Video helps convict speeding Hellcat driver, over 300km/h

A 22-year-old man in the US has been charged with reckless driving after sprinting down a freeway in his Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat at 318km/h.

William Jefferson, the man behind the wheel of the Hellcat, was not stopped by police while driving. He uploaded footage to Youtube – which has since been taken down – where it was reported to authorities, and Jefferson was ultimately charged with street racing and reckless driving.

In a news video below you can see the Hellcat roar past the camera, while an interior shot of the speedometer shows a 198mph (318km/h) top speed. Just for reference, the Challenger Hellcat’s top speed is rated at 328km/h, meaning Jefferson was just 10km/h shy. The events took place in North Carolina, on the US-1 freeway.

Jefferson’s charges are set to include traveling at 318km/h in a 110km/h zone, which is more than 200km/h over the speed limit, as well as travelling 160km/h in a 60km/h zone. Maybe he thought he was on Germany’s Autobahn?

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is one hell of a machine, pushing out 527kW/881Nm from its 6.2-litre supercharged V8 (upgraded to 535kW for MY2019). 0-100km/h is taken care of in 3.4 seconds, while the quarter-mile is handled in 10.8 seconds at 211km/h.

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Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.