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New records for two Hellcat Challengers

by Patrick Rall on

This past weekend, a pair of Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat owners set new records for the quickest quarter mile times – one with the 8-speed automatic transmission and the other with the 6-speed manual transmission.

For one driver, this weekend brought about a new personal best and a beating of his own record, while the other Hellcat owner jumped to the top of the “quickest” list on his first time out with his current mod list. By the end of the weekend of April 9-10, these guys both set new records for the quickest Hellcat Challengers in the world.

World’s Quickest Manual Hellcat



Sipple was the first manual transmission Hellcat Challenger which I saw break into the 10-second barrier and his previous best of 10.86 was the world record. This past weekend, he headed out to Darlington Dragway with a new tune from Mass Acceleration in Denver NC and a fresh 100-shot of nitrous oxide. His only other modifications which help the car get down the track faster are a cold air intake and drag radial tires.



On his first run of the day, he laid down a new record with a run of 10.71 at 131.62 miles per hour. He backed that up later in the day with a much quicker 10.6256 at 133.61 miles per hour. This is a Challenger with a 100-shot, a tune, a cold air intake and sticky tires running mid 10s with the manual transmission. The video below shows Sipple’s record run against a Pontiac Firebird.

The “bad news” for Sipple was that on his record runs, the clutch was slipping a bit, so he will be going to a new, stronger clutch – which should lead to even quicker ETs.

World’s Quickest Hellcat Challenger
While Jon Sipple was busy breaking his own record in South Carolina, Ricky Ellison and his Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat were at Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky with the Modern Street Hemi Shootout. Ellison had previously run in the low 10s with a few simple mods, but when he took to the track this past weekend, he had new mods and high hopes of turning some heads. He did just that, setting a new record for the world’s quickest Hellcat Challenger (both with the automatic transmission and overall), making a pair of 9.5 quarter mile runs.


Unlike a great many of the Hellcat cars setting records around the country, Ricky Ellison isn’t running any nitrous – instead turning to bigger boost to make record-setting power. Ellison’s Hemi has an upper and lower pulley swap, headers, full exhaust and larger fuel injectors, along with what is clearly a very good tune by Josh at High Horse Performance in Delaware. He has also fitted this Hellcat Challenger with a Driveshaft Shop aluminum driveshaft, lightweight front and rear Weld wheels and MT drag radials, but the car is otherwise stock…meaning that it weighs over 4,500lbs when it hits the track.


On his first run, Ellison pulled a 1.380 60 foot time en route to a 9.592 ET and a trap speed of 141.05 miles per hour – comfortably beating the old record of 9.77. On his second run, he backed up the record by going even quicker, laying down a 9.582 at 141.74 miles per hour. Even at the event plagued with rain, hail and cold temperatures, Ellison was able to set a smokin’ fast record for the world’s quickest Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

The video below shows Ricky Ellison’s 9.58 run.


By the way, Ricky Ellison has also owned and raced a Dodge Challenger SRT8 which was built by the Petty Garage. That car, shown below with The King, ran 8.50s – so Ellison isn’t likely to settle for 9.50s from his Hellcat.


Considering that we are so early in the 2016 drag racing season, we are likely to see more Hellcat record times as more tracks open around the country – and as more Hellcat owners acquire the power and the seat time needed to break into the 9-second range. At this point, the race among the automatic transmission cars is for the 8-second range, while Jon Sipple seems to be relatively unchallenged in controlling the record for the manual transmission Hellcat Challenger.




(Jon Sipple’s Challenger Images Courtesy of Britany Kahle/BJK Photography)

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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