Monday, November 17, 2008

Video : Drag race between Dodge EV vs Dodge Challenger SRT-8

When Dodge revealed the EV prototype, they set to aim this car against the Tesla Roadster. For those who don't know the Dodge EV, it's a 2-door electric coupe originally based on the Lotus Europa S.

However, with its 0-60MPH time of less than 5 seconds, and covering quarter-mile in 13 seconds, this electric coupe is right up with its bigger brother, the Challenger SRT-8. So Dodge had to pitch them together in a drag race to find out which is the fastest.

The Challenger SRT-8 is full muscle. It uses a 6.1L HEMI V8 to give out 425hp and 420lb-ft of torque. Because it has a heavy V8, the Challenger weighs 1.859 ton. On the other hand, the EV stands to the famous Lotus philosophy, "simplify, and add lightness". The small EV uses a small electric motor which gives out 200hp, but because it's a battery engine, the EV has 480lb-ft of torque. And let us not forget, the EV weighs just 995 kilos, so it's 864 kilos lighter than the Challenger.

So who's the winner? Is it the retro muscle car, or the modern electric sports car? Watch the video and find out.

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