2,300-HP Drag Race: Nissan Altima Vs. Dodge Charger Hellcat

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RIP Hellcat

We love a good drag race, especially when it's two oddballs doing the racing. Today's video is no different: in one corner we have the mighty Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and in the other corner we have a Nissan Altima. You read that right; an Altima. Now the Hellcat we know and love: it's a beast of a car and is no stranger to the drag strip, but the Nissan Altima is definitely an odd choice.

This midsize Japanese family sedan is better known for being like a Toyota Camry, though not exactly (I think my dentist drives one). However, the Nissan in this video is no standard Altima: it's a fire breathing twin-turbo, 1,300 horsepower pro drift car that takes no prisoners.

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Hoonigan/YouTube
Hoonigan/YouTube
Hoonigan/YouTube

At the start of the video we get a quick breakdown of each vehicle, and even on paper, things don't look too good for the Charger Hellcat. The Charger makes around 1,000 hp from its twin-turbocharged (the supercharger blew up) 6.2-liter V8 engine. Power is sent to the rear wheels via the stock eight-speed transmission that has been beefed up with some stronger half shafts, which have to shift 4,600 pounds of weight.

Now the Altima is a different beast altogether. This car packs around 1,300 hp from its twin-turbo 4.1-liter V6 engine (it was making closer to a 1,000 on the day). Power gets sent to the rear via a quick-shifting six-speed sequential transmission. The Altima only weighs 3,170 lbs, so it has the clear power advantage, a clear weight advantage, and a clear power-to-weight advantage.

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In the first race, the drivers go head to head over a thousand feet. From the start its clear that the Charger doesn't stand a chance. The Altima smokes the tires through all its gears, and simply walks away from the Hellcat. The owner of the Hellcat blames the transmission.

Cool story bro. In the second run, the Charger gets a car length and the hit, but still loses by a mile. The final run sees the cars start from a 60 mph roll. The Charger does slightly better, but the outcome is the same. What have we learned today? Don't race 1,000 hp stripped-out race cars with sequential transmissions.

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Hoonigan/YouTube
Hoonigan/YouTube

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