Being in the back seat of a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat as it screams around the Nürburgring is a harrowing experience.
There’s no denying that the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is a fast car, but it wasn’t exactly built to be fast in the conventional sense. Like everything else Dodge does, it was made to go fast in a straight line. Sure, you can turn a Charger, but it’s a little bit like trying to turn a cruise ship: you gotta do it slow and early, and sometimes with the benefit of another, smaller ship helping you out.
However, if you’re an incredibly experienced driver like the person in this video from Bavarian MOPAR Works, you can make a Hellcat do things that it was never intended to do.
We have Motor1 to thank for pointing us to this incredible video showing that a Hellcat isn’t just a drag racer after all. That 6.2-L HEMI V8 can be put to better use running around Germany’s Green Hell, passing Porsches and Mercedes and even posting a very reasonable lap time.
In the video description we’re told that the driver is a trained professional, and is, in fact, a driving instructor. He even has the big rubber gloves to prove it. There are three people in the Hellcat: driver, passenger, and rear cameraman, which pushes the Hellcat’s already considerable weight near the 5,000 lbs mark. But even with 2.5 tons of steel and oil flying over the pavement, at no point does the driver seem to be anything but cool and in control.
Except for one brief instant where he powerslides over a cresting turn.
At one point, a Porsche 911 Turbo shows up to become the Hellcat’s chase car. Although the Hellcat has more power, the driver doesn’t even consider the possibility of catching the Porsche, saying that “he’s good.” Although the Porsche shoots ahead of the Hellcat, easily navigating the Nurburgring’s many turns, he never quite leaves the Hellcat’s sights.
Easily breaking 200 mph on the straightaways, the Hellcat manages a lap time just shy of 9 minutes. Not too bad for a 5,000 lb car.