Dodge Hellcat Drag Races Rivian R1T, Someone Loses Twice

The Rivian R1T is a seriously fast machine. Although it struggles to launch properly, the Dodge Hellcat is tremendously quick in the quarter mile. Pictured at Bandimere Speedway in Colorado, the yellow R1T and Hellcat in the video below raced twice in order to find out which is quicker in a straight line.
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But first, let's zoom in on said vehicles because the uploader hasn't shared any sort of information about said truck and coupe. A tweener pickup truck with either dual- or quad-motor muscle, this R1T sports the All-Terrain Upgrade with 20-inch aluminum wheels mounted with Pirelli Scorpion rubber boots.

On the other lane, aftermarket wheels and tires are complemented by red brake calipers. The rear tires appear to be no-nonsense drag radials, a much-needed upgrade over the factory tires. Based on the hood's design, that's a pre-2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat, meaning 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet (881 Nm) of tire-shredding torque at the crank.

Back in 2014 for the 2015 model year, when the Challenger SRT Hellcat was hot off the press, the rather porky muscle car was rated at 11.2 seconds in the quarter mile. Add some drag radials, and you're looking at 10.8 seconds on a prepped surface. Pirelli Scorpion-equipped R1Ts can easily crack 11s, but alas, the all-electric pickup truck is electronically limited to 111 miles per hour (that'd be 179 kph).

The Hellcat can go much faster in the quarter mile, whereas the R1T hits the limiter before the finish line. As expected, the yellow-painted muscle car didn't even break a sweat while dueling the zero-emission adventure truck. The first race concluded in 11.07 seconds for the Challenger, whereas the gentleman in the R1T clocked 11.78 seconds at 110.94 miles per hour (178.54 kph) as opposed to 128.65 (207.04).

Second time battling on the blacktop, Detroit muscle (better said Brampton muscle because the Challenger is assembled in Canada) proved victorious yet again. In combination with an eight-speed automatic from ZF, the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 needed 11.12 seconds to assert dominance over the Rivian. Although it packs near-instant torque – and a whole lot of that – the R1T once again disappoints with an 11.79 ET at 110.60 miles per hour (177.99 kph).

Why does Rivian limit both the R1T and R1S to 111 miles per hour? For starters, both are heavy. Also worthy of note, Pirelli's all-terrain rubber is rated at 130 miles per hour (209 kph). The gist of it? California-based Rivian makes sure that it's not going to be sued in case of a high-speed tire failure.

Even with said 111-mph limitation, the R1T is easily one of the fastest pickup trucks in the world. By comparison, the Hennessey Mammoth 1000 Ram 1500 TRX is good for 130 miles per hour (209 kph) at full chatter. The fastest pickup in production today, however, is… believe it or not… the Hyundai Santa Cruz with the 2.5T at 133 mph (214 kph).

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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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