The Hellcat Challenger has been featured in countless drag racing videos and more times than not it comes down to the driver as to whether the car wins or not. With 707 hp and rear wheel drive the launch is absolutely crucial. Spinning the tires means you are not moving forward, therefore you have already lost the race. Maybe unless you are in a burnout or drifting competition. But in a drag race other than the burnout to warm up the tires before the race, spinning tires is a bad thing.
Its fairly typical drag race video, an open stretch of tarmac, three drivers, and three bad ass vehicles. The Nissan GTR, otherwise known as the “super car killer and Godzilla”, is one of the baddest production cars in a drag race that you can buy. In this video is the 2015 version which sports the 3.8L twin turbo V6 pushing out roughly 542hp and 465lb-ft of torque. With that much power combined and a very sophisticated launch control system and maybe most importantly all-wheel drive, the GTR is able to sprint from 0-60 in a claimed 2.7 in the video but all other listings show 2.9-3.3. So we are talking about a seriously quick car and very rarely is there a car that can beat the GTR in drag race.
Enter the Porsche 911 Turbo S which also has a very sophisticated all wheel drive and launch control systems, as well as a 3.8L twin turbo six-cylinder engine similar to the GTR. Only the Porsche has a flat-six configuration versus the V6 in the GTR. Power on the Turbo S is 552hp and 516lb-ft of torque and a claimed 0-60 of 3.1 seconds but as you will see in the video Porsche must have sandbagged that number.
But now I finally get to the real reason why I’m posting this video, the Hellcat. With a supercharged 6.2l HEMI V8 producing 707Hp and 650lb-ft of torque it is by far the most powerful car of the group. Its one of the most powerful muscle cars ever made actually. Being that it is an American muscle car, its designed to go in a straight line right? So this should be the Hellcat’s element, at least you would think. The biggest problem with this car in drag races is getting that power to the ground. It does supposedly have launch control but its nothing even close to the sophisticated systems in both the GTR and the 911 Turbo S. Plus it doesn’t have the all wheel drive traction both the other cars have.
But what drove me crazy about this drag race without spoiling the ending to bad, was the driver of the Hellcat. If you notice right as they start counting down from three to start the race, the driver of the Hellcat starts power braking so that the back tires are spinning before the race ever starts! So when it does start, both other cars were almost a full car length ahead before the Hellcat moved an inch. Granted the other cars will take off a lot harder than the Hellcat because they have all-wheel drive, but there is no way the Hellcat is that bad off the line. I have seen videos of the Hellcat almost beating the Tesla P85D with its instant torque and insane mode. Not sure why this jumped out at me so much, i’m not really a fan of the Hellcat. If I had my choice id take the Porsche 10 out of 10 times, well 9 out of 10, that GTR is pretty sweet.
You be the judge, was there foul play with the launch of this Hellcat? Or do you think its really that bad off the start?
Here is a Hellcat racing a 911 Turbo, didn’t win but it wasn’t an embarrassment like in other videos.
Same with this race against a GTR