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