Did You Know That Dodge Demon Goes From 0-60 In Just 2.3 Seconds?!

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat had some pretty impressive stats for the quarter mile but it was always meant to be an everyday muscle car, powerful and fast yes but not a specifically drag car.

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The intention when they created the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was a different story altogether. From the start, it was intended that this amazing 840 hp beast would perform on the drag strip. And perform it does. All the features and design specs point to this and Dodge could only utilize this sort of power with stickier and wider tires and the adaptive suspension that allows for incredible weight transfer. We wanted, no, needed to know, exactly how they were able to do the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds in a 4,280-pound car let alone a 0-60 mph time of 2.3-second.

It was decided that the only way to get the facts was from the horse’s mouth, so it had to be Head of Passenger Car Brands for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Tim Kuniskis. He spoke to reporters at the recent New York auto show gave us the lowdown. We can now share what he said with you. The testing was all done on a well-used dragstrip. The benefit of that is the rubber that had been put down by the over 10,000 cars that had previously raced the strip mad a massive difference in traction, allowing the Demon to grip and go with ease.

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This would never be the same in a different environment and makes a massive difference. For testing, it was run in stock condition using a Direct Connection powertrain controller and used 100-octane racing fuel. They also removed the rear and passenger seat. At the rear were 315 mm wide Nitto NT05R tires at around 19-20 psi. In the front the used the skinny frontrunners from the Demon Crate. “If you look at the wheel, you see a little demon tail engraved in the side of the wheel. So, you put a chalk line on the tire next to the tail to see if you get any slip,” Kuniskis explained.

“If you get any slip, shit, you better put some more air pressure in there and figure out what’s going on. If you get slippage, you could get a blowout.” The next thing they did was hold back the massive power at the start. They did this through a combination of what they refer to as torque reserve and employing a trans brake. “You don’t want to blow the tires away or put too much stress on the transbrake, so we hold that back, and that’s why you hear that weird sound, dut-dut-dut-dut-dut-dut-dut. The car is misfiring so it can run a faster rpm to build boost but not build all the power,” Kuniskis told reporters.

The transbrake locks the clutches increases brake pressure. The driver simply hits a button at take off to activate the transbrake. “Within 150 milliseconds of releasing that finger, full power all the way to the wheels, all the way through the driveline. Cylinders are activated, spark advanced, fuel, all the way to the wheels, to the ground,” Kuniskis said