• Nov 10, 2009
Jay Leno and the 1970 Hotchkis E-Max Challenger - Click above to watch video after the jump

Well, well, well -- look who's jumping on our Hotchkis bandwagon. It's none other than Jay Leno behind the wheel of the 1970 Hotchkis E-Max Challenger! What a wonderful beast of an automobile.

To refresh your memory a bit, the suspension gurus at Hotchkis wanted to build a classic muscle car that not only looked and sounded the part, but that handled like a modern performance car. In fact, they wanted to take things a step further, so they went and built an auto-crosser. To quote ourselves, "Tooling around the 'hood a bit I'm slightly amazed at how much the bright yellow Dodge feels like a go kart. A gigantic go kart, but a go kart nonetheless."

And guess what? Jay feels the same way. Well, not quite the same, as he compares the handling to a Lamborghini. We're not prepared to go quite so far, but there is no question that as far as 1970 Mopars go, this is the best handling one out there, period. One thing Jay does that we didn't get to do is place the E-Max on a lift and get a guided tour of all the fancy-pants suspension components from none other than John Hotchkis himself. They examine the poly-bushings, the shiny tie-rods and the elegant A-arms that make up the E-Max's sophisticated front end, as well as the less-than-modern (but still nifty) solid-axle leaf-sprung rear. Then they venture out into the streets of Burbank for a little hoonage, including a smoky burnout. Watch the video, after the jump.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I really love Jay Leno, but he barely spent any time talking about the car. WHY?!!?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you see this?
        http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/23/review-1970-hotchkis-e-max-dodge-challenger-causes-smiles-lasti/
        I wasn't kidding, the car is nothing special, especially by today's standards where every Tom, Dick and Harry are doing much the same mods to their cars. Personally, I can't believe Jay wasted his time (and ours) with a story on this car.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Oooohhhhh. How silly of me to expect to learn about the car.

        I must admit that it was truly eye-opening to learn that rubber deteriorates and that a 70s muscle car DOESN'T handle like a modern car. Whodathunkit?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Because there's nothing terribly special about it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the guy but it's always funny to hear guys that are only fairly well versed on a subject, talk like they're experts. It must drive his guests (many of whom ARE experts) crazy at times. Damn shame the burnout sounded so bad. Either the tune is off, or it's banging up against the rev-limiter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Only one comment that isn't about his appearance. Wow!

      I'm over my American muscle phase but if someone wanted to give me this Challenger I'd be all over it. Poor handling and braking were always these boats weak points but this is bad ass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jay and Clarkson are two of the most entertaining car reviewers around
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really DO love Jay too. Not because I think he'd be a great host for a show geared for automotive enthusiasts though. Personally, I think he comes off as a little uncomfortable in most of these videos. You want to see him at his best, look at him doing a video about how unique and interesting machines work. How they were envisioned, designed and built. THAT seems to be his true love, and it shows via his on-camera comfort and enthusiasm. He also seems to be as little more knowledgeable about them as well.
        Yes, he's a car guy but I don't think he's the kind of car guy you think he is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how he said "These cars are never done." So true. There is always a new idea, a new part, etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know everyone loves Jay L but is it me or does he wear the same clothes ALL THE TIME!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's his work/garage clothes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Canadian Tuxedo!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm guessing he's going by the idea of wearing the same sort of clothes all the time so he doesn't have to bother with picking them out. Einstein did this, Dean Kamen does it. I think it's sort of refreshing for someone in his position in the entertainment industry to not give a damn about what he wears, especially when he's doing what he loves.

        That, and he can use the money he saves for more cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        poor guy spends so much on cars he doesn't have any money for clothes. :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        Took the words right out of my mouth.
        I clicked on here to say the same thing.
        What is with people like him, Simon Cowell and Johnny Cash.
        You have money, buy some other clothes. lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doood

      What's up with the hair? Put on some presentable close for crying out loud. Oh wait, maybe this his way of secretly promoting his "real men" clothing line and designs.
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