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2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Runs 10.4s with Drag Tires, Race Gas

Jan 12, 2015 - 4:31 PM - by MagnumClub

From our friends at Torque News. We are trying to get some verification.

The news is flowing out of Texas that Burns Motors has gotten a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat down the quarter mile in just 10.4 seconds with nothing other than drag radial tires, high octane gasoline and very good weather – a number which Edinburg Raceway claims is a record for the new supercharged Challenger.

This information comes from the Edinburg Raceway Facebook page, where are are claims of a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat running 10.48 at 133 miles per hour, with nothing more than drag radial tires and 109 octane race gas. There has been no video offered yet, but Edinburg claims that there will be a video on the way that shows the 707hp Mopar muscle car running 10.40s in Texas.

Hellcat Challenger Racing at Edinburg

The details are not totally complete, but on Monday and Tuesday, Edinburg Raceway played host to a pair of 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat production cars during their test and tune sessions. This included a totally stock Hellcat Challenger in white and a black Hellcat Challenger that is fitted with Mickey Thompson ET drag radials and 109 octane fuel.

The stock 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat in white took to the track on Monday night with the weather being clear at 53 degrees. Other crucial numbers during the run included 57% humidity, 30.51 barometric pressure, a density altitude of -843 and a track elevation of 96 feet above sea level. With these conditions, the Hellcat Challenger ran a best time with the stock Pirelli tires of 11.054 at 126 miles per hour. That’s quick for a stock car.
The modified 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in black came out to the track on Tuesday with cooler air (48 dregrees) but higher humidity (71%). With a barometric pressure of 30.43 and a density altitude of -1093, this Challenger that was fitted with Mickey Thompson ET drag radial tires and filled with 109 octane turned out an incredible 10.483 at 133.53 miles per hour.
That was 10.48 at 133 miles per hour for the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat with the 8-speed automatic transmission, drag radial tires and high octane fuel. Nothing else and yes, that is incredible.

Some Expected Controversy

As is the case with any stunning performance numbers by any car, there are people insisting that the 10.43 simply isn’t possible from the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat with just high octane fuel and drag radials. These people are insisting that the high octane gas was run because the car was tuned or because it was running nitrous oxide. The reason that the team ran the 109 octane does not necessarily mean that it was tuned (especially since no performance tunes have been released for the Hellcat Hemi yet), but rather, the high octane gas just goes to insure that the engine is running at the peak of its performance.

If you were to put crappy gas in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the computer would make the necessary adjustments to prevent any engine damage. This usually includes the computer pulling engine timing, which results in a power loss. You don’t need to run 89 octane instead of 93 octane to experience this power loss – even running crappy, low quality 93 octane can cause the engine control computer to dial down the power a little. Running the 109 octane gasoline guarantees that the Hellcat Hemi is running at its best possible timing configuration, essentially serving as insurance against low quality gas reducing power during the run.
As soon as the videos of these runs hit the internet, you can expect to find them here on TorqueNews.com, but in the meantime, feel free to tell us in the comments why you think that these times are incredible…or why they are too incredible to be true.
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Letter from Dodge and SRT regarding Hellcat allocation

Jan 10, 2015 - 11:24 AM - by MagnumClub
Wanted to post this letter from Dodge explaining the Hellcat allocation process.

The excitement surrounding the introduction of the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat has been overwhelming. That excitement for the most powerful muscle cars in history has driven product demand at an unprecedented rate and many enthusiasts have placed orders at a local dealer without understanding if/when that dealer will receive an SRT Hellcat. As we listen to our customer feedback, it has become apparent that incomplete and inaccurate information abounds regarding the process by which SRT Hellcat production is allocated to our dealer body. We want to clear up any confusion that exists.

Any Dodge/SRT dealer can place orders for as many SRT Hellcats as they wish. However, because the factory can only build a specified number of SRT Hellcats each month, we prioritize each month’s available production to our dealers based on the following criteria:
· The number of total Dodge/SRT branded products (any model) a dealer has sold in the last 90 days (higher volume = higher priority)
· The number of SRT Hellcats a dealer already has in stock (higher stock = lower priority)
· The average number of days each SRT Hellcat remained on a dealer’s lot unsold in the prior month (more days = lower priority)

These criteria are intended to distribute all available SRT Hellcats to customers in the shortest time possible. Every Dodge/SRT dealer is evaluated based on these criteria in the first week of every month and available production is allocated to dealers accordingly. When demand exceeds available production, not all dealer orders can be accommodated.

Additional production capacity occasionally becomes available between allocation periods due to increased efficiency, supplier part availability, etc. When this occurs, we allocate the additional production to dealers based on the following criteria:
· Dealer overall sales performance
· The age of any existing unfilled orders (older = higher priority)
· The type of order - customer or dealer stock? (customer = higher priority)
· Vehicle configuration requested by unfilled orders

We remain committed to delivering as many SRT Hellcats as possible.

Thank you for your passion, enthusiasm and patience,
Dodge & SRT Brand
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Dodge Viper Documentary Captures Hand-built Craftsmanship and Passion

Jan 08, 2015 - 5:44 PM - by MagnumClub
***Viper: DNA of a Supercar***

January 8, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - A new 22-minute documentary, “Viper: DNA of a Supercar,” launched today by Dodge showcases how the Dodge Viper is created like no other car – with passion driving every ounce of design origin, attention to detail and meticulous handcrafting.

“The Dodge Viper is a precision-handcrafted machine expressively built to stimulate all the senses of an enthusiast’s soul,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT, FCA North America. “It’s not widely known what it takes to create this supercar, including the 140 to 160 hours to hand paint each Viper, so we produced the film to show what sets the Viper apart from everything else in its segment.”

“Viper: DNA of a Supercar” captures the passion that inspires the automotive designers and craftspeople to pour their expertise, focus and resolve into every component, every process and every step of the Viper build. Facts include:
· More than 3,700 unique components come together to form a Viper
· More than 90 percent of the Viper’s interior is hand-wrapped in the finest leather available
· Designed with structural integrity, 48 percent of the Viper’s exterior is carbon fiber – lighter than steel with a superior stiffness
· Viper’s entire paint process is done by hand and requires 150-plus man-hours to achieve the concourse quality finish

"This commitment to keeping the fifth-generation Viper a hand-built performance icon ensures the Viper’s legacy as a premium world-class supercar and one of the fastest street-legal cars in the world,” Kuniskis added.

The film shows every phase of the Viper’s design process, from initial sketches through final testing, and how literally every component of the assembly process involves human craftsmanship, distinguishing the Dodge Viper as one of the few custom-built vehicles on the planet.
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