#10rides: Meet the 1,050 horsepower GRIZZ
This is the second ever #10rides story, a new series highlighting some of the many cool cars and trucks touring around Fremont County. #10rides is presented by Bailey Tire and Auto Service.
Meet GRIZZ. GRIZZ is a 2008 Dodge Challenger that has been converted into a Superbird.
“We started the process when I decided that I wanted one of the new Challengers,” local Joel Highsmith says. “My goal was to make it something special and a car that could go over 200 MPH. With the support of my wife Kathy and my girls we started our experience. GRIZZ is a family project that we started in 2007 with the dream and have continued on to this day. We have built him up over the years as the funds would allow. This has been a labor of love for the Highsmith clan. I have had all of my daughters involved with the car as well as my wife, sisters, grand kids, nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as close friends, When we thought we had lost GRIZZ the family went into mourning. Even my wife cried (who sometimes thinks I spend too much money on GRIZZ). GRIZZ is truly a one of a kind animal. He is more than just a car, he is part of our life.”
GRIZZ, which is now a 1,050 horsepower beast, has attended events in California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Texas and Wyoming. It’s won fastest in class in multiple competitions, and after its most recent upgrades, GRIZZ his 230 mph on a Dyno (a machine built for measuring horsepower and speed).
The initial work was done by PPP, followed by the Superbird conversion and performance upgrade at HPP in Detroit, and Mr. Norms in Chicago. GRIZZ was the first race version of the Superbird conversion.
“We continued with the races and car shows though the years, as we continued to upgrade GRIZZ,” Highsmith said. “We started a relationship with Spankin Times Performance of San Bernardino, California, in 2012 to increase the performance of GRIZZ. STM is one of the top (if not the best) shops in the country for modern Mopars. We have pushed the mechanical limits of GRIZZ and with the custom 413 CI engine built by Adam Montague now GRIZZ has over 1050 RWHP and have spun the Drums at 230 MPH on the dyno. We now hold the World Speed Record for GEN 3 Hemi. My daughter Samantha Highsmith was driving GRIZZ as he went down the track 212.7 MPH.”