Watch A Dodge Challenger Hellcat Get Smoked By A 10 Year Old Shelby GT500

Few cars have been designed for a single purpose quite like the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Big and brawny, it was born to live on the drag strip. So could a ten-year-old Shelby GT500 really out-drag it?

The short answer, as this video reveals, is an evident “yes.”

Captured at Mission Raceway Park in the Canadian province of British Columbia, this showdown took place between a new Hellcat and a circa-2008 Shelby GT500 Mustang.

On paper, it should have been an easy win for the Mopar muscle. Where the Hellcat’s 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 boasts 707 horsepower (527 kW) and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque, the Shelby version of the fifth-gen Mustang (and not the more potent KR version) packed a smaller 5.4-liter engine – still supercharged and with eight cylinders – producing 500 hp (373 kW) and 480 lb-ft (651 Nm) of torque.

No contest, right? Well, we don’t know if the Shelby was modified or not. (It shows no such outwards signs that we can see, right down to the stock alloys.) But as is often the case, the big difference may have come down to the drivers – especially since both these machines channel their muscle down to the track surface through six-speed Tremec manual transmissions (where the more potent Challenger Demon used an eight-speed automatic). And judging the shifts just right can make or break a drag racer’s run.

Whatever the reason, the numbers speak for themselves. The Shelby ran down the strip in 10:87 at 126.26 miles per hour (203.2 km/h), and the Challenger lagged behind, running through the traps in 11:30 at 121.19 mph (195 km/h). In other drivers’ hands, the results may have turned out differently. But as these drag racers aptly demonstrated, power’s only as good as what you can do with it.


  • Christian

    at 4:20 the real show starts!

    • ErnieB

      Usually the case for me too at 4:20;)

      • Christian


        • Ryan50

          Pound me too?

          • Christian

            You think its funny , uncle Sam?

  • Vassilis

    I think a 10.9 sec time points to the Mustang being tuned. It wasn’t doing that stock, was it?

    • Ryan50

      Yeah. Looked up ’08 GT500 QM times. I see a lot of 12.5-12.8s by big magazines.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      100% tuned.

  • forcfan

    Both cars are traction limited but the mustang has had 10 years to figure it out. I watched a local racer with the same mustang. His first passes we’re in the 15s. Took two years to figure out how to get it to hook and is now in the 10s.

  • Paul Webster

    Tuned, probably. Damned impressive drive around with a stick versus an automatic, The GT 5.4 has a plasma cylinder bore (stock) and can outrev the Hellcat by about 3000 rpm. Then there is the weight differential.

  • Todd Priest

    So an obviously modified Mustang beat a HC. So? Next up? Demon vs. Prius. Smh….

  • Jose Ramirez III

    Looks like driver error on the hellcats part.

  • Jose Ramirez III

    Looks like driver error on the hellcats part. Just saying.

  • Stefan

    “the numbers speak for themselves”
    Yeah. They tell us this race is rigged! Is this article a promo for Ford?! That whining noise at 1:13 was probably the nitrous in the GT kicking on. 😉

  • Metal Angel

    Probably pump gas on the demon and race gas on the stang

  • Lollie Price

    But the mustang was also running on factory rims and tires. Even with nitrous, the hellcat should have run an even race. But, it was whipped good!

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