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    'Hellcat.'

    My guess is that if you're Dodge, you put together a long list of names for the guys in legal affairs, and then they come back and tell you that all of them have been taken, and you try some more, and finally you end up at... 'Hellcat.'

    A cat who lives in hell? A cat who scurried through an open door and escaped from hell? Or maybe hell is just full of cats?


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    Regarding car names, did you know that one of the names originally considered for the Pontiac Firebird was "Banshee"? That name was shelved after someone pointed out that a banshee is a "bird from hell".

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    It is actually named after the legendary F6F "Hellcat" WWII fighter airplane that played a big role in defeating the japaneese fleet in the Pacific.The Helcat had a monstrous radial engine that was also used to power a combat tank,dont remember the exact model.It was producing more than 2000 hp in it's final verisons.I have no idea what might be the connection between Dodge,Grumman or Pratt&Whitney,but cheap tricks with creating non-existing connection to a legendary symbol does not seem inappropriate nowadays

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Se7en View Post
    I'm waiting for the Z/28 vs Hellcat track test.
    I'm waiting for the YT video of one stuffing itself into a hay bale by a driver that assumes it's OK turn the TC off and punch it in 3rd gear while still turning
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    Quote Originally Posted by bawareca View Post
    It is actually named after the legendary F6F "Hellcat" WWII fighter airplane that played a big role in defeating the japaneese fleet in the Pacific.The Helcat had a monstrous radial engine that was also used to power a combat tank,dont remember the exact model.It was producing more than 2000 hp in it's final verisons.I have no idea what might be the connection between Dodge,Grumman or Pratt&Whitney,but cheap tricks with creating non-existing connection to a legendary symbol does not seem inappropriate nowadays
    Maybe it was borrowed from the Buick Hellcat, also of WW2 fame:
    1944 Buick M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Olsen View Post
    'Hellcat.'

    My guess is that if you're Dodge, you put together a long list of names for the guys in legal affairs, and then they come back and tell you that all of them have been taken, and you try some more, and finally you end up at... 'Hellcat.'

    A cat who lives in hell? A cat who scurried through an open door and escaped from hell? Or maybe hell is just full of cats?

    I think you might have just found the mopar version of the flaming chicken

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeColangelo View Post
    Maybe it was borrowed from the Buick Hellcat, also of WW2 fame:
    1944 Buick M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer
    So Dodge borrowed a name from a Buick
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    Quote Originally Posted by emilio700 View Post
    I'm waiting for the YT video of one stuffing itself into a hay bale by a driver that assumes it's OK turn the TC off and punch it in *5th* gear while still turning
    Fixed for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeColangelo View Post
    Maybe it was borrowed from the Buick Hellcat, also of WW2 fame:
    1944 Buick M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer

    The highest-horsepower factory American muscle car ever ... inspired by a tank. How fitting.

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    Well... looks like it CAN make it around a track.
    And survive in one piece.


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    Well... looks like it CAN make it around a track.
    Just barely. You can just feel how heavy that thing is, as the driver coasts through the corners . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by bawareca View Post
    cheap tricks with creating non-existing connection to a legendary symbol does not seem inappropriate nowadays
    Ford P-51 Mustang...

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    I was pretty happy when my old Miata made 145whp on the dyno
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    I was pretty happy when my old Miata made 145whp on the dyno
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