Dodge Demon Can Cool Intake Air Using Air Conditioner

We have been taunted and teased with snippets of details about the exciting new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon for some time and there is still much we do not know.


All will be revealed in just less than two weeks when the Demon is finally unveiled at the 2017 New York auto show. We have been told how it had been produced to take off at speed like drag racer but we need to look more closely at the engine to determine how it performs once it gets going, especially considering the heat it is likely to produce at that sort of output.

The supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 is going to take some serious cooling to survive for any length of time and Dodge has made quite sure of that. They have made very necessary enhancements to the cooling system to handle not only the engine heat but the exterior extremes of temperature it will sometime be expected to perform in.

The main technology they have employed is what is known as charge air which is quite simply compressed air that comes out of the supercharger. According to Dodge, this is the first time this technology has been used on a production car. Clearly it was a modification of necessity. Normal vehicles use a more traditional method of taking ambient air or coolant to keep temperatures down. These normally work with an intercooler on higher end cars.

When you select drag mode on the Demon, the vehicle takes cooling one step further by even using the internal cool cabin air that has been air-conditioned to add to the charge air. Although the specifics are still unclear, Doge tell us that this innovation can drop intake air temps by as much as 45 degrees F.

Added to that, the Demon will also have what is the largest functional hood scoop ever made and each headlight will boast integrated air inlets. Both of these serve to maximize air intake while cooling it considerable before it feeds into the supercharger. So April 11 is the big day and the public will finally get to see the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in all its glory. I am sure it will draw a lot of attention at the NY auto show.