The Dodge Challenger Hellcat has 707 horsepower and is the most powerful American muscle car. The Tesla Model S P85D is the icon of the plug-in car movement. Eventually the two would end up next to each other in a drag race. This is the great battle of old school vs. new.
Let’s start off with the Tesla Model S P85D. It features all-wheel drive and launches perfectly and runs a record-setting 11.68 at 114 MPH. This time makes the quickest and fastest production electric vehicle on the market. Even better is that it is a family sedan that can seat seven human people.
So the Challenger Hellcat loses… And really loses. But what does this show us? First off, the driver is horrible. He (or she) starts to jump early and then takes off late. They then spin the tires halfway down the strip. Obviously the driver is not doing the car justice. But another thing this race shows is how much easier it is to drive and launch the Model S compared to Hellcat. The Tesla monitors the wheels and the torque to provide perfect grip to the wheels while the Hellcat driver seemingly decided to turn the Launch Control option off (poor choice). In the P85D it is as simple as selecting the Insane setting and all that torque is instantly at your fingertips.
With that being said, if you give the Challenger Hellcat a better driver, it is supposed to run around a 11.3 second quarter mile. So on paper the Hellcat should have one, this race shows us that it is a lot harder to run that time in the Hellcat than in the P85D.
So what do you think? Which car would you prefer? Do you think you could have done a better job than either of these drivers?