Meet the World’s Quickest Naturally Aspirated Hemi Ram

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This 2016 Ram 1500 covers the quarter mile in just 11.98 seconds without forced induction.

The newest Ram 1500 pickups are among the strongest and hardest-working half-ton trucks sold in America, but the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 also makes them surprisingly quick. As one owner has proven, the half-ton pickup can be transformed into an 11-second quarter mile machine with fairly simple modifications and a good driver.

Kyle Tingle's Ram 1500

The World’s Quickest NA Hemi Truck

The black 2016 Ram 1500 in the videos shown here is owned and driven by Kyle Tingle and it is the quickest naturally aspirated, 5.7-liter-powered  truck in the world. As you can see in these clips, this half-ton pickup has run a best time of 11.987 at 110 miles per hour – figures that have not been challenged by a comparable truck.

While running 11s in a half-ton truck is impressive, what is even more impressive is the length of the Tingle’s mod list. His Hemi truck has an SRP ported throttle body, Stainless Works 1.75-inch longtube headers, no catalytic convertors, a 170-degree thermostat, an ATI underdrive pulley, exhaust cutouts and a clutch fan delete. Of course, the engine has been tuned by Greene Racing to make the most of those simple modifications.

On top of the power-adding modifications, this Ram 1500 also has a Circle D 2500 stall convertor and Hoosier slicks mounted on 17-inch wheels. It should also be noted that this Ram has the factory 8-speed automatic transmission.

In short, this Ram 1500 has a larger throttle body, headers, no cats, a high-stall converter, sticky tires and a tune – and it ran an 11.987 with a touch of the “good driver mod.”

A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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