More bad news for Dodge Hellcat: Trounced by all-electric Tesla in drag race

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When we first heard about the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (and its sister, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat), we were pretty excited.

Both versions of the Hellcat are the fastest factory-produced street cars in the U.S., clocking in with 707 horsepower.

That’s only about 40 horsepower less than what’s under the hood of a NASCAR Sprint Cup car.

But for all the buzz and excitement that preceded the Hellcat, let’s just say things aren’t going quite the way Dodge may have hoped – in at least two instances.

First there was the guy in Colorado who, just one hour after leaving the dealership with a brand new $60,000 Hellcat Challenger, lost control of it and totaled it on a rural country road northeast of Denver.

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Now comes a report out of Florida’s Palm Beach International Raceway, where a Hellcat was trounced last Sunday in a drag race by – get this – an all-ELECTRIC Tesla S P85D!

Oh, trust me, the news gets worse for Hellcat and Mopar fans. The fine folks at StreetCarDrags.com, who put on the event, told the whole story.

Not only did the Hellcat spin its tires – too much gas and too little traction – at the starting line, the Tesla set a new world record as the quickest and fastest electric-powered production car, covering the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds at 114.6 mph.

Both marks were certified as world records by the National Electric Drag Racing Association.

Admittedly, the Tesla was helped by the Dodge spinning its tires. But the Tesla is also no shirk in the horsepower department: its two electric motors combine for a rather stout 691 horsepower under the hood.

The Hellcat driver finally got going and ended up covering the quarter-mile at over 82 mph. Heck, people go faster than that on the freeway.

According to SteetCarDrags.com, the Hellcat driver had an excuse: It was his first time at PBIR, as well as his first time driving the potent supercharged Hemi-powered car on a dragstrip.

Both cars are due to return to PBIR in the next few weeks for a rematch. Can the Tesla make it 2-for-2, or will the Hellcat driver learn how to control all that power and potentially come close to hitting 200 mph?

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.