On a recent track day at Toronto Motorsports Park, a Dodge Charger Hellcat owner faced a diverse range of challengers and easily mopped the floor with the competition. This Plum Crazy Charger Hellcat was clearly driven by an experienced drag rider who knows how to get the most out of his car. The Charger Hellcat may live in the shadow of the demon and the new Hellcat Redeye, but as this owner has demonstrated, there is virtually no competition for the Charger Hellcat on a dragster track.
Dragging an automatic transmission car may seem like an easy task, but as any drag racer will tell you, it takes a lot of skill to get a perfect race. You don’t just put your foot on the ground and drive in a straight line, although it may seem like that from the stands. Drag racing is all about reaction time and understanding how your car will gain traction on the starting line. This critical balance of power delivery without spinning the tires too much, which results in wasted time, is the ballet of drag racing.
The loader shown in the video has spare wheels and what appear to be drag-banded radials that go very far in the traction department. These track-oriented rubber compounds allow drivers to get the grip their car needs to get off the line. The owner of the charger also has the yellow front separator protections, which would add significant performance, although they were not dynamically proven at the time of writing.
So why did the Charger Hellcat beat a C7 Corvette Z06, Tesla Model 3, BMW M5 and an S197 Mustang GT? Well for starters, an original Charger Hellcat travels 11.9 seconds over a quarter of a mile, but with spare wheels and tires, this owner regularly runs 10 seconds over a quarter of a mile. Combine this configuration with an experienced pilot and the results speak for themselves. With a few simple improvements, you can help your Hellcat gain traction and become almost unbeatable on the sliding track.