Another day, another record. Is the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon the fastest car to date? According to some sources, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon had just beaten the Tesla Model S’ record for being quickest at accelerating.
Not so long ago, Tesla announced that its non-performance Tesla Model S broke the record of its fastest car to accelerate, the Model S P100 D - which is the performance version. The performance version clocked at 2.3 seconds, while the non-performance beat that record with a 2.28 second run from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour). But move over Tesla, because you are not alone in this game.
This world of ours never gets satisfied. We always want more - more of everything. But in this specific community, we know what we want - more powerful or faster cars. Having said that, the Dodge Challenger DRT Demon had to take up a challenge, under the same circumstances as Motor Trend’s P100 0-to-60 mile run. The rules were basic - from a stop, the Dodge will accelerate to 60 miles per hour (96 kph) in 2.3 seconds, but with a rollout of an extra seven inches before the timer begins.
Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars at FCA North America, said that it was even quicker than that. In a shocking 2.1 seconds, the Dodge sprinted from a standstill to a sixty. That is with less weight as the passenger and rear seats were taken out, and with the help of Direct Connection powertrain controller, and 100-octane racing fuel - these can all be done as an option by the factory. The Tesla P100D on the other hand, reached 0 to 60 in 2.53 seconds without a rollout, and with all standard equipment - still an impressive number!
If you haven’t heard, the Demon has a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine under its hood, bringing 840 horsepower. The Demon is too fast for the track. In fact, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has “banned” it due to its ability to run a quarter mile in less than 10 seconds. They mentioned that the Demon needs to have a roll cage to be able to compete. However, most tracks follow that rule too.
What’s cool is that Hennessey Performance wants to make the most of the Demon by bumping it up to 1,500 horsepower. Making it more exciting are its exterior upgrades such as new headers, a roll cage, and a parachute (to help slow down a speeding car).