By   April 10, 2015

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How’s this for a battle between two icons of our time? In one corner sits the car of the future. Decked out in sleek black, it’s the Tesla Model S P85D. Riding 691 ponies to reach 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, the P85D’s electric engines – that’s right, it has a motor for each set of wheels – is the kind of thing science fiction writers would put under the hood of a flying car.

In the other corner sits the throwback. In lime green, it’s the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Sure, gas-guzzling muscle cars might have had their heyday decades ago, but the Hellcat is living proof there is definitely still a place for them in this increasingly environmentally concerned world. True, the only thing green about this car might be the paint on its exterior, but some people are willing to overlook that for the insane 707 horsepower it has under the hood.

The First Matchup

With such incredible numbers coming from such disparate kinds of car culture, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that when these two models met in a drag race in January, it became a minor viral sensation. The Hellcat was left looking unwieldy, too big for its own good and – worst of all – kind of slow next to the Tesla P85D. The P85D looked like it was hooked up to the slingshot on an aircraft carrier. Its rapid acceleration had zero lateral movement and its tires produced no smoke. Fans of electric engines rejoiced. The future is now!

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Operator Error?

While that story might have fit in with the narrative that big, gas-guzzling cars can no longer even be respected on the racetrack, the truth was a little more complicated. It turned out the driver of the Hellcat was not the most experienced driver. He admitted it himself on a Challenger forum. Apparently, he only agreed to race after a last-minute request by the track announcer. He had never tried launching it before. No one should be surprised to learn that handling a 707-horsepower vehicle takes a little bit of practice, and this guy needed some.

Time for a Rematch

Well, apparently the driver found some time to practice some drag racing in his Hellcat. He also found time to buy some more appropriate tires to avoid doing a one-eighth mile burnout like he did on his first go round. This time, he managed to hit 125.92 mph and finish in 11.08 seconds to the Tesla’s 112.11 mph and 11.92 seconds.

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JohnnyHellcat, as the driver is known on the Hellcat forum, was gracious in victory and had a message of reconciliation for every kind of driver: “It doesn’t matter if those cars are American or foreign, gas or electric. In the end it’s really just about people having fun and enjoying their cars, and that’s what we did tonight! I believe we left the track as friends.”

It’s nice to see JohnnyHellcat refrained from gloating. One thing is for sure: When these two cars get together, everybody wins.

Scott Huntington is an auto writer for Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.