Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Runs 10s First Time Out

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  1. DrumsOfGrohl

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    This past weekend, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat owner Ricci Cavallaro took his stock Mopar muscle car to Pittsburgh Raceway Park for the first time and with nothing more than Nitto NT05 tires, his first run down the track was an incredible 10.97 at 129 miles per hour – followed by two more runs in the 10 second range.

    As the warm weather spreads around the United States, more drag strips are opening and one of those tracks is Pittsburgh Raceway Park (PRP) in Pennsylvania. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat owner and long-time Mopar fan Ricci Cavallaro took his new supercharged muscle car to PRP this past weekend and with excellent weather conditions and a well-prepped track, Cavallaro was able to get down the track in the 10-second range on his first ever attempt.


    Now, it should be noted that Ricci Cavallaro is not a professional driver, but he is a very experienced drag racer, having spent 18 years racing his 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, which ran in the low 10 second range. It should also be noted that the management team at Pittsburgh Raceway Park pride themselves in the quality of the launch area. I grew up racing at PRP and I’ve made around a thousand passes down this track, so I can state without doubt that the starting line is as well-prepped as any in the country.

    In other words, we have a very good driver, a very good track surface and very good weather conditions, allowing this 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat to get into the high 10s on Cavallaro’s first run down the track.

    The Details on Cavallaro’s Challenger
    Ricci Cavallaro’s 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the gorgeous black beast shown above with reflective metallic decals that almost disappear in dim light. When he took his 707hp Mopar to the track last weekend, the only modification was that he had removed the stock wheels and tires, replacing them with a set of Nitto NT05 tires measuring 305/45/r18 on 18 inch Bravado Tribute wheels. Everything else about the car is as stock as it was when it came off of the assembly line.

    On his first ever pass down the track in the 2015 Hellcat Challenger Cavallaro pulled a 1.67 60 foot time and ran a stunning 10.97 at 129.05 miles per hour. The video below shows that first run as he stomps a stock looking Jeep Grand Cherokee. On this run, the Hellcat Challenger pulled an awesome 3 second flat 0-60 and 7 seconds to get to 100.


    On the second run, Cavallaro took to the track in an effort to improve on his first run and this time, Ricci got off of the line even quicker – pulling a 1.63 60 foot time and stopping the timer at the big end at 10.93 seconds. The trap speed dipped to 127, but this was his quickest ET of the day. The video below shows run #2.


    Technical issues prevented a third video, but Cavallaro finished up with another 10.97, that time with a trap speed of 129.65 miles per hour.

    Real World 10s
    The bottom line here is that with good air, a good driver and a good set of tires – the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat is capable of repeated 10 second quarter mile times, as proven by experienced sportsman racer Ricci Cavallaro.

    Best of all, while speaking with Cavallaro about his 10 second runs, he explained that he believes that there is plenty more left in the car. He plans to make more trips to the track, making adjustments in the different suspension settings and shift points with the hopes of putting his 707hp Mopar muscle car even further into the 10s. In the meanwhile congrats on proving that the new Hellcat Challenger is far more than just media fluff, as this is proof that the new Dodge coupe can back up its impressive claims in the real world.

    Source: Pittsburgh-Area Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Runs 10s First Time Out - Torque News
     
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    Congratulations Ricci !! Great post !!
     
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    Effing awesome!
     
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    129.05 mph on the first run is the fastest trap speed that immediately comes to mind. I'm excluding the 10.4 Texas pass where nitrous is suspected. Does anyone recall a faster trap speed than 129 mph with just DRs?
     
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    No, that's why it's in question as it doesn't add up, 127 would fit given the track and conditions.....
     
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    It ran a 127.83 mph on the 10.93 run. So he lost a whopping 1.22 mph from the 10.97 run. Are you saying the 129mph trap speed seems fishy? If so your even more cynical than I thought. LOL.
     
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    Well if it looks like a fish and smells like one,;)
    TC
     
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    You think he's lying?
     
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    Good grief people. Quit questioning these forums so damned much. There not your lying politicians there HELLCAT brothers & sisters.
     
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    TC is just mad cause he didn't trap higher than 126 in his hellcat so to him it can't be done in any other hellcat. Anyone who does has to be up to something..........at least that's what it seems like to me based on all his banter. Then again at least he has a Hellcat! LoL
     
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    Congrats on the runs and it was great to hear the kids excitement! Enjoy!
     
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    I didn't know this was on here but the first and third run were 129+ mph and both in left lane. 127+ was in right. Maybe that had something to do with it? All the times and speeds are on video! Go to my you tube channel under my name and watch them. I was a little surprised at the speed myself but I don't know how you cheat the timer at the track? I will be back soon and go to different tracks so I will post the results. After I replace the driveshaft as I'm not waiting for it to break!
     
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    I took my cat to the track and posted the results and Videos in support. That's it! When I take it again I will post results again, slower or faster.
     
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    congrats and thanks for the info... getting mine ready for track... getting 305 nittos...
    I was told I could get those on the stock 9.5s without a problem ... I see you went 18 in Bravados... 18 in nittos... 45 diam ... (How wide are the Bravado Tributes?)
    What psi did you use? Just looking for the best ideas to launch!
     

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