The war between gas-powered and all-electric vehicles has reached fever point, and for conventional fossil-fuel cars, things are not exactly looking positive. Combined with all-wheel-drive, the instant torque delivery of the electric motor gives Tesla vehicles such as the Model S Performance and smaller Model 3 the ability to bolt off the line with serious speed, but conventional muscle cars such as the Dodge Challenger Hellcat still put up a fight, and if there is enough traction, they can typically take the race. We can see a Tesla Model S going up against a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye in the video below and the results are interesting.
First of all, it will be prudent to cover the performance figures of both cars: the 2020 Tesla Model S Performance features two electric motors that power the front and rear wheels independently, providing 778 horsepower and 841 lb-ft of torque, resulting in a time of just 2.4 seconds from 0 to 60, a top speed of 163 mph, and a quarter mile time that fits comfortably in the ten-second bracket. On the other side, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat produces 797 hp and 707 lb-ft, which is sent via an eight-speed auto transmission to the rear. The sprint from zero to sixty takes 3.7 seconds, and in under 12 seconds, the quarter-mile is taken care of. Tesla is faster on paper, but what counts here is real-world efficiency.
The Dodge runs on a pair of Mickey Thompson Street SS Drag Radials, while the Tesla uses 4 tires for its stock Michelin Pilot Sport. The Hellcat also features a performance filter and rear seat delete. Both cars have a good launch at the lights, and the Tesla has a response time of 0.032 seconds, while the Dodge manages an RT of 0.219. Outcome? The Tesla manages a run of 10.761 seconds, and in 10.783 seconds, the Hellcat performs the same sprint. That only makes Tesla the winner by 0.022 seconds. The rematch sees both cars using the same lanes as before, only this time, with a 10.733-second sprint, 0.094 seconds quicker than the Tesla, the gas-guzzler takes it. There is hope out there after all.
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