Fiat Chrysler yesterday released the second teaser video for the upcoming Dodge Challenger Demon SRT, which revealed the factory-built drag racer will undergo a weight reduction process that will could make it lighter than the 4,000+ lb Challenger Hellcat on which it’s based.
The Demon will be the first lightened Challenger destined for production, but it’s not the first lightweight fourth-generation Challenger ever built by Dodge. That distinction goes to the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR, a one-off Challenger built for the road course and displayed at the 2011 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
We bring the Challenger SRT8 ACR up because we think it’s possible that Dodge could use similar techniques employed with the SEMA track car for its all-new Challenger Demon. The Demon is expected to be purpose-built for the quarter-mile, but the weight reduction processes should be similar.
The SRT8 ACR saw the Challenger’s couch-like front seats replaced by carbon fiber bucket seats with racing harnesses, while the rear bench was removed in favor of a roll bar and fire extinguisher. Carbon fiber door panels with red pull straps (like those seen on the Ram Rebel TRX) and a carbon fiber hood, trunk rear spoiler and taillight surrounds, helped stripped more mass. The SRT8 ACR also marked the first tight we got a glimpse at the alloy wheels that are now standard on the 707 horsepower Hellcat, however we know a different set of lightweight wheels will be in store for the Demon.
We’ll know how intense Dodge’s diet for the Demon truly was when the vehicle debuts this April.