A 2018 Ford GT takes on a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in a half-mile drag race.
This race is interesting because neither of these cars is in their elements. The Ford GT is a track-based supercar, designed to perform in endurance races like the famous GT40 from which it derives its name. Whereas the Demon is specifically created to dominated on a quarter-mile drag strip. Any longer than that and the Demon’s insane power can’t be applied as efficiently thanks to gears that are designed to get to a quarter-mile as quickly as possible.
That and the Demon really needs drag radials on a prepared drag strip to perform anywhere near the 2.2-second 0-60 time Dodge advertises.
On paper, the two cars are a weird matchup. The GT is a 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 with 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 216 mph. A proper 7-speed dual-clutch transmission provides power to the rear wheels and the whole thing clocks in at just 3,354 lbs.
The Demon, on the other hand, is a big hulking brute designed to go fast as obnoxiously as possible. Power comes from a 6.2-L supercharged V8 with 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque so long as you feed it the right gasoline. An 8-speed automatic is tooled to shift faster than a human could ever hope to achieve, and various technical bits are provided to further specialize the Demon into a drag race monster.
But at Wannagofast half-mile shootout in Florida last weekend, the Demon wasn’t on a drag strip. It was on an airstrip. And airstrips don’t have a lovely layer of rubber to help the tires grip.
Thus, we see both cars spin their wheels off the line, but the Demon seems to have more difficulty putting power to pavement than the GT. The GT is in v-max mode, which prevents the rear wing from rising (except when it’s time to stop) and also hunkers the suspension down a good 2-inches.
Not that it really needed the help.
The GT walks away from the Demon after its disastrous start and the Dodge just can’t recover. Both cars hit the 157 mph mark by the time a half mile is done, but the GT is the clear winner.