Watch a husband and wife engage in a little friendly marital competition when they pit their Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats against each other in a series of drag races.
Here’s an interesting race. Hellcats have always been a favorite of drag strips across the country (and in Canada, where this particular drag strip is located), but rarely do we find out that the drivers are actually bitter rivals. And married.
With each driving a Hellcat, we can expect this race to be fairly evenly matched. Both cars are powered by the same 6.2-L supercharged V8 which normally produces 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. However, in addition to finding out that the drivers are husband and wife, the video description also tells us that each Hellcat has been given an E85 racing fuel tune and now make around 750 hp.
Actually, the announcer in one of the races tells us that the wife’s Charger Hellcat makes 1 less horsepower than her husband’s Challenger, but makes 1 more lb-ft of torque.
The rest of these cars are almost identical. They share the same 8-speed automatic, the same brakes, and many of the same interior components. Each chassis is different, however, with the Challenger weighing a few dozen pounds less than the Charger.
Strangely, the stock Charger Hellcat has a slightly better 0-60 time than the Challenger despite having the same engine and transmission. Will that matter in this husband and wife rivalry?
In the first race, we see that both cars get a great start but the Challenger just manages to scoot a half-car length ahead. It seems that the Charger might have had a little bit more wheel slippage off the line and that cost her the race. The final time for the Challenger Hellcat was 10.39 seconds at 134.58 mph, while the Charger Hellcat finished in 10.79 seconds at 134.54 mph.
These two go at it a few more times, so watch the video above to see which one comes out on top.