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Hellcat Challenger Crushes Tesla in Rematch

by Patrick Rall on

Back in January, the Mopar community and muscle cars as a whole were objects of ridicule when a Tesla Model S P85D easily beat a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat on a drag strip. When the P85D, the world’s best performing electric vehicle, was able to beat down the most powerful muscle car of all time, the EV community insisted that the best performing EV was better than the best performing muscle car. Stories of this stunning beat-down were on the main page of many automotive-news websites around the world.

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The reality of the situation was that the Tesla Model S P85D didn’t beat the Hellcat Challenger; the Tesla driver beat the terrible driver of the 707 horsepower Mopar muscle car. Fortunately, the Dodge driver spent weeks practicing at the track. He learned how to launch his supercharger 2015 Dodge Challenger in stock form, and when the stock tires quickly wore out, he invested in a better set of tires to help make the most of that power. The result was a competent driver in the most powerful muscle car ever, leading to quarter mile times well into the 10 second range.

The Hellcat Challenger which had embarrassed the community was ready for a rematch and the Tesla Model S P85D owner obliged, heading back to the drag strip to see which high performance and high profile performance car was the quicker down the quarter mile. This time, the results weren’t so surprising, as the Hellcat Challenger handed the electric luxury sedan a proper beating.

When the race began, a quicker reaction time, the all wheel drive, and instant torque got the Tesla a short early lead, but the driver of the Hellcat Challenger got out almost as well. In fact, the Dodge pulled the better 60 foot time, getting to the first beam in 1.70 seconds while the Tesla took 1.77 seconds. As the two made their way down the track, the Challenger caught and passed the Model S, getting to the finish line almost a second quicker than the EV super-sedan.

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In the end, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with street legal drag radial tires ran an 11.08 at 125 miles per hour while the Tesla ran an 11.92 at 112 miles per hour. This run for the EV was a couple of tenths off of its previous best time, but even a new record-setting 11.50 run wouldn’t have been enough to beat the 11.0 run of the Hellcat Challenger.

This seems like the end of the story, since there isn’t a huge performance aftermarket for the Tesla, but internet rumors suggest that the Model S P85D owner is working on making the car even quicker off of the line and should he be successful, we could see another rematch. Shy of the better tires, the Challenger is running in the 10s stock, while the Tesla will need aftermarket modifications to get near that time, but it is still mighty impressive for an electric sedan.

It just isn’t as impressive in the performance world as the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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