(Video credit: VictoryRedColorado channel) – I can speak from personal experience on the difficult of getting a Challenger Hellcat moving with aggression from a standing start. There’s an insanely fine line between completely ripping the tires off the back of the car and bogging it out. The engine makes so much torque it can shred the rear tires at will in a couple of gears. Add in the fact that the car weighs about 4,500lbs, isn’t exactly optimized to transfer weight onto the back tires, and you have yourself a treacherous equation. That was during our testing of the car which happened on some closed roads in Mexico. Anyway, what you are going to see here is a person that is kind of lost in the woods with their Hellcat at the drag strip. Are we off base by saying that? Watch this video and then you can be the judge.
You’ll see the green Hellcat Challenger come through the water box, heat the tires and then approach the starting line. After staging, the driver puts the gas pedal on the deck, the engine goes up and sits on the limiter and he proceeds to step off the clutch. It actually gets worse from there. No, the car does not break anything but it also manages to turn a wildly impressive 18-second elapsed time after the driver tries to recover from the calamitous first three hundred feet of the launch.
Press play below and prepare to cringe!