2004 Rumble Bee Sets Quarter-Mile Record

Apr 1, 2022 2 min read
2004 Rumble Bee Sets Quarter-Mile Record

Yes, that thing’s got a Hemi!

"That thing got a Hemi?" This is a phrase that we've all heard at some point, whether it was from the original commercial or some obscure meme sent to us by one of our car friends. Many Mopar owners have probably been asked this more than once, especially when driving around their RAM pickup truck. However, we doubt that most of them have seen a RAM with an engine so incredible that it can consistently lay down 9-second quarter-mile times. Yet, that's precisely what this triumphant truck is, which is why it just set a world record for the fastest Hemi-powered RAM pickup truck.

This is a 2004 Dodge RAM Rumble Bee that the owner purchased when he was just 18 years old. Over the years, the truck went through many different modifications, ranging from simple bolt-on parts to a complete twin-turbo system. Nowadays, the owner is rolling around with a massive 438 ci Hemi V8 engine, which sports two turbochargers and a ridiculous amount of power. Some other modifications include a drag racing suspension setup, slicks on the rear wheels, and a sequential transmission. This adds up to a badass drag strip dominator that can still carry plenty of stuff in the bed for those special times that require a bit more utility.

As this thing pulls up to the starting line, we can hear what sounds like a mild cam and a couple of massive turbos spooling up. While we are not sure which record he is trying to beat, we can say that the fastest production RAM is the TRX at 12.1 seconds on the ¼-mile, and it would appear that the record for modded examples is in the very low 9-second range. This truck is already very close to beating the paper with a quarter-mile time of around 9.3 seconds, but things are about to be way crazier. In its second pass, the truck ran an 8.9-second quarter-mile, officially breaking into the 8-second range and becoming the world's fastest Hemi-powered RAM pickup truck. It took a lot of work over decades of building to get to where it is today, and we applaud him for finally completing this incredible goal.

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