Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vs. Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye vs. Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE – Drag Race

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vs. Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye vs. Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE – Drag Race

January 18, 2020 100 By William Hollis


[MOTOR] [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: In an
Edmunds exclusive, we’ve got the Chevy Camaro Z01. [REVVING] Dodge Challenger Hellcat. [REVVING] And Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. [REVVING] These cars have never been
as powerful or as capable. And we have them outfitted
in their highest-performing configurations. The ZL1 has the
1LE Track Package. The Hellcat has the
Redeye Widebody. And the GT500 has the
carbon fiber track package. And they’re all automatics too. Yes, even the GT500, although
it’s technically a dual clutch. We’ve already tested these cars. But now we want to
find out which performs best in a heads-up drag race. KURT NIEBUHR: We’re going
to use launch control– all of us. Hopefully no one cheats. I’ve set my launch
control at 1,200. That’s as low as it goes. That’s a little chilly outside. The asphalt is a little cold. Tires are a little cold. I think the ambient temperature
is below 40 degrees. So it doesn’t look
good for Carlos and those heat-sensitive tires. ELANA SCHERR: I
would really like to beat Kurt in the Mustang. There is a launch control
setup which is really nice. It’s not just like a set thing. So if I was on a
really nice surface, I could set the
RPM a lot higher. And then I could basically
launch it full throttle. But because the surface
is cold and absolutely not treated in any way
to make it stickier, I’m going to put some
lunch RPM at 1,200. That’s the plan. Let’s see if it works. CARLOS LAGO: The
biggest challenge for this car, especially
today is these tires. They’re very
temperature-sensitive. And it’s very cold out. So I’m seeing 43
degrees on the dash. I’ll just kind of put my
faith in launch control, focus on keeping
the wheels straight, and hopefully give Mr. Judy
500 over here some trouble. KURT NIEBUHR: Her
car is really fast. His car is really fast. Hopefully this guy’s
a little faster. ELANA SCHERR:
Surprisingly nervous. [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 2: 5, 4, 3. [REVVING] Go. [MOTORS] KURT NIEBUHR: Come on, buddy. Oh, wheel space narly– Get out of here. [MOTOR] [LAUGHS] CARLOS LAGO: There you go. KURT NIEBUHR: Whoo. [LAUGHS] CARLOS LAGO: That went
about as expected. First large, full tires. Everybody had trouble
getting out of the hole. And everybody had trouble
getting out of it. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah,
it’s unfair that Kurt is totally sleeping on the
light and still gets to win. KURT NIEBUHR: Maybe if I had a
bigger engine, I’d go slower. CARLOS LAGO: [LAUGHS] SPEAKER 1: And grip
is already a problem when you have this kind of
power and only two drive wheels. But ice cold
ambient temperatures made hooking up even
more of a challenge. We took on the oh so difficult
task of heating up the tires– [REVVING] –and kept running
to get a fair pass. SPEAKER 2: Go. [REVVING] KURT NIEBUHR: I’d be bombed
if a car with 800 horsepower lost to a car with less
than 800 horsepower. ELANA SCHERR: Oh,
you barely have less, and you have like,
600 pounds less. KURT NIEBUHR: I
also have a wing. CARLOS LAGO: Hey, guys, I
also have wings and canards and stickier tires. KURT NIEBUHR: I’m not winning. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, but you
have a lot less horsepower. CARLOS LAGO: Is it cool
if I brag about being the least expensive car here? SPEAKER 1: No matter
how many times we ran, the result
was always the same. Mustang wins and undeniably so. SPEAKER 2: 3, 2, 1, go. CARLOS LAGO: Follow the lead. [MOTORS] Hands on. No, no, no, no! KURT NIEBUHR: [INAUDIBLE]. Come on! Good job, Pony or Snake. Do I call it Pony or Snake? Stony, Poke? ELANA SCHERR: Hate
launch control– stupid. KURT NIEBUHR: I’ll just
call it first place. CARLOS LAGO: You guys, I
think I need more nause. [MUSIC PLAYING] KURT NIEBUHR: Yes, testing,
acceleration on a street surface has some flaws,
especially with cars this powerful. But the interesting thing
is, we actually replicated our test results that we
got in our test track. And I believe if you were to go
to a drag strip with these cars and put them on
a prepped surface and put drag radials on
them, yeah, they go faster. But the placement would
probably remain the same. That said, how was
the challenger? ELANA SCHERR: Oh, are we
doing like a what did I learn? Because I learned I
do not like losing. I don’t like it at all. I am mad. KURT NIEBUHR: I could tell. ELANA SCHERR: I am
not having a good day. No, the Challenger is fun. Even when you’re losing,
the Challenger is fun. That supercharger
whine and like, how hard it hits when it
shifts, it’s pretty fantastic. But the robot’s just
aren’t smart enough yet. They just didn’t do quite
what I needed them to do. So I actually would get out
of the hole pretty well. I think I– I think I
might have [INAUDIBLE] you a couple of times, Kurt. But then around when
I shifted into third, car would be like, all
right, I think you’re good. Here you go, girl, 797 horses. And then it would
spin like, up there. So then I would watch him go by. But honestly I think even
if I had stayed stuck, he would have passed
me at the top. He was just pulling like crazy. KURT NIEBUHR:
That’s the problem. You have the most powerful,
but you get the heaviest car. And physics is physics, right? The Camaro is the opposite
where it’s the lightest car here with the least power but
it has like the most tire. But that tire only works
when there’s temperature. So like you, I was having
massive traction issues. I think all of us we’re
having massive tract– That actually kind of
put us on equal footing, because once we all hooked,
it all kind of worked out the way we’d all expect. But, yeah, the launch
control on that, especially with coldish tires really
had trouble getting out of the hole in first gear. Getting the launch was easy
anticipating the launch. Timing was good. And then once it hooked up,
it was just, OK, there’s the red car going by. And there’s Kurt smiling. I can see it even through
his fricking helmet. ELANA SCHERR: Oh, so annoying. Hate that guy. CARLOS LAGO: I just
radiated winning. [MOTOR] Actually, I was concerned
about getting the car moving, because you can activate launch
control, foot on the brake, put on the throttle. You take your foot
off the brake, and there is a solid one
count until the car moves. That’s really frustrating. It should be instantaneous. I don’t know why they put that
in there, but it’s in there. So I had to adjust my launch
based on when he would say one. And then I would let off. And I would sit. But, yeah, I think we all had
the same traction controls. When my car would
shift into second, it would just slide a bit toward
you as almost a wave at you. KURT NIEBUHR: As
you passed on by. CARLOS LAGO: Hooked
up and left, yeah. ELANA SCHERR: You know why Ford
put that little delay in there? CARLOS LAGO: Why ELANA SCHERR: To give people
time to start their Instagram videos. KURT NIEBUHR: [LAUGHS]
On that bombshell, GT500 wins this
drag strip battle. ELANA SCHERR: And none
of us like Kurt anymore. KURT NIEBUHR: Too bad. SPEAKER 1: Thanks for watching. Make sure to look
for our next video where we compare
these three cars and go into a lot more detail. Until then, hit Subscribe
and visit Edmunds.com to find your next perfect car. [MOTOR]