As the automotive industry undergoes a profound transformation towards electric mobility, electric vehicles (EVs) performance capabilities have become a subject of great interest.
In a thrilling showdown on the drag strip, the Wheels YouTube channel witnessed an unconventional battle between a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCAT and a Rivian R1T, showcasing the raw power of a muscle car against the lightning-fast acceleration of an electric pickup. The video was taken at Bandimere Speedway, a track known to plague internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles of horsepower due to its location of 5,800 feet above sea level.
In contrast, the Rivian R1T represents the cutting edge of electric power. Free from the constraints of an ICE, it harnesses the collective strength of four electric motors, delivering a combined power of 835 horsepower and a staggering 908 lb.-ft. of torque. These impressive numbers give the R1T a significant advantage over the Challenger.
In the first race, the Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCAT unleashed its fury and blazed through the quarter-mile in an impressive 11.07 seconds. However, the Rivian R1T was not far behind, crossing the finish line in 11.78 seconds. The power of the HELLCAT was evident, but the R1T showcased its remarkable acceleration capabilities, proving that electric vehicles can hold their own against formidable opponents.
The second race saw a similar outcome, with the HELLCAT finishing in 11.12 seconds and the R1T following closely behind at 11.79 seconds. Notably, the R1T was constrained by its speed limiter, set at 112 mph, in the race’s final moments. Despite this limitation, the electric pickup displayed impressive potential.