Yes, it’s another video from Bay Area Racing, but this one swaps out the 1/2 mile Shift Sector airstrip for what looks like an officially closed street, perfect for running 1/4 mile races. This showdown between a Mustang 5.0 with a bolt-on supercharger kit running on E85, and a Challenger Hellcat isn’t anything revolutionary, but it showcases what kind of performance the Mustang is capable of, and how much of a beast the Hellcat really is.
The S550 “Coyote” V8 in the new Mustang 5.0 features an all aluminum block and heads, helping to keep weight down and performance on the rise. It leaves the factory producing a respectable 420-horsepower, but as you can see, it’s clearly capable of handling much more than that. Lauded for being highly efficient and providing excellent flow, the 4-valve per cylinder aluminum heads are one of the main ingredients in the Coyote’s secret sauce, and certainly appear to be doing their job exceptionally well in this video.
Although the Mustang gets the Hellcat on the first run, it’s not by much, and you have to think that can be chalked up to the Hellcat’s tires not being warmed up enough, or simply driver error. The subsequent races look good for the Mustang at the outset, but then the Hellcat hits stride and first narrowly beats the ‘Stang, then gets it by nearly a car length.
Of course there is the fact that the Mustang sounds like it’s equipped with a manual transmission, and the Hellcat is definitely running the eight-speed automatic, so it’s not a completely fair fight. What I can’t wait to see is the Hellcat vs the new GT500, whenever that eventually hits the streets.