Dodge famously proclaimed its new 2018 Challenger SRT Demon was so fast it was ‘banned’ from drag strips by the NHRA. That’s only half true, though, because you’re still welcome to take your Demon to any drag strip you like – you just need to fit a roll cage if you want to run under 10 seconds in the quarter-mile.
According to NHRA rules, any car that runs under 10 seconds in the quarter-mile requires a full roll cage, door bars and all. The Demon is capable of completing the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds, but that’s in its lightest specification with the skinny front ‘cheater’ tires installed, racing fuel in the lines and a professional driver behind the wheel. If you leave the Demon on pump gas, Dodge claims it will run 9.96 second quarter-mile and again, that’s in ideal conditions. In the real world, you’ll be well above 10 seconds.
So don’t worry, most Dodge Demon buyers will be free to drive their 800 plus horsepower factory drag racer to the drag strip, run it hard all day and drive it home with no modifications, just as Dodge has advertised. The owners that are putting the Demon on pump gas and chasing quarter-mile records will probably trailer the car to and from the track anyway, so they’ll have no qualms about putting a roll cage in it. One tuning company, Hennessey Performance Engineering, is already offering to upgrade the Demon to 1,500 horsepower and put a roll cage and parachute system in the car. They clearly have big plans for Dodge’s newest hellacious creation.