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Dodge has already launched seven teasers for the upcoming Challenger SRT Demon and it has been pretty clear that the muscle car was designed to destroy any competition at the drag strip. Still skeptical about that? Well, it’s time you find out that the Demon is equipped with a range of race-hardened parts and that it has tech that protects the driveline from damage during hard launches. You can also forget about wheel hop, as the car’s Launch Assist system uses the wheel speed sensors to watch for signs that the tires are slipping or sticking.

What this means is that if slip is detected, the SRT Demon’s control module reduces engine torque to maximize traction almost instantly, without the driver having to lift his foot off the throttle. Launch Assist also reduces loads in the driveline from wheel hop by more than 15-20 percent, thus reducing component damage. This is an industry-first feature and should help the Demon deliver impressive quarter-mile runs.

Dodge also upgraded several components in order to improve durability and power delivery. For instance, it upgraded the torque shaft by using high-strength steel and a 20-percent increase in tube thickness and heat treated stub-shafts, which increases torque capacity by 15 percent. A new differential housing made from heat-treated aluminum alloy also enhanced torque capacity by 30 percent. Additionally, upgraded 41-spline half shafts deliver 20 percent increased torque capacity. This was accomplished through the use of increased diameter high-strength low alloy steel and eight-ball joints that improve torque capacity while reducing operating temperatures by more than 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Drivetrain upgrades aside, Dodge revealed that the driver will be able to use a new four-point harness bar at the track. It’s made by Speedlogix and it can be installed without cutting or drilling anything in the car, as mounting points were made accessible in the back. As a quick reminder, the Demon doesn’t have rear seats.

Stay tuned for another teaser next week and don’t forget to tune in for the full update from the 2017 New York Auto Show in April.

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Press Release

Building up to the April 11 introduction of the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in New York, Dodge has launched a series of teaser videos to explain how the Demon is designed to maximize performance on the drag strip with increased traction, increased weight transfer and increased torque multiplication. All are great for improving performance, but they also put added stress on the Challenger SRT Demon’s driveline.

This week, the newest Challenger SRT Demon teaser, “Race-hardened Parts,” unveiled March 2 at www.ifyouknowyouknow.com, explains how the Demon’s driveline is upgraded to handle these increased loads.

Compared with the Challenger Hellcat, critical driveline updates include:

Upgraded prop shaft increases torque capacity by 15 percent: Accomplished through the use of high-strength steel, a 20-percent increase in tube thickness and heat treated stub-shafts.
Upgraded differential housing, with 30 percent increased torque capacity: Accomplished through the use of heat-treated A383 aluminum alloy and a higher strength gear set material that has been shot-peened to increase durability and reduce residual stresses.
Upgraded 41-spline half shafts that deliver 20 percent increased torque capacity: Accomplished through the use of increased diameter high-strength low alloy steel and 8-ball joints that improve torque capacity while reducing operating temperatures by more than 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then the SRT engineers went digital to isolate and resolve one of the biggest challenges to clean launches and driveline integrity – wheel hop.

In simple terms, wheel hop happens when tires quickly slip and regain traction at launch, rapidly storing up and releasing energy in the driveline. These high torque spikes can quickly and severely damage driveline components – and up until now, the only solution was to back out of the throttle.

Not with the Challenger SRT Demon. In a first for a factory production car, the SRT Demon’s Launch Assist uses the wheel speed sensors to watch for signs that the tires are slipping/sticking. If slip is detected, the SRT Demon’s control module momentarily reduces engine torque to maximize traction almost instantly – without the driver having to lift. Launch Assist reduces loads in the driveline from wheel hop by more than 15-20 percent, dramatically reducing component damage.

And finally ... for the driver, there is a new four-point harness bar, available through Speedlogix, for use while at the track. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s rear seat is deleted and mounting points are made accessible, making it easy for customers to install the bar without cutting or drilling anything in the car.

Fans should visit www.ifyouknowyouknow.com to watch “Race-hardened Parts” and the other 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon videos. Remember, nothing is a coincidence and everything means something.

Fans can also uncage their excitement for the reveal of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon by posting shares, comments or likes across the Dodge brand’s official YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels. Dodge will surprise 10 loyal fans with an invitation to the hotly anticipated SRT Demon reveal during New York’s auto show week.

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