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Cavallaro’s Hellcat Dominated Hemi Shootout

by Patrick Rall on

Ricci Cavallaro’s personal record time of 10.71 seconds in his Hellcat Challenger is the quickest confirmed stock engine time we’ve seen for the world’s most powerful stock muscle car. He recently made the trip to Virginia Motorsports Park to take part in the Modern Street Hemi Shootout and, not surprisingly, his Hellcat was the quickest in attendance.

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There are rumors and even some videos showing Hellcat Challengers running quicker quarter mile times, but the details on those cars are sparse, and many may have tuned up the engine a bit. Ricci Cavallaro’s Hellcat engine is factory stock, with only a stronger driveshaft and drag radial tires making his Challenger any different than the cars being shipped to dealerships.

Unlike some other modern high performance cars that can’t handle repeated runs when the weather is hot, Mr. Cavallaro acquired all 18 of the time slips shown above on a day where both the temperature and humidity were very high. The Hellcat Challenger never missed a beat.

Even though Mr. Cavallaro was running stock power, he won the MSHS Hellcat Shootout and the award for the quickest Hellcat times at the event. Next, he took the title in the Pentastar bracket class and after that, he went onto the King of the Hill class, where the winners of every class went head to head to crown the overall champion. Ricci Cavallaro and his trusty Hellcat Challenger claimed that overall title. His times weren’t as quick as in Pittsburgh, but the Hemi Shootout was run on a hot, humid day where the air was less than ideal for racing. The video below shows the King of the Hill final, where Mr. Cavallaro took down a wicked fast Dodge Magnum.

Right now, Ricci Cavallaro and his 2015 Challenger are the class of the Hellcat racing world, and the duo proved that at the Modern Street Hemi Shootout. Not only has Mr. Cavallaro continued to show off just how brutally quick the Hellcat Challenger is, but he has also shown that it can serve as an efficient cruise on a long highway drive.

Image courtesy of Mark Hart via the Modern Street Hemi Shootout

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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