Ford Mustang Drag Races Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye, Loses Every Battle

Ford Mustang Roush vs Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye drag race 1 photo
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A Challenger Hellcat with Demon features, the Hellcat Redeye is the second-fastest Dodge you can buy today. It's obviously quicker than factory supercharged offerings from Ford and Chevrolet, but is it fast enough for a Roush-prepped 'Stang? This four-round drag race provides the answer.
Let's look at the numbers first. Powered by a supercharged, 6.2-liter V8, the Hellcat Redeye hits the drag strip with 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet (959 Nm) of torque at its disposal.

Given the lack of "Roush" badging, this Mustang is not a Jack Roush Edition or a Stage 3 model, so it's unclear how powerful it really is. But we do know that a Roush supercharger can pump up to 775 horsepower and 670 pound-feet (908 Nm) of twist into the Mustang's V8.

Based on the results below, the Mustang clearly benefits from at least 700 horsepower. But whatever lurks under the hood isn't powerful enough to leave the Challenger Hellcat Redeye behind. And there's more than one rematch.

The first race sees the Redeye winning comfortably at 10.92 seconds vs the Mustangs' notably slower 12.08-second run, despite the latter having a better start. The Mustang driver leaves a better impression during the second run at 11.28 second, but the Hellcat Redeye is also quicker at 10.34 clicks. And while the 'Stang barely hits 120 mph (193.12 kph), the Hellcat takes the flag at a whopping 131.66 mph (211.88 kph).

The gap finally decreases for the second rematch. The Hellcat Redeye remains constant at 10.37 seconds, while the Mustang finally gains access into the 10s with a 10.84-click sprint. Trap speed is closer too at 133.49 and 127.77 mph (214.81 and 205.62 kph), respectively.

There's one final round that gets the two muscle cars even closer, but only because the Hellcat Redeye was slower at 10.66 seconds. The Mustang runs a 10.84-click sprint to cut the gap to just 0.18. The Ford hits 127 mph (204 kph) again at the end of the run, while the Dodge settles for 131 mph (211 kph).

It's really interesting how the Mustang becomes increasingly quicker with each run, shaving 1.24 seconds from first to fourth. Whether it's the driver or the tires, it doesn't really matter. One thing's certain here: the Challenger Hellcat Redeye is hard to beat on the quarter-mile. Check it all out in the video below.

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