The small Ford might look like a toy car compared to the Charger Hellcat, but it sure doesn’t go like one.
Sitting next to the Dodge Charger Hellcat, the Ford GT40 looks like a toy car. Standing at 40 inches tall, it’s dwarfed by the Hellcat and by just about everything else on the road, but unless you’re talking displacement, size doesn’t matter when it comes to racing. In fact, the shorter GT40 has the advantage in this case thanks to a superior aerodynamic profile and what we suspect could be a few engine modifications. The results from this drag race speak for themselves.
Let’s all take a moment and mourn for the egos of those poor Dodge engineers. Given that Dodge touted the Hellcat as the ultimate drag strip muscle car, it must be sad for FCA to see how easily an ancient rival can beat it in a straight line. But the reasoning behind Ford’s win can be pinpointed on physics and unfortunately, the Hellcat’s lack of proficiency in that field.
Many car fans were led to believe that the Hellcat was the master of straight line performance simply because its supercharged 6.2-liter engine makes 707 horsepower, but without the Challenger Demon’s emphasis on grip, it falls short of its potential, spinning the rear tires too much to effectively put down its power. And then there’s the weight problem, which the emaciated Ford GT40 doesn’t share. At the end of the day, these seemingly small race track advantages help the GT40 remain a legend by slapping down an attempt by one of today’s best muscle cars. Skip to the 1:18 mark to see the meat and potatoes of the race.