics, and high-performance, including using a chassis dyno, flow benches, and various machining equipment. Recently, he added a vintage vehicle upholstery class to his teaching assignments. Chris owns a '67 Dart, a '75 Dart, a '06 Charger, and a '12 Cummins turbo diesel Ram, and he is a multi-time track champion (drag racing) with his '69 340 Dart, which he has owned for 34 years.

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