The Mopar Mile High Nationals is one of the best known, best attended, and most fun events on the NHRA national event trail. Mopar is heavily involved with the production of the deal and hosts big pre-race parties, has a huge presence at the track, and generally comes up with some neat promotional ideas to make the whole experience better and more fun for fans. This year they decided to pit a band new Hellcat powered Challenger against a real-deal 1971 Hemi Challenger. This was obviously done as an illustration of how powerful the new car is even in the face of what many consider to be the most mighty engine of the muscle car era, the 426 Hemi.
The density altitude at Bandimere on a great day is 5,000ft. It was over 9,000ft when this run was made. Even in that choking air, the car went low 12s and over 110mph on street tires. Trust me when I say that I am not writing this to defend Mopar, Chrysler, cheer on the Hellcat, or because of some other obligation. I am writing it because the collective stupidity of the internet finally got to me on a level that I felt warranted a response. See, every dink keyboard commando has been talking about how Chrysler “lied” about the performance numbers and how the earlier videos of the car running bottom 11s and high 10s were faked. None of them have an effing clue as to what happens when you take a car from sea level to the literal top of a mountain and it is annoying as hell.
Earlier in the weekend, the Hellcat car was run against the Challenger with the clocks off. Initially I thought that was a lame move and then after thinking about it, I thought it was smart because the response would be negative when the car was shown going slower than it had previously. Well, they decided to turn the clocks back on and the result is what you see below. The car is insanely fast for something you can simply plunk down money for and drive off the lot. The thing weighs like 4,000lbs and in 9,000 feet of air on street tires it nearly hits the 11s and is a shade less than 120mph. I’d post some of the idiotic crap that I’ve been reading but you already know what it sounds like. People without a clue that want to yell about how one brand sucks and the other is better for no reason. If you read enough of it, your brains will leak out of your ear.
Maybe someone who was around during the muscle car era could answer a question. Was it like this back then? If Pontiac had run the 1964 GTO at sea level and then run it on top of an effing mountain a couple of weeks later would people have known why it went slower? Are we collectively that much dumber? Annoying!
PRESS PLAY BELOW TO SEE THE HELLCAT RUN AT BANDIMERE DURING THE NHRA MOPAR MILE HIGH NATIONALS –