Hellcat chokes on smoke, coughs up blood while Tesla's torque wins the day

Posted on January 19, 2015 by Roger Pressman

Yesterday was a special day for the Florida Tesla Enthusiasts (FTE) club. Tesla owners came from all over the state to participate in drag racing at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, FL. 

Perhaps the most memorable drag race of the day was watching the 2015 Tesla Model S P85D going head-to-head against a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. The results speak volumes to the incredible power packed into the new, top-of-the-line dual motor Tesla. Let's go to the videotape...

Dodge Challenger Hellcat vs. Tesla Model S P85D


For comparison purposes, The Tesla is powered by two electric motors with a combined output of 691 horsepower while the Hellcat has a 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 pumping out 707HP. According to Streetcardrags.com, during this run the Tesla Model S P85D set a new world record (verified by NEDRA) for being the quickest and fastest production electric car in the world running 11.6 @ 114.6 MPH down the 1/4 mile with a very impressive 1.65 60′ time. 0-60 MPH came in at just 3.1 seconds during the run as per the VBOX. Although the Hellcat made a big, noisy show smoking its tires, it's driver choked at the race's start, and the silent killer, the Tesla P85D, easily prevailed.

Tesla takes over Palm Beach International Raceway

Check out our gallery below for more images from our amazing day at the track.

From top, photo #1: excited to see some drag racing at Palm Beach International Raceway; Photo #2: Teslas taking over, lined up for races; Photo #3: the P85D leading the pack in a line of Lamoborghinis; Photo #4: the car Elon Musk used to own pre-Tesla, McLaren (and it's twin) ready to race; Photo #5: a local Tesla owner in Florida with a midnight blue matte wrap; Photo #6: a Tesla owner who drove all the way from Maryland from the races showing off his (now discontinued) green exterior, aero wheels, and "guts" of the frunk where he was making some mods; Photo #7: all the Teslas lined up in the parking lot.







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