Watch this nearly stock Dodge Demon crush all competition during a track day in Canada.
Ah, the wide open North, where the sun always shines, the birds always chirp, and the drag racers always turn rubber into clouds of smoke. We have the Wheels YouTube channel (by way of Motor1) to thank for bringing us this latest example of a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon crushing some upstart competitors who think their highly customized rides have any hope of winning against the purpose-built drag racer.
We love the Demon, but it’s always been a bit of a sore spot. You see, Dodge famously advertised the Demon as being capable of a quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds with a zero to sixty time of just 2.3 seconds. We love those numbers, but we often find them to be unobtainable by real-world cars with real-world drivers. There are tons of videos of Demons posting low 10-second quarter-mile times, but seeing one approach the fabled 9.65 second time is exceedingly rare.
Which is why we love this latest video from Mission Raceway Park in Mission BC. It must be something about the cold mountain air that gets the Demon’s supercharger at just the right temperature since we finally get to see a driver push that 6.2-L HEMI V8 to within range of what Dodge advertises.
On its first run against some converted pickup rat rod, the Demon gets an amazing start and even rears up on its rear wheels, rocketing down the line to achieve a final time of 9.84 seconds at 136.61 mph. That’s quick, but it would soon become quicker.
Round two is against an older classic car that must have been restored since it came close to beating the Demon. After a bit of a slow start, the Demon managed to catch up and finish in a time of 9.83 seconds at 136.19 mph.
This isn’t to sell the driver short at all--as fortuitous as the weather can be in British Columbia for drag racing, the driver will always be the biggest determinant of victory. But having some cool mountain air for its supercharger can’t hurt, and as we head into the winter months we expect to see quarter-mile times get a little closer to that fabled 9.65 time.