Hellcat Wins 6 Out Of 6 Against Tesla S P85D In Las Vegas

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  1. MoparPhil

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    Our Mopar club in Utah makes Mopars At The Strip an annual "do-not-miss" event. The organizers found out that my good buddy and partner, Dave, has both a Hellcat and a Tesla S P85D. Because of the viral video showing a Hellcat going up in smoke against a Tesla, they asked him to bring both cars to the event and stage a rematch. Dave loves both cars and I must say that the Tesla is pretty impressive! I have driven it and it is a surreal experience to have so much torque and acceleration with no noise. It's truly amazing! I am seriously considering the SUV when it comes out. Of course Dave agreed to bring both cars. He and his son drove them down to Las Vegas from Lindon, Utah. By the way, according to his EVIC, which we haven't verified for accuracy yet, the Hellcat got over 25 mpg in Eco mode.

    When Dodge found out what the organizers had in mind they sent a team out to shoot the "grudge match" and interview Dave. Both Dave and his son are good drivers and cut consistently good lights. They made 6 passes over the course of two days. There was absolutely no sandbagging. Both cars were run as hard and fast as they could go. At 2,200 ft above sea level in 90 plus temps the Hellcat ranged from a 11.40 something on through to a best 10.95 at 125 mph on drag radials with 91 octane pump gas. The Tesla was extremely consistent and ran in 11.9s every time. They were often neck and neck to half track and then the Hellcat would walk away. The Tesla is fast and deadly in an 1/8th mile. However, the Hellcat dominated every pass in the 1/4 mile. Dodge got great footage and will be posting it on You Tube soon. They showed us a rough cut and it's pretty cool. The upcoming footage will definitely be a more accurate portrayal of reality than the old viral clip. Here are some photos I have of an 11.32 run. IMG_8111.JPG IMG_8121.JPG IMG_8146.JPG IMG_8149.JPG IMG_8182.JPG

    Props to both Dodge and Tesla for building some amazing vehicles. Tesla has built a game changer that will alter history. They have put in the infrastructure to make this car practical and last a long time. It's solid, luxurious, and cutting edge. Also, the Tesla is unaffected by altitude and heat like an internal combustion car is and ran the same fast number everytime. It runs in the 11s! That's a fast street car! And, the Hellcat is a car that you can comfortably drive 350 miles across country, swap out tires, go run in the 10s, swap back the tires and drive it home getting over 25 mpg. One friend who went with us is one of the top professional high performance engine builders in the state and has built mostly Fords and Chevys in the past. He looked at that 10.95 time slip, shook his head and said, "It's a great time to be a Mopar fan! Most people don't know how hard it is to get a car into the 10s and, once you do, they are finicky and hard to cool. They are barely street drivable if at all. The Hellcat changes everything."

    It was a really fun weekend!
     
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    Well..we are glad this was put to bed. Thanks for the great photos!
     
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    Amen
     
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    Was that the AWD version of the Tesla?
     
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    Awesome! Shut those electrode lovers up!
     
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    Agreed Way to go Dodge Hell Cat
     
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    Great story! Thanks!
     
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    rayzazoo DRIVESRT.COM Gold Supporting Member

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    It should be. The P85D only comes in AWD. The 85 and 60 have optional RWD or AWD
     
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    Tesla fan boys will whine about the drag radials. He should have run on OE street tires.
     
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    I love it!
     
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    I am so HAPPY to be able to get a Hellcat. We do not realize what kind of car we are getting until you can hear all the comments from non Dodge drivers/owners/fans. Many of the forum members are car experts, engineers and mechanics with MUCH more knowledge than myself, and they know what they are getting, but in my case, I feel like I'm in a dream. Great story MoparPhil !!! Thank you for sharing !!!
     
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    Awesome job guys ! Can't wait to see the article and video ! Nice job summarizing the story !
     
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    I am so glad that you were there to witness the awe and the fun! Thank you for sharing your experience and pictures!! Wish I could have been there!

    April
     
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    Still would have won. The 10.95 would have been around an 11.35.
     
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    Absolutely fantastic and kudos to both companies.

    Hellcat puurfect again
     

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