You'd think Challenger owners would learn that trying to beat a Tesla on the strip is not a wise choice.
There's sort of a strange rivalry between the Tesla Model S and the Dodge Challenger. The reason we say strange is that it really makes no sense for a number of reasons. But hey, it's two very fast cars that are most successful in a straight line and offer plenty of passenger and cargo space in comparison to most track cars.
Tesla Model S 'Challenged'
Nonetheless, time and time again we see this matchup resurface. Dodge went so far as to produce an even quicker variant - the Demon - in an attempt to finally top the Tesla Model S P100D, but when it didn't seal the deal, the automaker added a disclaimer, which all but admits that the Tesla is quicker.
In this particular race, the matchup is a bit different. The Tesla Model S is a P85 (rather than the top-of-the-line P100D) and, similarly, the Challenger SRT 392 is the lesser sibling of Dodge's Hellcat and Demon variants. Still, its 6.4-liter V8 engine churns out 485 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque. It's often a champion when it comes to drag racing ... unless there happens to be a Tesla in the house.
As you can see in the video above, the SRT gets a solid start. How much difference does that make in the end?
Video Description via Wheels on YouTube:
Tesla model S P 85 takes on Dodge Challenger SRT 392 in 1/4 mile drag race.