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Dodge has their recently revealed electric vehicle line-up in L.A for the upcoming Auto Show and, at the tail end of a press event in the Rosebowl parking lot, had occasion to indulge in a little "impromptu" drag racing. The two cars involved were the Lotus Europa Dodge EV and a Dodge Challenger they "just happened" to have laying around. Now, electric cars are known for their instant torque off the line and, as the Tesla Roadster recently demonstrated, make pretty good quarter mile sprinters. However, the Challenger not only looks intimidating but packs a lung disease-inducing 6.1 liter Hemi under it's striped hood. That's good for 425 horses with 420 lb ft of torque. Yikes! The Dodge EV has its own secret weapon though (its driver) and gamely noses up to the line for the confrontation. Hit the jump to watch the pair of parking lot passes.



[Source: Los Angeles Times]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing would have to be $150,000 since it's a Tesla roadster only in a more expensive Lotus chassis this time. So you can forget that pipe dream right now. ETs of these electric cars are impressive, but take a drive in one some time. Boring as hell. Drag racing with no noise and no shifting? What's the point of drag racing again?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Considering that the Dodge EV has a slightly longer 0-60 mph time and a somewhat shorter driving range compared to the Tesla Roadster, I suspect that the Dodge EV is using a more conventional fiberglass or aluminum body, instead of a Tesla style ultra-light carbon fiber body, and the battery pack is probably a bit smaller as well. Both of those would indicate a less expensive design for the Dodge EV.

        I'd estimate the sales price somwhere between $60K and $80K
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Europa is a bigger, heavier car than the Elise. The Dodge EV has probably never done a 0-60 run, they just calculated the theoretical time. This car will never be sold by Do9dge so the speculating on the price is somewhat pointless. If Lotus sells it you can bet it'll be $150,000.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What _is_ the point of drag racing?

        :p
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you want a sports car the MOST important detail is WEIGHT!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Precisely! With a compact Lotus designed frame, the Dodge EV probably weighs less than that big chunk of Detroit iron, in spite of the heavy battery pack.

        I also noticed that the Dodge EV seems to hold the line better than the Challenger. That Challenger wavered a bit under heavy acceleration.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the charger isn't even going full speed in either of the runs. he shifts painfully slowly and lets off on the throttle. they want the ev to win pretty badly when i think the charger would have won.

      and also, are these ev cars ever going to come out? i want one but they always seem 3 years down the road...
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are exactly right!
        You can even hear him sandbagging-
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not only can you hear when the driver of the Charger let's off. At the end of the second run the person behind the camera even says, "awww, he let off...".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, a great exciting race, but, to me the point is the Millions of dollars they pump into the GAS engine every year has been given a beat down from Gen 1.0 of the Electric Revolution.

      Imagine the EV after Electric Motor, and batteries are developed through revision 3.0. They will be Untouchable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That should satisfy even smallest of pen&sheads around here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is not far electric car against a gas powerd car. Electric moter give you speed real fast. To race it pick the Dodge Challenger SRT10. Now that would be a race to see.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To be honest though even the standard engined evora probably would have dealt a crushing blow to that lardy challenger
      • 6 Years Ago
      Flat torque curve for the win, off the line at least. I realized that the gas engine represented old technology when I saw video of the odd looking little tzero blowing away Corvettes and Ferraris years ago.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And only 400 hp from a 6 liter engine? That's an insurance hp number.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Steve-o said:

      "Let me know when I can drive one 900 miles across the country in one day"

      900 miles at a stretch? Do you have a steel ass? Anytime I've ever driven more than 200 miles at a stretch, I wanted to GET THE F*** OUT OF THE CAR.

      Some people even want to *eat* during long road trips! Nevermind a few other bodily functions that can't be accomplished in a car...

      If you ask me, 900 miles is a distance you should be *flying* not driving.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, some people do this distance. I do personally a few times a year for business and to visit family. ~900 miles, 14.5 hours or so each way. It's SO much less expensive to drive (and not have to rent a car when I get there) especially in a Prius so flying really isn't an option for me. (The payback on the business trips would take much longer to boot.)

        That said, I would love the chance to have a 100+ mile range EV and would use it every chance I got, which would be a lot more often than those occasional long trips...probably 80% or more of my total miles could be electric.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Electric cars are a joke. Let me know when I can drive one 900 miles across the country in one day, with a 4 minute refill at most anywhere I choose to stop. Until then, keep them on the dragstrip where people can pretend they are useful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow Chrysler has a hit on their hands! now if they can only make it affordable...
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