I’ve seen a lot of cars make appearances in Jay Leno’s Garage. I’ve seen a restored 1942 Dodge Power Wagon, a 1990 Lamborghini LM002, a 1974 Datson Sunny 1200 UTE, and a 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus. As unique as all those cars are, I don’t think they’re as unique as the latest piece of machinery found in Jay Leno’s garage.
This is a 1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum and it’s mental beyond reproach. To be clear, there’s no such thing as a Charger Tantrum model. That “Tantrum” comes by way of SpeedKore Performance, a Wisconsin-based aftermarket company that built this 1970 Charger up to such insane levels it earned the nickname “Tantrum.”
It still looks like a 1970 Charger, but SpeedKore Performance designer Sean Smith admitted that there were a few functional changes made to make it look the way it does. For instance, there’s a generous amount of carbon fiber in the body of the car, including the hood, front bumper, and fenders. The interior also gets a generous amount of the lightweight material. Speaking of the cabin, a nice hat tip is in order for that pistol-grip shifter. That’s a swell way to keep the spirit of the Charger alive.
The powertrain is where the real magic lies. According to engine builder Dave Salvaggio, the Tantrum doesn’t have a Chrysler engine, which begs the question, “well, what does it have under that lightweight carbon fiber hood?”
If you want to know the answer, you’re going to have to watch the episode. Here’s a hint: ever heard of Mercury Marine?