Hellcat Blows Itself To Bits In Race Against Tesla Model S P100DL – Video


Okay, so perhaps the headline is a bit misleading, or maybe not.

Shortly after this modded Dodge Hellcat Challenger lined up to race the Tesla Model S P100DL down the drag strip, catastrophe ensued.

Hellcat Shreds Driveshaft

The Hellcat launched off the line and immediately shredded its driveshaft to bits. We blame it on the all-out effort needed to attempt to run with the Model S P100D, but the Hellcat owner says it likely happened because that was one part he hasn’t upgrade yet.

Video description:

“Another day at Fayetteville 1/4 Mile Drag Strip. What fun is having a quick car, a Tesla Model S P100D, if you can’t find some good races. Well that’s where you get me sitting in the staging lanes and like many times before it’s always fun to run the top of the new car market.”

“In this case another Dodge Hellcat Challenger. This one had some nice Mickey Thompson Tires and could’ve been further modified but when speaking to the driver later he did say the driveshaft was stock. As with any breakdown the good thing to come of one is the fact that you can now fix the weak parts and possibly be capable of going even faster after the rebuild. Hope to see him back out on the track soon.”

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This is what happens when you try to put to much power to two wheels. The Tesla driver is very polite, I bet he enjoyed every minute of it.

It’s not because of two wheels. It’s because of poor engineering. Semi trucks pump out more power to two wheels, yet they do just fine.

LOL and then? You clearly missed my point. Those semi trucks you are referring to are not running the 1320. Silly ?

Most semi trucks have around 400hp, the most powerful ones having betwen 600-700hp. They usually have a lot more toque at the wheels,in 1st gear, though. And torque usually breaks things.

Semis also has the advantage of not having to do 0-60 times in the neighbourhood of 2 seconds. So they can dimension the moving parts properly (and accept the weight penalty). The hellcat (and the tesla for that matter) needs to balance this very finely to keep things lite at the same time as it handles the torque. Not an easy feat. I would not say it is bad engineering though. He admitted to have tuned the machine elsewhere, and ad the stock shaft likely where operating at its limits from the onset the extra power simply where to much to handle.

That is poor engineering by the guy who modified it. Simply bolting on a more powerful engine parts without consideration to anything else is textbook definition of poor engineering.

His poor engineering is that he maybe forgot he ran race slicks.

Launch too hard and you break stuff.

Too bad the Tesla doesn’t sound like the Hellcat. Total Tesla fail IMHO.

Tesla also does not come with a Mullet


I’m usually not impressed by these sorts drag racing comparisons between a Tesla and some sort of roaring dinosaur. Drag racing just does not fit the view of excellence in human endeavour I subscrib to.

However, this one seems like a metaphor for the traditional automotive industry.

A Kodak moment! The cars staggers out of the gate, is fundamentally flawed, and is carried away on a flat bed truck.

A production car being so effective is good to be seen by angry voters. If it was running on clean energy, all the better. If Tesla becomes carbon emissions neutral across all supply chains, better again.

@Malcolm Scott said: “…Drag racing just does not fit the view of excellence in human endeavour I subscrib to…”

Nissan Leaf for you…stay clear of Model S…otherwise you may find yourself enjoying forbidden fruit.

Just because the longest range and third most efficient EV can out drag nearly any production Ice does not mean it isn’t for the pragmatic. Perhaps not the P100D though…

The P100D is a pragmatic car…just not a good fit for those (like @Malcolm Scott) that have guilt issues with combining fun & pragmatism.

Hellcat getting whipped by a stock electric family sedan…emasculating to ICE muscle car fans…time for muscle cars to start converting to electric to get mojo back.

Not exactly blown to bits, he broke a driveshaft.

Get back to work !


Yep, get the M3 on time dude.


when will these guys learn that not many cars will be able to take a Tesla P100D off the line??


Yeah, that old technology breaks too easily.

WWII is not that old ….. 😛

Replacing a driveshaft or the half shafts is pretty common when you make significant power upgrades to a vehicle. This is a big deal if you haven’t modified your car. It isn’t if you’ve added noticeable horsepower to your car. He just needs a thicker driveshaft.

And calling a P100D a production vehicle is a lot like calling a high end Ferrari a production vehicle. It is, but it’s not comparable to the four door sedans, crossovers, and trucks that the majority of us drive to work everyday.

Tesla is built by robots on a production line.

Enough said.

Are the robots the ones complaining about working conditions on the production line and threatening to bring in the UAW to unionize Tesla’s Freemont assembly plant?

Don’t ALL the other automakers use robots on production lines to build their cars? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

So is the dodge.

Not this particular dodge, it would seem, but the hell cats in general are.

Another Tessa-Killer was killed today… Can’t wait for all the ice cars to be killed off & dead from trying to kill Tesla!! The stupids can’t figure out how stupid they really are… TOO STUPID!!

The weakest part of a driveshaft is the universal joints. He’ll just have to get a better quality replacement

^^This. Unless he twisted the shaft, it is more likely that the u-joints or one of yokes may have failed.

I doubt the hellcat comes with cheapo u-joints. The tough part is that he will likely have to go with larger size u-joints, which means a whole new driveshaft, and likely a new yoke on the rear diff.

This will probably end up being a $1,000+ dollar day at the track by the time it is all added up with the tow.

Listen to the launch of the Hellcat. He’s using super-sticky tires and the rear end is bouncing. That is VERY hard on the driveshaft and U-joints. It’s not surprising that the driveshaft broke. There are many other drag racing videos where the driveshaft breaks the exact same way because of tire bounce.

Really, it’s an outcry that the time of ICE has come to an end! 🙂

So, I wonder, what can $55,000 in extra upgrades can do to Hellcat? And that will just get it close to 100d sale price on stock tires.