Hellcat Challenger Beats Trackhawk in Supercharged Battle: Track Time Tuesday
Mopar monsters packing the Hellcat Hemi go head-to-head, with the lighter Challenger out-digging the all-wheel-drive Jeep.
This week’s Track Time Tuesday video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Jay Anderson and it features his Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat taking on a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in a quarter mile drag race. In stock form, these two machines run similar numbers on paper, but the all-wheel-drive Jeep is a whole lot easier to launch than the rear-drive Challenger, making running the best times much more common. However, neither of them are stock, packing gobs of extra power and good, sticky tires, but with the Dodge coupe has a dramatic weight advantage, so it is unclear which vehicle will have the advantage at the finish line.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any details on the Jeep, but the quarter mile times make it clear that it is definitely not stock. We will talk more about those times in a minute, but first, a look at Anderson’s Challenger. We had a chance to talk to him and he provided some details on his car and on his passion for racing.
“I was inspired by Ronnie Sox… Sox and Martin 1970 Barracuda Pro Stock…. saw him at exhibition race in South Dakota as a kid,” said Anderson. “My Dad took me to 1971 Spring nationals in Dallas. Don Garlits, Don Schumacher and Sox won and I was hooked. It took me 45 years to get into sport, but Hellcat was the ticket.”
Anderson is somewhat guarded with his build, but he provided us with the basic details. He has aftermarket upper and lower pulleys, with different sizes of each depending on the weather conditions, and the car is tuned for E85 by Lonnie Bartley at MPR Motorsports. The internals of the engine are stock; no aftermarket camshaft, headers or head work. The transmission is also stock and the original IHI supercharger is still at work.
This Hellcat Challenger is also equipped with 1300 injectors, a dual fuel pump setup and the Driveshaft Shop drivetrain parts needed to safely get the power to the wheels.
As you likely know, the Trackhawk has the huge advantage of all-wheel-drive, making traction far more realistic with all of the supercharged Hemi power. The problem with all-wheel-drive is that it adds a great deal of weight, so the Jeep is considerably heavier than the Challenger. The Grand Cherokee has to use that traction advantage to get away from the line better, but when that doesn’t happen, the lighter muscle car has the upper hand.
As you can see in the video, the Hellcat Challenger gets out of the hole just as well as the Jeep, taking the early lead and never looking back. On the big end, the Dodge runs a 9.31 at 147 miles per hour while the Jeep runs a 9.94 at what looks to be 135 miles per hour, but regardless of the winner, it is an awesome exhibition of modern Mopar muscle in action.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy.