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Hellcat Charger runs 9-second quarter

by Patrick Rall on

The first 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat broke into the 9-second quarter mile range back in September, with the aid of nitrous oxide. This weekend, the first Hellcat Charger ran a nine-second time — without nitrous oxide.

hellcat charger 9s

The Hellcat Charger was modified by High Horse Performance, which was behind the Hellcat Challenger that was the first to run in the 9.7 range back in September.

This time, they added an upper and lower pulley set to lift the boost pressure to 18psi, a free flowing exhaust system without catalytic converters, and an engine tune to pump out 902 horsepower and 866 lb-ft of torque.

To put the power to the ground, they used a tough Driveshaft Shop driveshaft, 3.09 rear gears, and lightweight rear wheels  in drag radials.

The video shows the Hellcat Charger making three runs. It starts with the first Hellcat Charger 9-second quarter mile time, and ends with a new record for the quickest Hellcat Charger in the world, with an ET of 9.71.  That’s just 0.01 seconds off the fastest Hellcat quarter-mile — which used nitrous oxide.

971 hellcat charger

The supercharged Dodge Challengers and Chargers are facing a problem for the next racing season, though. Typically, any car running in the 10 second range had to be fitted with a safety cage to protect the driver. With the Hellcat cars dipping into the 10s, some tracks have been lenient on the cage rules, but with these cars dipping into the mid 9s, they will likely change the rules soon.

The safety cage adds weight, so to get deep into the 9s, these teams will likely need to add more performance modifications to get to the same place; cage or roll bars can also be unappealing for folks who use their Hellcat cars for daily drivers.

The video shows Linda’s Hellcat Charger blasting down the quarter mile and setting records in the process. The Allpar Forum has more discussion on these stunning quarter mile rips.


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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