Ram 1500 Runs 11.0s with 5.7-liter Hemi Power: Track Time Tuesday

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Short cab, short bed Ram on the bottle runs a quicker elapsed time than the Dodge Challenger in the far lane.

This week’s Track Time Tuesday comes to us from the hemifever YouTube channel and it features Sean Powell’s 2017 Ram 1500 taking on a newer Dodge Challenger in a quarter mile duel. In most cases, a Challenger taking on a half-ton truck would lead to a landslide win for the muscle car, but this is clearly not your average Ram pickup. In fact, this is one of the quickest Hemi-powered trucks in the scene today, nearly getting into the 10s on the bottle and running in the high-11s without the laughing gas.

The Machine

The 2017 Ram 1500 shown in action here is owned by Sean Powell, who won the title for the quickest truck at the last Modern Street Hemi Shootout event at The Rock. This short bed, short can half-ton is powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi with a stock short block with a 150-horsepower nitrous setup, but the details included are limited beyond that. Fortunately, we reached out to Powell, who provided us with a complete mod list.

Powell Ram 1500

Moe’s Performance HPT+ Cam, MMX Heads, Moe’s Performance 87mm throttle body and track intake, Edge Racing 3000 rpm converter. ARH 1 7/8 catless long tube headers, ATI Pulley, v6 efan, 3 1/2″ exhaust, Nitrous Outlet 85mm plate kit on 150 shot, Viking Shocks, Bogart GT 15×10 rear. Best time, 11.01 at 123 mph.”

In addition to those upgrades, this Ram 1500 has a set of big, fat rear tires help put all of that power to the ground. It also has lightweight skinny front wheels and tires and no tonneau cover, but this truck does not appear to have been hacked up to trim weight in any way.

Powell Ram 1500

The Battle

In the video above, the Ram 1500 takes on a Dodge Challenger that performs like a Hellcat of a modified Scat Pack, but it doesn’t appear to have any fender badges, so we don’t know what variety of modern Mopar muscle car is in the far lane. In any case, it is a good competitor for this bottled half-ton truck.

On green, the Ram 1500 and Challenger leave the line side-by-side, with the car having what appears to be a small lead. As they get down track, we can see that the muscle car pulled a considerably better reaction time, but the truck is charging hard on the big end.

Powell Ram 1500

The Dodge gets the win light, but the truck gets there faster, running an 11.09 at 121 miles per hour while the Challenger runs an 11.30 at 119. Even though the truck lost the race on the tree, this crazy-quick Hemi truck is an amazing display of Mopar performance, so crank up your speakers and enjoy.

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

"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," says Rall, "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.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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