• Nov 18, 2008
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A few days ago we showed you some pics of the Dodge EV concept at a local car show in Southern California. It appears that the Dodge-branded, battery-powered Lotus Europa made a few other stops in the area as well, one of which was at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Alongside the EV, the Dodge boys were displaying, among other things, a Challenger SRT-8. Well, one thing led to another and before long a battle between '60s retro muscle and modern electric power was underway. Lucky for us, someone was there with a video camera to capture the fraternal pissing match. This impromptu drag race doesn't give us any clear indication of times, but you can definitely see the EV's advantage of light weight and instant-on torque from a stop. The concept electric vehicle jumps ahead at the start, but the Challenger hangs on. Just when the big HEMI seems to be getting a full head of steam, however, they run out of space. We've embedded the video for you after jump. Check it out and let us know how you think this battle would play out on a real 1/4 mile drag strip.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I call bull$hit on this "test." Like others have pointed out, you can see the Challenger back off. If it's legit, where are the side views? Folks are right to say this is apples and oranges.

      On a completely unrelated note, I just watched the bailout begging in its entirety on C-Span, and I'm very impressed with Robert Nardelli. If any company makes it out of this mess, it sounds like it will be Chrysler (oddly enough).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ladies if you can listen the challenger only goes through 2 gears. This is no quarter mile. Come on really.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This will never happen!!!
      Chrysler purchased this design/vehicle very last minute to get some money from government.
      For the last two years this has been known as Lotus concept. All of a sudden, Chrysler shows up with this as an electric car and a few months later Bush signs a bailout bill and 25 billions out of it are going to automotive industry. This is publicity stunt just to get some money once again, just like they did with purchasing GEM....
      They are a dead meat.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok guys,you are going to have to do better than that. The Challenger nose dropped on both runs. Who was driving? Some bleeding heart eco liberal?
      Get a real driver,and watch the wal-mart special blow a fuse.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im looking forward to all new electric cars in 2009-2010, mostly be cause the gas station will then see a even bigger decline and they then will not push there prices so high. http://www.autoblog.com/2008/11/18/video-dodge-ev-vs-dodge-challenger/ there i also have some comments to that
      • 6 Years Ago
      As an avid MOPAR person for more than 40 years,I'm not surprised to see an electric foreign pice off shit beat MOPAR muscle off the line.Give it a 1/4 mile.I bet it will stop to be recharged.Out run,not even close. You want fast,how about the new mag lev viper,how about 0 to 300 in 2 seconds,1/4 milw speeds should be about 500+ and stop in 200 feet. The day of the silent drag race is just around the technological corner. Big blocks giving 8,000+ horsepower,just need to plant the power,that will be next. If Armagedon doesn't start soon then we could be looking at some unbelieveable stuff coming. How about a NASCAR race and no cars,what then? NASCAR did it to itself. Going after the big bucks,now there isn't any.It will owned by he government,wow socialized racing. Only libereal fans will show up with there annual racing vouchers the government gives. I have said too much,but don't be to surpriised when it happens. Get the unions out of the car industry,and government out of regulation or is to late. Just think Obama bin ladin thing. Really messed up things time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      all i care is that they keep making al these videos about how great they can be making electric powered cars and then they don put them into production. if your tech is just for you tube videos just forget about the whole thing and go bunkrup. this pisses me off. i mean at least in area 51 they dont upload bs videos of things we wont see in 35 years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        hmm did not know that. but. is there going to be a EV power-train for the purpose shown in the video? cause i know that for example the Volt is coming to production, now do i want a Volt? Yes, because it saves gas right?. now the volt never was anything else but a gas saver. all good on that.
        Dodge is showing this EV beating a charger, but probably the first car that will have the EV power-train will be a gas saving small (slow) car or a super expensive SUV. The sports car will have to wait for sure.
        So to explain myself better what bothers me is that for example, a turbo company shows a car like a yaris making 10gassillion HP as a "test car" and then all that tech goes on a luxury car.
        Maybe i'm wrong. you seem to kno more than i do about what dodge will do so:
        are they going to take this same charger-beating drivetrain and put it in a miata-neon-focus-civic-solstice type of car?
        if the answer is yes, then my ranting is over.
        if the answer is no, then frack dodge.

        Thanks for the reply TJ
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow...
      Why does it seem that the Challenger is holding back...
      and why dont they put the viper body on that thing...
        • 6 Years Ago
        after watching it about 17 times it kinda looked like the Challenger hit the brakes halfway through the race....
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah... the rate of acceleration of the challenger just dropped off... he backed of... man even if i know it would have been staged... i would have toasted that EV if i could...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Watch the second run. Off the line, he definitely wasnt holding back. Broke em loose shifting into second, and you could hear that HEMI wasnt taking it easy. They were neck and neck till the Chally hit third gear and backed off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And to think, racing without loud engine noises to attract The Law's attention. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      This Challenger has a manual transmission. And since SRT-8s do not come with sticks, it is either a special SRT-8, or it is (more likely) a less powerful R/T.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 6-spd Challengers in both SRT and R/T trim are already out and have been for about a month. My dealership was delivered our first in mid-October. We have 3 currently on the lot, 2 SRT's and 1 R/T.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Challenger SRT-8's are going to have a 6-Speed next year. Allpar already tested one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually the 2009 model SRT's have the manual 6-speed as an option. My friend's is being delivered mid-January.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can get a 6-speed srt-8 challenger
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder what would've happened if Chrysler had not started with someone else's car in building this EV.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know the Tesla was based on the Elise. One would have to be a complete idiot to not see the similarities. Point is, from a small up-start like Tesla, I expect it. For a large company like Chrysler, and there history in building cars, it has the effect of sending out a message that they couldn't do it on their own or didn't believe they could.
        • 6 Years Ago
        chrysler doesnt exactly have a pile of mid engine sports cars lying around to toy with. its no secret theyre in financial trouble. they need to save money wherever they can. so if they can pull a lotus europa off the shelf, gut it and throw in a bunch of batteries and an electric motor and call it a dodge... they will. and they did. also, i dont think the average american even knows what a lotus europa is.

        i wouldnt even see a problem if dodge decided to sell the car exactly as is.... a car thats been designed and built overseas and sold under an american brand is hardly something new.
        • 6 Years Ago
        it probably would not have been built as quickly as it was....

        don't forget that the tesla roadster is a stretched elise

        lotuses seem to be a popular choice... makes sense with their attention to weight
      • 6 Years Ago
      I do feel the Challenger backed off, its because its 2 tons would be allot harder to stop than the lil EV's 300 pounds ;-)
      Moving at the speed of -Light?
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