Drag Race of the Day: Tesla Model S P85D v. Challenger Hellcat

From DragTimes.com, and the Car and Driver blog, “Deetroit Iron” meets “California Cool.”

In the near lane, you have a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, a 707-horse dream machine seemingly built as the vehicular embodiment of “AMERICA, F**K YEAH”—a retro-styled ICBM on wheels, one that Dodge says will do the quarter-mile in 11.2 at 125 on street tires.


In the far lane sits the Tesla Model S P85D, a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive sport sedan that turns battery output into electric power to the tune of 691 horses. Thanks to making essentially full torque at zero rpm, the party trick of every electric motor, Tesla says the silent screamer will mop the floor with stuff as burly as the Porsche Panamera Turbo S. There’s only one way to settle such matters.


Now the Hellcat driver doesn’t get a good start. Probably because he was too busy burning rubber, grandstanding and giggling about taking on the newest mascot for tree huggers.  He also couldn’t handle his vehicle.  As you’ll see it didn’t end well for the Hellcat driver. From the article:

On its face, drag racing seems astoundingly simple: aim the steering wheel and mash throttle, right? But it’s a driving activity defined by don’ts—don’t go sideways, don’t lift, don’t sacrifice thrust to wheelspin. It’s also a game of nuance, an outwardly violent assault on aerodynamics and momentum that rewards driver finesse and restraint. And that goes double when you’re strapped into a 707-hp, lime-green burnout machine lined up against an all-wheel-drive future-tech rocket full of computers dedicated to the task of maintaining traction.


Poor Hellcat driver.  As of this writing, 435,915 people have witnessed his inability to drive. What really doesn’t help poor sap is that on this particular run, Tesla established a new record for the standing 1/4 mile, 114 mph in 11.6 seconds.

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