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10.71-Second Hellcat: 25 mpg Over 350 Miles

by Patrick Rall on

Ricci Cavallaro, who has been setting some record times for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat on the quarter mile, recently drove his 707 horsepower Mopar muscle car from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the Virginia International Raceway for the Modern Street Hemi Shootout. Almost as impressive as his class trophies, including the King of the Hill championship, was his car’s averaging 24.9 miles per gallon on the trip to and from Virginia.

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Last year, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s fuel economy figures were announced, and Dodge was proud that their full-sized 707 horsepower muscle car could boast 22 mpg on the highway. At the time, many were quick to insist that no Hellcat Challenger in the real world would get anywhere near 22 miles per gallon, and sure enough, when Ricci Cavallaro made the 350 mile trip from Pittsburgh to Virginia International Raceway, he didn’t get 22 mpg – he got much more.

This is a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with no modifications except for a stronger driveshaft.  The car ran 10.70s at Pittsburgh Raceway Park, and while it didn’t have the drag radial tires for the drive from Pennsylvania to Virginia, it was otherwise unchanged.

He also had the drag radials (on race wheels), a jack, tools, a passenger, and suitcases for the trip in the back of the car, so no weight was trimmed to get 24.9mpg on the long drive. All of that extra weight and the 10 second muscle car still gets within a stiff breeze of 25 miles per gallon.

Coming up next: Ricci Cavallaro’s latest racing results

 

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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