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A 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has been filmed slamming into two concrete poles in Arizona.

Th footage was captured by a security camera and was recently shared on Reddit. While the exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined, the driver of the powerful muscle car claims that it wasn’t his fault.

As the Challenger comes into view of the security camera, it’s clear that the car is going sideways. Unable to control it, the driver had no way of avoiding the two concrete columns and nearly took out a pedestrian.

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The crash was significant enough to compromise one of the concrete supports and destroy the front of the car. The brunt of the impact with the second column was concentrated on the driver’s side door. Clearly, this Hellcat is heading straight to the scrapyard and won’t be driven ever again.

Given how powerful the Challenger SRT Hellcat is, being involved in accidents isn’t that surprising, and mostly it’s due to a driver being a little too throttle-happy. However, the driver in this case claims that the brakes of the car locked up.

We’re not crash investigators, but it does seem a little odd that a brake failure would cause the rear of the car to snap out so suddenly along a piece of arrow-straight road. Then again, we only get to see a few seconds before the Hellcat hit the poles, so we can’t tell for sure. In any case, the driver should count himself lucky to have escaped from this crash.

 


Alibaba and SAIC have joined forces to launch an all-new automotive brand called Zhiji Auto / IM.

Set to become China’s latest premium electric vehicle maker, the company will have a lineup that includes a stylish sedan and crossover.

The sedan features a streamlined design and an intelligent lighting system which reportedly consists of 2.6 million pixels of light. They can be used to show animations as well as the charging status.

Besides the high-tech lights, the sedan has flush-mounted door handles and aerodynamic wheels. We can also see a panoramic glass roof, a roof-mounted sensor pod and full-width taillights.

Also Read: Geely Joins Forces With Chinese Search Giant Baidu To Build Intelligent Electric Cars

The upscale styling continues in the cabin as drivers will find semi-aniline leather, wood trim and metallic accents. The sedan has also been equipped with dual pane windows and electric closing doors.

Those features are nice, but they’re largely overshadowed by a 39-inch widescreen display that rises out of the dashboard and is broken up into three different sections. If that wasn’t enough screen space, there’s a secondary 12.8-inch display that ramps out of the center console like in the 2021 Mercedes S-Class.

Speaking of technology, the car has been equipped with 15 high-definition cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and five millimeter wave radars. They’re used for the semi-autonomous driving system and Tesla-like summon feature.

At the end of the year, IM will reportedly offer point-to-point autonomous driving. Details are limited and it’s reportedly dependent on government approval.

However, NVIDIA confirmed the vehicles use their DRIVE Orin compute platform and have multiple Orin SoCs. They allow for “500 to 1,000+ TOPS [trillion operations per second] of performance for automated and autonomous capabilities in addition to in-cabin personalization that is continuously upgradable over-the-air for a truly software-defined experience.”

On the performance front, there are two electric motors which give the vehicles all-wheel drive as well as a combined output of 536 hp (400 kW / 544 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. This will enable the sedan to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds.

A 93 kWh battery comes standard, while a 115 kWh battery will also be available. With the latter, the sedan will reportedly have a range of up to 543 miles (874 km) in the NEDC cycle.

Interestingly, the car is set to come with the world’s first mass-produced high-speed wireless electric vehicle charger. It charges at up to 11 kW and can give the car a range of 43-50 miles (70-80 km) in as little as an hour.

Getting back to performance, the vehicles ride on an aluminum architecture and feature chassis tuning by Williams. We can also expect an adaptive damping system and rear wheel steering.

The sedan will be showcased at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, while the crossover will follow in 2022.

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Dodge opened the order books to the Durango SRT Hellcat last November and stated that it would only be available for one model year.

It is now being reported that production of the powerful SUV will end in June, with Dodge expecting to build around 2,000 examples.

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Speaking with dealers, Mopar Insiders was recently informed that Dodge is preparing to ramp-up production of the vehicle at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. The manufacturer is prioritizing the builds of vehicles that have already been sold before wrapping up production in June.

The obvious highlight of the Durango SRT Hellcat is the fact that it uses FCA’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that in this guise delivers 710 hp and 645 lb-ft (874 Nm) of torque. Coupled to this engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Dodge claims the SUV requires just 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph (96 km/h). The flagship Durango will continue through to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) and can run the quarter-mile in less than 12 seconds, and it can also tow up to 8,700 lbs (3,946 kg).

To ensure it can handle all that power, the Durango SRT Hellcat features a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive dampers and a Brembo braking system with six-piston calipers and 15.8 inch (401 mm) discs up front and four-piston calipers and 13.8 inch (351 mm) discs at the back.