Check out the vaunted Dodge Demon take on a Tesla Model S in a quarter-mile drag race.
There’s been a lot of talk from Dodge about their track-ready Challenge Demon, the 800+ horsepower monster that’s supposed to defeat any production vehicle in a drag race. And while the Demon has posted some pretty impressive theoretical numbers, nothing beats a real race between real people to see which car is the fastest.
In a new video posted to DragTimes on YouTube, one proud Demon owner decided to put on his racing slicks and fill his tank with 100 octane gasoline to see how it stacks up against a number of supercars. He spent all day at the track fending off all comers from Lamborghini, McLaren, and even a mutant SUV based off a Ford F-150.
And sitting silently in the corner was the new kid on the block, the Tesla Model S. But this wasn’t any old Model S—it was the Model S P100D Ludicrous Edition, the most powerful Model S ever build.
The Dodge Demon comes with a 6.2-L V8 and a 2.7-L supercharger, which when given 100 octane racing fuel produces 840 hp and 770 lb⋅ft.
The Tesla, on the other hand, shuns gasoline of all kinds. It has twin electric motors that produce a combined 762 hp and 687 lb⋅ft of torque. It also has all-wheel drive, no gears to worry about shifting, and a computer-controlled launch mode called Ludicrous Plus that provides perfect launches every time.
Those last three points would prove pivotal in the Demon vs Model S battle.
Although the Demon took the first race by 0.1 seconds with a 10.4 finish, the Model S would fire back in round two with a sub 10-second finish, beating the Demon by 0.8 seconds.
It should be noted that while the Demon has a much higher overall top speed thanks to the Tesla’s limited 155 mph cap, the Model S P100D is one of the fastest accelerating cars on the planet. The P100D is advertised by Tesla to hit 60 mph from a standstill in 2.5 seconds, but testing from independent sources has put it as low as 2.275 seconds.
So, while the Demon will clearly win the long-distance race, in a quarter-mile drag race the Model S is the clear winner.