Before getting into the newest record-setting Dodge Hellcat car, a quick breakdown of this record.
The Hellcat Challenger shown in the video below has a 100% stock engine – no cold air intake, no exhaust system, no tune. This Challenger makes the same horsepower as it did when it came off of the showroom floor, so according to FCA, this supercharged Dodge is packing 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque. It has a few other modifications that we will discuss below, but to my knowledge and the knowledge of the Hellcat owner community – no Hellcat Challenger or Hellcat Charger has made a quicker quarter mile pass on stock power.
Again, to be clear, this is not a stock Hellcat record, but a stock power record…and onto the details.
Stock Power Hellcat Challenger Goes 10.56
The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is question is owned and driven by Simon Haddad of Clinton Township, Michigan. It is a 2016 model year car in Jazz Blue with the 8-speed automatic transmission and Sepia leather. The only modifications include a set of 3.09 rear gears, a stronger one piece aluminum driveshaft and a set of Mickey Thompson Street R drag radial tires, so while the driveshaft is more of a safety measure – the only performance-adding modifications are the steeper rear gears and the stickier rear tires.
When Simon Haddad made his first pass this past weekend at Lapeer Raceway in Lapeer, Michigan, he laid down an impressive 10.59 quarter mile ET. That tied the stock power record that we discussed a few weeks back and on his second run of the day, Simon and his Jazz Blue Hellcat Challenger set the new stock power Hellcat quarter mile record with a time of 10.58.
Finally, Simon Haddad backed up his stock power record with a time of 10.56 at 130.99 miles per hour. On that run, he pulled a 60 foot time of just 1.543 on a DOT approved tire.
The video below shows the 10.58 run and while we do not have video of the 10.56 run, I know several racers who were present for the record run.
Haddad Praises the Hellcat Durability
When I was speaking with Simon Haddad about his stock power Hellcat Challenger quarter mile record, he offered an interesting bit of input on something that we don’t often discuss in relation to the Hellcat cars – durability.(Video on Page 2)
Haddad has made over 150 quarter mile passes at tracks all over Michigan this summer, often racing at least once a week. He drove his Hellcat Challenger between 150 and 200 miles to get to and from each track – sometimes making more than a dozen runs in a day before making the long drive home in the same form that he made the drive down the track. Through all of that racing and driving, Haddad hasn’t had any issues with his Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Thanks to David L. for the video footage and photo credit to Simon Haddad.