Watch a Chevy Corvette Z06 try to take down a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in quarter-mile action.
Here we have a classic matchup of speed versus power. The Corvette clearly has the speedier, lighter body, while the Hellcat has awesome power.
Both cars have a 6.2-L supercharged V8 engine, producing 650 lb-ft of torque, but with slightly different power outputs. The Hellcat gets 707 ponies from its mill, while the Corvette gets 650. The Challenger can rocket from zero to sixty in 3.6 seconds, while the Corvette can take as little as 3 seconds with a skilled driver at the wheel.
Both cars have 8-speed automatic transmission that put power to the rear wheels only. Both cars are made in America (although they’re being raced in Canada), have four tires, and a driver wearing a helmet.
But there are several differences between these cars. First, the Corvette has roughly a 1,000-pound advantage over the Hellcat. As good as the Challenger is, it was never designed to be a light and nimble sedan, and 1,000 pounds is a lot of extra weight to carry in a race.
Second, the Corvette has regular road tires, while the Hellcat has drag radials. Traction is the biggest enemy of a good quarter-mile time, and while 1,000 pounds is a lot to beat, it won’t matter if the Corvette can’t get a good start off the line.
Let’s check out the results below to see what happened.
That Hellcat really jumped the lights, as you can tell by the briefly flashing yellow lights on their side of the track. So right off the bat, this race is a wash. However, the Corvette driver seems to be asleep at the wheel and doesn’t even bother putting their foot down until the Hellcat is already 100 feet away. That’s just poor reflexes.
The Hellcat might also have been slightly modified, judging by the 10.75-second run time. A good Hellcat can get into the 10-second range, but 10.75 is a bit fast for stock.
As for the Corvette driver: no distractions! Treat the race like the other car doesn’t even exist.