Dodge Challenger Hellcat Hits 171 MPH During Ice Speed Record Attempt in Sweden

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Did you know Sweden has an ice speed record for Dodge Challengers? Well, the record fell last month, with a Hellcat being used in the process.
The shenanigan took place as part of the Arsunda Speed Weekend, which saw tons of high-speed machines (cars were obviously not alone in their frozen velocity effort) battling it out on the slippery surface over the February 26-27 weekend.

The Challenger in question, which could've easily resembled a sniper due to its White hue, was left in factory stock condition, with the only modification being a set of studded tires that frankly requires no explanation. And yes, as expected, the blown 6.2-liter muscle car grabbed the Challenger class trophy.

In its quest for extreme cold glory, the Hellcat hit a top speed of 171 mph (that's 274 km/h for all you metric system fans). To understand the conditions in which the Mopar machine was playing, we'll mention the carved track offered a length of 0.62 miles (1 m), with both the top velocity and the average speed being measured during the run.

Since we've already mentioned the speedometer climax of the 707 hp Challenger's stunt, we'll move on to the average speed, as the SRT beast delivered an impressive 162 mph (make that 261 km/h).

However, you can't enter the world of absolute ice speed records without mentioning Bentley's name. Crewe's most recent adventure of the sort took place in February 2011, when a 641 Continental Supersport Convertible hit 205.48 mph (330.8 km/h) in the hands of rally legend Juha Kankkunen.

The Bentley, which was raced in the proximity of the Finnish coast, used Pirelli winter tires, a few aerodynamic mods and rollcage, but the effect of its four-wheel-drive was easily visible. Even so, given the astounding pricing difference between the Conti and the Hellcat, SRT's muscle car deserves a massive round of applause.

P.S.: Yes, a fair amount of countersteering work was required.

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