Remember when the Dodge Challenger Hellcat broke the internet and was featured in just about every single drag race out there?
It actually wasn’t that long ago that the Hellcat (be it the Challenger or the Charger) was one of the most popular monikers when it came to drag racing and performance in general.
We are, after all, talking about 707 HP machines, with enough torque (881 Nm/650 lb-ft) to pull one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets…at least horizontally. OK, maybe it couldn’t do that, but when unencumbered, the Challenger Hellcat could still get from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in well under 4 seconds.
Besides, once traction isn’t an issue, the power and torque take over and turn this massive 2,014 kg (4,440 lbs) behemoth into a formidable straight-line foe, regardless of opponent.
Having said that, the Tesla Model X P100D is pretty formidable in its own right. In fact, thanks to its Ludicrous mode, it can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 2.9 seconds, and with all-wheel drive at its disposal, it can put all of its power down much more efficiently than the Hellcat.
Now, we don’t want you to think this drag race was a lost cause from the get go, because it was still a pretty close affair, one that could have had a completely different outcome had the two cars raced past the 1/4 mile marker.