The 2018 Dodge Demon will feature a special ‘TransBrake’ that will enable launch forces that Dodge says were “previously unattainable by street legal production vehicles.”
The TransBrake locks the output shaft of the transmission, allowing the driver to take advantage of brake-free launches instead of having to two-foot launch the car with their feet on the gas and brake at the same time. The system is engaged by pulling the steering wheel shift paddle – just pull on the lever and down the drag strip you go.
The TransBrake feature includes a driveline preload process as well, which applies even torque through the entire driveline all the way to the wheels prior to launch, ensuring full torque delivery just 150 milliseconds after the paddle is pulled to actuate the TransBrake. The system works in conjunction with the Demon’s two-step Torque Reserve system that we outlined last week.
Dodge says the TransBrake also compliment the Demon;’s lightweight brake package, which enables the use of skinny front-runner wheels at the drag strip (which will be included in the Demon’s performance crate). With the TransBrake locking the car at the start line, drivers don’t have to worry about overriding the front tires and brakes and creeping forward, ruining their launch.
Check out the preview video for the TransBrake, entitled ‘Lock & Load’ embedded above. The 2018 Dodge Demon is set to make its debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show early next month.