The Dodge Demon pushes the limits of what should be possible in a production car.
After an agonizingly long teaser trailer campaign to hype up your expectations, the reveal of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at the New York Auto Show was well worth the wait, much to our relief. Dodge lived up to its promise of delivering a monster muscle car that can rip up the road and dominate the drag strip without compromise. With 840-horsepower on tap and a 0-60 mph time of 2.3 seconds, the Dodge Demon is the fastest production car in the world, capable of running the quarter mile in just 9.65 seconds at 140 mph.
Now, Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained has taken the time to uncover the science behind the Demon’s capabilities that push the limits of what should be possible in a road-going production car. As he explains, the Demon was designed first and foremost to be the fastest production car to cover the quarter mile, making it less than ideal out on the track.
To achieve this, Dodge modified the Demon’s suspension to transfer as much weight to the rear as possible, causing the front wheels to lift on launch for the first time in a production car. Combined with its street-legal drag radials and transmission brake, it’s not surprising that the Demon can dominate the drag strip with ease. Fenske also questions Dodge’s claim that the Demon will generate 1.8g’s at launch and theorizes how it would fare in a drag race against the record-setting Tesla P100D, concluding that the Demon would beat the EV. We’ll let Fenske explain why in his in-depth video.