Warm-Up Lap: Tesla P85D Vs. Challenger Hellcat REMATCH

In late January a video of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat losing a drag race to a Tesla Model S P85D went viral, racking up millions of views as armchair drag racers from around the world weighed in. The embarrassing defeat of America’s most powerful production muscle car to a mere electric vehicles led to calls for a rematch from both sides eager to prove their superiority. Almost two months later, that rematch has finally happened. So, who wins this time?

With 691 horsepower and all-wheel drive, the all-electric Tesla P85D can rocket from 0 to 60 MPH in a blistering 3.1 seconds, which is right on par with the 707 horsepower Challenger Hellcat. But the Hellcat is rear-wheel drive only, which proved to be a major disadvantage in the first race. Not only did the Hellcat driver jump the light, but he bogged down after launch as his stock tires and decision to not use launch control resulted in a slow-and-smoky launch the let the P85D reach the finish line several seconds before the muscle car.

This time around though, the Hellcat is wearing drag radials to improve off-the-line traction, while the Tesla (presumably) still wears its stock rubber. Does that make a difference in the end? You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.