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This Dodge Demon Proves Why Big Wheels and Low-Pro Tires Have No Place On the Drag Strip

Watch what happens when you swap out drag radials for street spec high risers

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The Demon is essentially a drag racer based on the Dodge Challenger platform. Dodge made this beast for those people who wanted more from the Challenger Hellcat. A Supercharged V-8 is the appropriate engine of choice for the Challenger. Due to high demand, Dodge built a limited number of Dodge Demon’s that took the Hellcat equation and pushed it to a new dimension.

This Dodge Demon Proves Why Big Wheels and Low-Pro Tires Have No Place On the Drag Strip
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Although the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has been out of production since 2018 and has since been replaced by theChallenger SRT Hellcat Super Stock, the Demon still remains a drag racing powerhouse. When it was first launched, Dodge claimed that the Demon would run the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds on drag radial tires, making it the world’s fastest car at the time.

Fast forward to today, and the Demon managed to get even faster in the hands of drag racers.

Demonology from YouTube took the Dodge Demon into the eight-second zone back in December 2020. With a trap speed of 149 mph, this modified dragster ran the quarter-mile in just 8.99 seconds, which is more than a half-second faster than stock.

He further broke his record by sprinting the quarter-mile in 8.8 seconds at 152 mph in January. 

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Demonology set an even faster time in May, setting a new record thanks to a Nitrous-Oxide upgrade. The Demon demolished the quarter-mile in 8.78 seconds, with a trap speed of nearly 157 mph. The engine has been also modified extensively, and its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 is well beyond the factory specs.

Dodge Demon Factory Specifications

ENGINE SUPERCHARGED 6.2-LITER HEMI DEMON V-8
Availability Standard on Challenger SRT Demon
Type and Description 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement 370 cu. in. (6,166 cu.cm)
Bore x Stroke 4.09 x 3.58 (103.9 x 90.9)
Valve System Pushrod-operated overhead valve, 16 valves with sodium-filled exhausts and hollow stem intakes, 16 hydraulic roller lifters
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Power (estimated SAE net) 840 HP @ 6,300 RPM (Direct Connection Performance Engine Controller and high-octane unleaded fuel)
808 HP @ 6,300 RPM
Torque (estimated SAE net) 770 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM (Direct Connection Performance Engine Controller and high-octane unleaded fuel)
717 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM
Max. Engine Speed 6,500 RPM
TRANSMISSION TORQUEFLITE 8HP90 EIGHT-SPEED AUTOMATIC
Availability Standard
Description Adaptive electronic control with full manual control via gear selector or paddle shifters, with three SRT-unique selectable modes: Street, Sport and Drag (features TransBrake™, rev-matching, performance shifting and gear holding feature)
Torque converter 151k
0 to 60 mph 2.3 seconds
Quarter mile 9.65 seconds @ 140 mph

The 2.7-liter Supercharger that forces air into the 6.2-liter V-8 by itself demands over a hundred horsepower run it. When the Demon runs on high-octane racing fuel, 0-60 mph takes just 2.3 seconds with the standard drag radials installed.

All passenger seats were removed on the Demon to save weight, and it weighed 215 pounds lighter than the Hellcat on which it was based. The Demon came with only a driver’s seat as standard, and if you wanted to put those passenger seats back, they were available as a one-dollar add-on.

This Dodge Demon Proves Why Big Wheels and Low-Pro Tires Have No Place On the Drag Strip
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A couple of days ago, Demonology put out a video where the Dodge was fitted with a pair of 24-inch sized Corleone Forged wheels. This Demon now has big-lip rims, similar to those found on high-rises. He then took the car to an NHRA event for some severe rubber-burning and drag racing.

These massive rims fit snugly under the Demon’s huge fenders. As we know, in drag racing, the sidewalls of the tires play a crucial role in getting off the line, so what exactly happens when you don’t have those sidewalls and have street spec wheels instead?

This Dodge Demon Proves Why Big Wheels and Low-Pro Tires Have No Place On the Drag Strip
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Well, from the video, we can say that it’s not all show and no go. The Demon does look pretty epic pulling up to the Christmas Tree. Despite the tires sliding, this heavily upgraded Demon pulls off an impressive burnout and appears to have set a reasonable time even though the 840 horsepower was deployed just to the rear wheels.

Demonology didn’t give a quarter-mile time, however, in the video, Demonology says that there’s a learning curve with these new 24 inch rims and he’ll be getting new tires to eliminate the slipping.

You can Demonolgy’s entire Video Below

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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