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First stock Hellcat breaks into the 8s

by Patrick Rall on

We knew that it was coming, but the first eight-second quarter mile time for a Hellcat-powered car has come, with the Epling Garage Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat running a  8.91 quarter mile earlier this week. This makes the Epling Challenger the quickest Hellcat car in the world, but more importantly, the barrier to eight seconds has been broken.

If the Epling Garage Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat sounds familiar, that is because this Challenger has held the title as the world’s quickest Hellcat car since Jason Epling ran a 9.06 during a Modern Street Hemi Shootout event, earlier this year. With some tweaks, the Epling Challenger was able to get even quicker, becoming the first eight-second Hellcat car in the world while also crushing their previous record.

The most impressive aspect of this Mopar muscle car is that the Hellcat Hemi engine under the hood is mainly stock. This car is running more boost, thanks to a smaller supercharger pulley, and it has a beefed-up fuel system along with a nitrous setup, all brought together with a Q16 race gas tune from Josh at High Horse Performance.

Next, the Epling Garage Hellcat Challenger has a Liberty racing manual transmission with a Liberty shifter and a pro stock style clutch, which funnels the power along a one-piece driveshaft and through a 9” DriveShaft Shop rear differential. After a small brake conversion, the Eplings added small front wheels with skinny tires and 15” rear wheels and Hoosier slicks.

Finally, the interior has been lightened up, removing things such as the passenger’s seat and the rear seat assembly, but this car still likely weighs at least 4,000 lbs. Yet, with an engine which has not been opened up since leaving the factory, this car runs high 8s.

After running 9.06 at 154 miles per hour earlier this year, the Epling Garage Dodge Challenger reset the record with an 8.91 at 156 miles per hour and both of those numbers are unrivaled by any Hellcat-powered car in the world. For those wondering, since running the 9.06, the only changes to this Challenger are a two-step ignition for a stronger launch and a new tune from Josh at HHP, along with more seat time for the guys piloting this Mopar monster down the quarter mile.

Check out the video below and make sure that your speakers are cranked up, so that you can get the full force of the world’s quickest Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Images courtesy of Leon Epling

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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